UPDATE: MRHD announces partnership to bring land-based Hard Rock Casino to downtown Sioux City
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Sioux City's Battery Building could soon "generate" a lot energy in downtown Sioux City. A developer out of Las Vegas wants to turn it into a Hard Rock Casino.
That's all up to the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission, though. For weeks they've taken applications for a new gaming license in Woodbury County.The non-profit for Sioux City's Argosy Casino, Missouri River Historical Development, wants in. But, they need an operator to submit with first.
Wednesday, MRHD announced it has one. They've picked Sioux City Entertainment. It's a subsidiary of Warner Gaming out of Las Vegas. MRHD says the company's plan to put a Hard Rock Casino downtown is exactly what they were looking for.
"This is a very wow factor event. It's something that's going to cause synergy in downtown, it's going to create business, traffic and all kinds of activity down there. It's marvelous," said MRHD President Mark Monson.
Here are some specs; The Hard Rock would create 500 permanent jobs, be a $100 million investment, and offer 100,000 square feet. It would have table games, slots, three restaurants, a beer garden, and an up to 1000 seat venue for "nationally recognized" entertainment.
"We wanted to introduce amenities that would be complementary and not compete with the community, but really add to it. I think it's going to be a great fit," said President of Sioux City Entertainment Bill Warner.
Warner, says their parent company already manages the Hard Rock Casino in Vegas. He says building in Sioux City is music to his ears.
"We really understood the strong music culture there is to Sioux City, and the fact that Sioux City is a regional entertainment hub," said Warner.
This "rocking" concept all hinges on the IRGC choosing it from their list of gaming license applicants. MRHD president Monson feels there's little to worry about.
"We think we have one killer proposal. It's just good as gold," he said.
The IRGC wants all applications for the license by November 1st. They say they'll announce who gets it in April.
Reps with Sioux City Entertainment say if they're picked, we could see construction as soon as next summer.
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