The new Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana celebrated its May 14 grand opening with a traditional guitar-smashing ceremony and live music including a performance by Chicago blues great Buddy Guy.
Powers & Sons is one of three firms that comprised the general contracting and construction management team. Surrounding the 210,000 SF casino are roads, walkways, and surface parking for 2,340 vehicles and tour buses. A 37-foot signature neon guitar marks the main entrance. Inside, the gaming floor features a grand walkway with art chandelier. The 150,000 SF main gaming area holds 80 tables with games like Blackjack, Mini Baccarat, Pai Gow, and Spanish 21. Patrons can play 1,637 of the most popular slots as well as video poker and video roulette. The casino features a High Limit Slots room, Sportsbook, the acoustically pure Hard Rock Live indoor concert venue with unobstructed sight lines, and Hard Rock gift shop. A Hard Rock Cafe, Asian noodle bar, and a high-end steakhouse are among its five unique food concepts.
The $150,000,000 casino is operated by Hard Rock International owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Future expansion plans call for the addition of a 200-room Hard Rock Hotel on the property. In 2019, Indiana passed a new gaming law that authorized construction. 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 land-based operation. The groundbreaking ceremony was January 9, 2020.