Hard Rock, Meadowlands present casino plan
June 03, 2015
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At a press conference held in the Victory Sports Bar at the Meadowlands Racetrack on Wednesday morning, the Meadowlands and Hard Rock Entertainment announced a $1 billion plan for a casino at the racetrack property, if the necessary approvals are obtained. The proposed gaming facility would be built to the left of the grandstand.
Earlier this week New Jersey lawmakers introduced a bill calling for a referendum which would ask voters to approve casino gaming in three northern New Jersey counties. Presently, casino gaming is only permitted in Atlantic City. Many legislators, notably from north Jersey, were in attendance at the press conference.
"We're thrilled to bring this great offering to the New Meadowlands Racetrack,” said Jeff Gural, Chairman of New Meadowlands Racetrack LLC. "With its expertise in gaming, hotels, restaurants, live events, entertainment, and retail offerings, Hard Rock International is the ideal partner for New Meadowlands Racetrack; bringing the globally recognized brand to the racetrack elevates excitement surrounding the project.
"I'm a horse guy and that's what brought me here,” added Gural. "In my heart, this is good for the state of New Jersey. We are dedicated to making this work for the entire state of New Jersey, we certainly would offer jobs to people who lost their jobs in Atlantic City.”
He also cited the importance of the 13,000 New Jersey citizens who make their living in the equine business, and specifically about half of those who make their living through horse racing.
In addition to showing architectural renderings, Hard Rock executive Jim Allen said plans call for 5,000 slot machines and more than 200 table games with 12 to 15 restaurants, and could open as soon as summer or early fall of 2017.
According to a report on northjersey.com, when Allen said an estimated 2,360 jobs would be created during construction, with 5,000 permanent jobs--laborers who attended the press conference cheered.
Click here to read the northjersey.com story.