Hard Rock International has commenced a long-awaited groundbreaking of a permanent casino facility in the Virginian city of Bristol, which comes five months after a temporary venue began welcoming guests.
The project, managed by TN Ward and Berwil Construction, is expected to create approximately 900-1,000 construction-specific jobs, in addition to more than 1,200 full-time and part-time roles once complete.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Bristol will be approximately 300,000 square feet featuring 1,300 slots, 50 table games, a sportsbook, multiple dining options, including a signature Hard Rock Cafe and Council Oak Steaks and Seafood, Rock Shop, Hard Rock Live entertainment venue, authentic music memorabilia, and more.
“From the very start, this property’s economic and community impact has surpassed expectations, and we are thrilled to unveil what’s coming next,” said Jon Lucas, COO of Hard Rock International.
“We are especially grateful to our local partners, Jim McGlothlin and Clyde Stacy, whose vision has made all this possible. Building on our momentum, and with the incredible support from the Virginia Lottery and the Bristol community, we are ready to begin the next chapter.”
With construction ongoing, patrons can access the Bristol Casino – Future Home of Hard Rock temporary casino that boasts 30,000 square feet of casino space and features 870 slots, 21 tables and a sportsbook.
The space features a main casino floor as well as non-smoking and high limit gaming areas, food and beverage options, Bristol bar, sports bar and lounge with live entertainment. Casino guests are able to enjoy the ‘Unity by Hard Rock’ loyalty program.
“This is an exciting day for Bristol!,” added Allie Evangelista, President of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Bristol.
“Our temporary casino has been a tremendous success, and we already have welcomed guests from all 50 states. Our amazing team members – with their friendly smiles and can-do attitudes – are the foundation of this success.
“I cannot wait for the next step, when we open the permanent casino in 2024 and have even more entertainment, dining, and music amenities to offer our customers.”