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UPDATE: Dirt is turned on Hard Rock Hotel and Casino


With the turning of some golden shovels Friday, the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino project in downtown Sioux City is officially underway.

Well, the atmosphere was like something at a Rock Concert and it makes sense as dozens scrambled downtown to catch a glimpse of what's going to be.. Sioux City's newest Rock Star!

"You know, it's fun to turn the dirt.. the kickoff process.. to get it going. but as you can see behind me a lot of work has already started and it's exciting. This is when the fun stuff happens," said Bill Warner, CEO of Sioux City Entertainment.

The gaming and entertainment complex is being erected on 16 acres of property and will incorporate the Historic Battery Building at Third and Water Streets, becoming what City leaders hope will be a 100,000 square foot magnet for future business.

"We've got one chance to get this right for the next 50 years and I think, you know, I think this will be the project that will make a difference in the Downtown community for the next 50 years," said Bob Scott, Sioux City mayor.

"The Hard Rock Casino obviously is a bright point in the Downtown area and I think there's a such a resurgence and a re-energized atmosphere right now in Sioux City," said Kari Kellen, Executive Director of Children's Museum of Siouxland.

Along with its iconic guitar and gold plated records, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino officials said to expect some surprises inside once the Hotel & Casino finally opens.

"It's very exciting and I was very excited when I saw the news it was coming to Sioux City," said Lorne Lane, Sioux City Resident

A groundbreaking ceremony was held at 11:00 A.M. near the Battery Building at the corner of 3rd and Water Streets.

Bill Warner, President of Sioux City Entertainment and Mark Monson, President of Missouri River Historical Development did the honors.

Preparation work has actually been going on since last month on the $120,000,000 project.

Developers say the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City will employ more than 500 people.

It will include several dining options, a live-entertainment venue and an outdoor event park.

It's set to open next summer.



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