New Gary casino to be named for manager Hard Rock

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The owner of the two Majestic Star casinos in Gary’s Buffington Harbor has announced a partnership with Hard Rock International to build its planned casino along the Interstate 80/94 corridor.

The joint venture would relocate one of the Majestic Star gaming licenses to the new $300 million facility, which would be branded and managed by Florida-based Hard Rock. The license for the other casino is expected to be used to open a casino in Terre Haute. Both moves were outlined in legislation signed by Gov. Eric Holcomb in May.

Spectacle Entertainment, the owner of the Gary casinos, has filed a request for city zoning approval for construction of the new casino on about 32 acres of vacant land along I-80/94, according to The Times of Northwest Indiana.

The plans show a 258,000-square-foot casino and an attached “future hotel” of unspecified size.

Meanwhile, Spectacle has closed a 300-room hotel that served both Majestic Star casinos on Buffington Harbor. Spectacle Vice President Jahnae Erpenbach said the hotel had declining occupancy and making needed renovations didn’t make sense with the upcoming casino move.

The new casino is expected to offer up to 2,764 gaming positions and multiple restaurants and entertainment options, including a Hard Rock Cafe and Hard Rock Live concert venue.

Hard Rock International recently closed its restaurant in downtown Indianapolis, which opened in 1999.

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