Hard Rock International Proposes Three NYC Casino Location Ideas

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The calls to open a major casino in New York City have only intensified over the last couple of years. Various casino companies are interested in operating this proposed casino, including Hard Rock International. New reports have just surfaced claiming Hard Rock International has been proposing three NYC casino location ideas to state leaders.

Location has proven to be a major source of debate for this casino. Officials want to ensure it is opened in an area that residents are happy with. Unfortunately, Hard Rock International is not yet ready to reveal where it may open a casino in the city to the public.

Here’s what you need to know.

Hard Rock International Now has Three NYC Casino Location Ideas

New York’s lawmakers approved a measure to allow commercial casinos in the state back in 2013. Several of these casinos have since opened in the state, all of which are located in the Upstate area. The casinos here have struggled to generate much revenue, largely due to their far distance from New York City.

Officials in New York are beginning to embrace the gambling industry. Online sports betting formally went live here last month. Many in the state are now pushing hard to get a major casino-resort opened in New York City.

Hard Rock International is one casino operator that appears interested in seeing a casino opened in New York City. This week, the company announced that it has three NYC casino location ideas in the works. Company executives are unwilling to reveal these locations, yet told the media they are planning to invest $2 billion on a casino in the Big Apple.

Hard Rock International CEO Jim Allen claims that the company’s new hotel in New York City is simply not large enough to host a casino at any point in the future.

“You have to have a footprint of real estate large enough to take advantage of the size of the market,” he said. “We’re extremely proud of our hotel on 48th Street, but its footprint is just not large enough for gaming. As far as other locations, really we’re waiting on the governor and the committee that’s going to be sending out the request for proposals to see what language is in the bill as to geographic locations that would be acceptable to the state.”

It’s unclear where exactly this casino might open its doors. We’ll be sure to provide updates on these possible location ideas throughout the next year.

New Jersey May be Working to Expand its Casino Industry

For decades, New Jersey has been one of the premier gambling destinations in the United States. Atlantic City is home to a huge number of casinos and helps to draw in millions of tourists every year. This state’s gaming industry has recently been dealing with an increase in competition, though.

New York is beginning to seriously compete with some of the gaming options in New Jersey. The launch of online sportsbooks in the state has led some to claim that New York is now the sports betting capital of the United States. These mobile sportsbooks will almost certainly take away from the revenue earned at New Jersey’s online sportsbooks.

Lawmakers in New York are also interested in expanding the state’s casino industry. Several NYC casino location ideas are being presented. There is reason to believe that this casino would quickly become one of the most successful ones in the country.

Officials in New Jersey are responding with casino expansion plans of their own. Certain state officials are pushing to get a casino opened in Meadowlands. In order for this to happen, voters would need to approve a state constitutional amendment allowing for a casino to open in areas other than Atlantic City.

The entire Northeastern US is developing a large and successful casino industry. New York City is not the only major metropolitan city that is expected to welcome a major casino soon.

Lori Lightfoot is Expected to Reveal the Chicago Casino Location Soon

Illinois is far ahead of states like New York in its casino expansion plans. Lawmakers here approved a Capital Plan all the way back in 2019 that allows for six new casinos to open in the state. The most notable part of this plan was that it allowed for a casino-resort to open in Chicago.

It’s been years since this Capital Plan was approved and very little progress getting the Chicago casino opened has been made. City officials have come up with many delays in getting any approval for this venue. Its location has been a major source of debate over the last few years.

Some have been pushing for this casino to be opened in McCormick Place, a massive convention center in the city. Others were quick to push against this idea.

Lori Lightfoot continues to tell the media that an official location for this Chicago casino will be announced soon. Hope is that this announcement comes within the next month. That could allow for construction to begin this spring and perhaps the casino to open its doors in 2023.

Three NYC casino location ideas have already been presented. Where do you think a casino should open its doors in the Big Apple? Let us know in the comments section below!