Both the Hard Rock Atlantic City and the Ocean Resorts Casino have opened ahead of their set grand opening date.
Perhaps it was a way to try to outdo the other or both gaming venues were just ready to begin offering services, whatever the case may be, the Hard Rock Atlantic City and the Ocean Resorts Casino are both now open, earlier than expected. Both casinos were supposed to open on the 28th of this month, but instead, decided to begin offering services on the 27th.
While both venues were supposed to open on Thursday, they were given the go-ahead to open on Wednesday in the afternoon hours by the state’s Division of Gaming Enforcement. Full operations can now be expected at both venues. While each has already opened, they both plan on hosting large grand opening ceremonies to celebrate the occasion.
The Hard Rock was ready for opening by 3pm on Wednesday while the Ocean Resort Casino was given permission a little later, at 5:45pm. Both wasted no time opening their doors and letting gamblers inside. Both operators felt a sigh of relief as they could now begin to offer their services without delay.
The Hard Rock definitely did not want to take away from their opening ceremony by opening early, but also wanted to let players inside. The opening ceremonies include a massive guitar smashing on the Boardwalk as well as celebrities onsite. Hard Rock Senior Vice President of Marketing, Todd Moyer, stated:
More Gaming in AC
With the opening of the two casinos, Atlantic City now has nine casinos in operation. This is most gaming venues the region has had for several years now. Back in 2014, there were 12 in operation but four shut down that year. In 2016, a fifth venue closed, and the area was down to just 7 operating facilities.
The Hard Rock Atlantic City is located in the former Trump Taj Mahal, the last gaming venue to close in Atlantic City. The Ocean Resort Casino is located in the former Revel Casino building on the Boardwalk. Both were two of the gaming venues that had shut down in the region and now, the area can continue to renew, adding 6,000 employment positions that were lost during the casino shutdown.
The largest transformation between the two properties can be seen within the Hard Rock. The former Trump property had remained heavily decorated in a Taj Mahal theme with gold and red, that was first installed by Donald and Ivana Trump. Visitors to the casino are likely not to recognize the place as it looks completely different.
The Hard Rock brand has used their signature rock ‘n’ roll touch to decorate the facility in a musical theme. Memorabilia and other décor can be found throughout the property, including items from Whitney Houston, Bob Dylan, Katy Perry and other famous musicians.
Visitors to the property can enjoy viewing the musical memorabilia and take part in gaming on the casino floor, dining at several establishments and taking in the overall fun and exciting atmosphere.
It will be interesting to see how the casinos fare now that they are open. It will take until August to see a report with a full month of revenues, but one should expect both properties to do quite well during their first month of operation.