The stakes are high in the battle for a new land-based casino in Sioux City. Monday, one of the three groups wanting to develop here, pitched their idea to the local Rotary Club.
Las Vegas based company, Sioux City Entertainment, has plans to turn the Battery Building downtown into a Hard Rock Casino and Hotel.
For the last few weeks, SCE has been speaking to different groups, like Rotary. They're trying to gain public support and answer questions about their project, before the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission awards a new gaming license in April.
The Hard Rock project would cost more than $130 million. It would feature three restaurants, a 60-room hotel, an 800-person concert venue, 800 slots and 32 table games.
Officials say the project is a winner.
"I think we have the most powerful brand, the Hard Rock brand is a world-wide known brand. We have the most amenities. I really think we'll make the most money for the non-profit, the state, and the city," said Sioux City Entertainment V.P. Jerry Hill.
SCE officials anticipate they'll make more than $90 million in gaming revenue, their first year.
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