Bristol Casino- Future Home of Hard Rock Opens to the Public

Bristol Hard Rock Open

  • The Bristol Casino- Future Home of Hard Rock had its grand opening on July 8th.
  • Built as a temporary casino, it will operate until the permanent Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Bristol will open in 24 months.
  • The permanent casino is expected to create 2,000 new jobs and bring in an estimated $21 million in annual tax revenues to Bristol.

The Bristol Casino- Future Home of Hard Rock celebrated its grand opening on July 8th with a ceremony attended by Hard Rock officials, state and local officials, business leaders, and members of the local community.

The gambling property will be open 24/7 with ample parking space. Aside from its main casino floor, it has a non-smoking section and a high-limit gambling area. Guests can also dine at Mr. Lucky’s restaurant or buy food at the grab-and-go food outlet. Customers can enjoy a few drinks at the Bristol sports bar which also offers live entertainment.

Said Allie Evangelista, President of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Bristol:

“Lots of hard work and preparation has gone into getting ready for the Grand Opening of ‘Bristol Casino – Future Home of Hard Rock.’ I could not be prouder of our amazing team in the energy and enthusiasm they have shown to help us open the doors to guests today. The casino will join the region’s other fun entertainment and recreational tourism assets to help attract even more visitors to Bristol, the Tri-Cities, and Southwest Virginia. Come check out the casino – to game and dine – you’ll love it!”

Temporary Casino

Bristol Casino – Future Home of Hard Rock is the temporary casino facility for what will be the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Bristol. The interim site has 80,000 to 100,000 square feet of space, including a 30,000 square foot gaming area. The casino is equipped with 870 slot machines, 21 table games, and the first brick-and-mortar sportsbook in the state with five betting windows and 15 self-service kiosks.

The temporary casino will operate until the permanent structure is ready to open its doors to the public in the summer of 2024. The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Bristol will be a larger gambling property that will have 2,700 slot machines and 100 table games open. It will have five restaurants, four bars, a Rock Spa with seven treatment rooms, and an indoor/outdoor entertainment venue that will be open 24/7.

Just the Start

The Bristol Casino – Future Home of Hard Rock is just the start of good things to come for Bristol. The temporary site has created over 600 good-paying jobs in the locality and that number is expected to climb to around 2,000 plus 1,500 indirect jobs once the permanent casino opens its doors in 24 months.

The benefits also extend across Southwest Virginia as communities will receive tax revenues from the project. During its proposal, the owners estimate annual tax payments of $21 million to Bristol. Likewise, local businesses in the Tri-Cities will also get a boost from increased tourist visits and spending.

Shane Acedera / Author

Shane grew up watching the Magic & Bird rivalry but ended up rooting for Detroit's Bad Boys team in the 1990s NBA. He loves to tell sports stories and has been writing about sports since high school. When Shane isn't busy jotting down his thoughts, he's just chillin' at home with his wife Rocelle and their two dogs named Horry and Fisher. He recently added a new family member, adopting a handsome retired K-9 named Ranger.

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