Hard Rock International will celebrate the grand opening of Hard Rock Cincinnati this coming Friday with ex-Cincinnati Reds player and manager Pete Rose playing a big role in the festivities.
Rose, who is the Major League Baseball record holder for most career hits with 4,256, will be placing the inaugural table bet while also taking part in the casino’s traditional guitar smash. Grammy Award winning band Earth, Wind, and Fire will also perform live during the opening ceremony which will begin at 11 a.m. on October 29th.
Said Hard Rock Casino Cincinnati President George Goldhoff in a statement:
“We know our grand opening will be a big hit with the Hit King Pete Rose and Earth, Wind and Fire here to celebrate with our guests. The Hard Rock Casino brand is globally recognized as a leader in gaming and entertainment. We know our guests will be delighted with our new restaurant, retail, and gaming experiences.”
The Guitar Smash
Instead of the traditional ribbon-cutting ceremony, Hard Rock International opens its new casinos with a “guitar smash” activity which will be participated by Hard Rock officials, leaders of the Seminole Tribe, local officials, and celebrities. Aside from Rose and Earth, Wind, and Fire, other celebrity guests include former Reds catcher Tucker Barnhart, 98 Degrees member Drew Lachey, and Cincinnati Jazz singer Kathy Wade, among others.
Rose however, will be the main guest as he will not only place the first bet and take part in the guitar smash, he will also autograph a specially made guitar for the Hard Rock Casino memorabilia collection. Earth, Wind, and Fire meanwhile, will perform live in the casino’s Events Center.
The festivities culminate a gradual opening that is two years in the making. The Seminole Tribe teamed up with VICI Properties bought the former JACK Cincinnati Casino from JACK Entertainment for $745M in 2019. The transition from JACK to Hard Rock didn’t come right away. Instead, it was well-planned and phased.
Hard Rock addd 250 slot machines to the Ohio casino’s existing offerings. It now has over 1,600 slots and 84 table games housed in 108,800 square feet of gaming area. Last April, the owners opened the Rock Shop in the Casino. Meanwhile, the Hard Rock Cafe was launched last July. Just this Monday, the Council Oaks Steaks and Seafoods opened its doors to the public.