Hard Rock International announced last Wednesday that the grand opening of its temporary full-service casino in Bristol will be on July 8th. Dubbed as The Bristol Casino-Future Home of Hard Rock, the facility is located at 500 Gate City Highway.
Said Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Bristol President Allie Evangelista:
“I cannot wait to open the doors on July 8 for our temporary casino in Bristol. We continue to hire new team members daily and are working hard to fill remaining positions with hiring events over the next couple of months, including two events next week. Visitors will be thrilled to enjoy fantastic gaming and dining opportunities at our new property. Bristol Casino — Future Home of Hard Rock will be a major draw to Bristol and the region as we move toward completion of our full-scale resort and casino.”
The temporary facility will have 30,000 square feet of gaming area. It will feature 900 slot machines, 20 table games, and a retail sportsbook, giving its patrons a variety of gambling options. It will have a non-smoking and high-limit gaming area. According to Evangelista, The Bristol Casino will open with the Hard Rock loyalty program called Unity which is being launched all over the world.
The casino will also have a store where Hard Rock merchandises are sold, and a display area that will showcase the permanent Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Bristol that is currently being constructed. Dining options are a restaurant and a grab-and-go food outlet. A sports bar with lounge and entertainment along with an adjacent smoking sports lounge.
Simultaneous to the construction of The Bristol Casino – Future of Hard Rock is the building of the permanent Hard Rock casino at the Sears store location at the former Bristol Mall. The permanent casino has an estimated cost of $400 million and will have 90,000 square feet of gaming area. It will have a 3,200 seat performance venue and a 20,000-person capacity outdoor entertainment venue.
While the temporary casino is expected to generate 600 jobs, the permanent structure will create 2,000 permanent jobs once operational and 1,500 indirect jobs. The state projects that once it’s in full blast mode, the permanent casino will bring an estimated $21 million in annual tax revenue in Bristol. Hard Rock projects the permanent casino to open in late 2024 or 2025.