5400 West 29th Avenue
Gary, Indiana 46406
The grand opening of the Hard Rock Casino in Gary, Indiana was May 14, 2021. It was preceeded by the traditional Hard Rock guitar-smashing ceremony that morning.
Artist rendering of Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana in Gary.
Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana is a $300 million casino with a Hard Rock Cafe, Hard Rock Live concert center and a 200-room hotel.
The Gary casino is operated by Hard Rock International owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
In 2019 Indiana passed a new gaming law that authorized construction of a new casino in Gary. Spectacle Entertainment, who had purchased the two Majestic Star casino boats in Buffington Harbor in March 2019, was granted permission to move the Majestic Star casino licenses to a new casino to be constructed on land in Gary, Indiana.
On Dec 17, 2019 the Indiana Gaming Commission issued a final authorization to Spectacle Entertainment to replace its two Majestic Star Casino boats with a land casino in Gary at 29th Avenue and Burr Street. The commission also approved Hard Rock International as a minority owner.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the Hard Rock Casino Gary was held January 9, 2020. See News Article
In December 2020 the Indiana Gaming Commission suspended the gaming license of Rod Ratcliff, the former CEO and major shareholder of Spectacle Entertainment. The action stopped the licensing process for the Hard Rock and delayed the opening date. The issue was resolved in March 2021 and the Indiana Gaming Commission lifted its hold for the opening date.
The grand opening of the Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana was May 14. See details
The site of Hard Rock Casino Gary is a 27-acre parcel on the southside of the Borman Expressway at Burr Street and 29th Avenue.
Construction of the Hard Rock Casino Gary was planned in two phases:
The first phase of construction built the 200,000-square-foot casino including a Hard Rock Cafe and Hard Rock Live concert venue. The groundbreaking was January 9, 2020 and the grand opening was May 14, 2021.
The second phase of construction will add a 200-room hotel and parking structure. This phase will open in 2022-2023.
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$300 million casino with 200,000 total square feet
150,000-square-foot gaming floor
1,650 slot machines
80 table games
Sportsbook and bar
Asian Games High-Limit Room
Hard Rock Cafe
Council Oak Steaks & Seafood
YOUYU Noodle Bar
Council Oak Bar
Hard Rock Cafe Center Bar
Hard Rock-themed entertainment and concert venue with 2,000-seats.
Hard Rock-themed retail store with clothing, accessories, and music-related gifts.
Future 200-room hotel - Opening as early as 2022-2023 (Construction phase 2)
September 1, 2021
Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana has signed a multi-year sponsorship deal with naming rights for the White Sox Radio Network. Hard Rock Casino will now be part of every White Sox radio broadcast throught to end of the 2023 season.
In a press release, the ESPN 1000 Market Manager, Mike Thomas, said: "I can't wait to hear Len Kasper say: 'The ESPN 1000 Hard Rock Casino White Sox Network' in each game for years to come."
The network branding with Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana will be heard on radio by White Sox fans across Illinois, Indiana and Iowa.
August 24, 2021
Hard Rock International is taking majority ownership of the Hard Rock Casino in Gary, Indiana after a deal was worked out with the Indiana Gaming Commission and Spectacle Entertainment, a partner in the Gary casino.
Spectacle Entertainment agreed to sale its share of casino stock to Hard Rock International after a top executive at Spectacle was charged by feds for illegal political contributions using casino money.
The Indiana Gaming Commission met last Wednesday and voted unanimously to approve the deal. Hard Rock International is now the majority owner of Hard Rock Northern Indiana with an 85% share.
Hard Rock International is an enterprise of the Seminole Tribe of Florida.
May 14, 2021
The grand opening today of the Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana began with a traditional guitar smash at 11AM. Several legendary rock celebritees joined in the ceremony.
Hard Rock Casino o Gary opened its doors to the public at 5PM.
May 14, 2021
The Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana in Gary will open its doors for the first time today at 5PM. A traditional guitar-smashing ceremony is scheduled for 10AM this morning followed by the grand opening at 5PM. The public is invited to the 5PM event.
The opening of the Hard Rock casino completes the first phase of construction at Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana. The second phase of construction will build a 200-room hotel, which will open in 18-24 months.
Updates to the grand opening will be posted here at the end of the day.
May 11, 2021
As the grand opening of the Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana approaches within a few days, the casino president, Matt Schuffert, gives of video tour of the features and amenities of the new casino.
Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana will celebrate its grand opening on Friday May 14, 2021. That day will begin with a traditional guitar smash ceremony at 10 AM followed by the grand opening ceremony at 5 PM. The public is invited.
April 9, 2021
As a prelude to next month's the grand opening, Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana unveiled its new guitar marquee sign last night when it lit up the 37-foot tall sign designed after Joe Jackson's guitar.
Joe Jackson's "Guitar that Changed the World" will be one of the rock 'n roll memorability items on display inside Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana.
The grand opening of the Hard Rock Casino in Gary is May 14, 2021.
March 24, 2021
Hard Rock International announced yesterday the date for opening the Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana will be May 14. The traditional guitar smash will be held at 10 AM that day and the public is invited to enter the casino at 5 PM. This official opening will follow a practice event on May 13 with a private party that night for invited guests and VIPs.
As the final stages of construction are now nearly finished, equipment is being installed in the gaming area, the restaurants and entertainment venue. The 200-room hotel is scheduled for the second phase of construction and will open sometime in 2022-2023.
March 3, 2021
Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana can now proceed forward with announcing an opening date after the Indiana Gaming Commission accepted a resolution of ownership issues that had prompted a casino licensing hold. The grand opening has been targeted for Spring 2021; however, construction is nearly finished, and an updated announcement of a specific opening date is expected soon.
The Indiana Gaming Commission delayed the Hard Rock casino license due to ownership issues with Rod Ratcliff, the former CEO and major shareholder of Majestic Star. To resolve the issues, Ratcliff agreed to sell his ownership interests and permanently leave the state's gaming industry.
Ratcliff sold his shares of Hard Rock Northern Indiana to the Seminole Tribe of Florida, owners of the Hard Rock brand and a part owner in the Gary casino. Ratcliff sold additional shares to the company building Rocksino by Hard Rock in Terre Haute.
February 4, 2021
As construction nears completion on the $300 million Hard Rock Casino in Gary Indiana, the Indiana Gaming Commission is deciding an ownership controversy regarding a major investor in the casino.
The commission has imposed an emergency suspension on the gaming license of Rod Ratcliff, the former CEO and major shareholder of Majestic Star. This action effectively stops the licensing of the Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana while Ratcliff is an owner or several background issues are sorted out.
A statement from the Indiana Gaming Commission reads:
"The new inland casino in Gary is important to the state and local community. The commission is focused on seeing the project completed and operational.
"Unfortunately, the actions of parties associated with Spectacle have created a high level of uncertainty regarding both suitability and project timeline. Until an acceptable path forward is identified, the commission will continue to act within its authority to protect gaming revenues and employees at the current operation in Gary."
- Sara Tait, Executive Director
In the meantime, the Hard Rock Casino may sit empty after construction is completed. To offset a loss in tax revenues, the Indiana Gaming Commission has directed the Majestic Star Casinos on Lake Michigan to not shut down in March or April as planned, but instead be prepared to operate until at least June.
January 9, 2020
The Jacksons were featured at today's groundbreaking ceremony of the $300 million Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana.
The ceremony was held in a huge tent at the center of the 30-acre casino site at the Borman Expressway and Burr Street. Attendees included three members of the Jackson 5, casino executives and state and local officials.
Jahnae Erpenbach, Executive VP of Spectacle Entertainment, expressed his enthusiasm for the casino:
"We are ready to rock the Region! As a Hard Rock destination, we are going to deliver unparalleled fun, excitement and incredible entertainment value."
The grand opening is targeted for New Years Eve 2020.
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