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Sneak peek at progress of Hard Rock Hotel and Casino


Construction work on Sioux City's Hard Rock Hotel and Casino is still on track for a summer opening.

Three-hundred workers swarmed the site on Thursday. Even though they've made a lot of progress since they broke ground last August, there's still a lot of work ahead.

It's pretty overwhelming when you first get inside because there are so many different people from various trades working on all parts of the building.

But, officials at the Hard Rock said it's this kind of collaboration that's keeping them on track to open on time.

"This is the main entrance for most of our guests.This is where you can pull off and have your valet parked and you'll walk in, there will be this tremendous sense of arrival. You're right in the middle of this casino floor," Hard Rock Hotel and Casino General Manager Todd Moyer said.

Moyer said this casino will have 25 table games and more than 800 slot machines.

"But, really those slots aren't just slot machines. They're super computers," Moyer said. 

Miles of wiring will all be contained under the flooring that's raised 18 inches off of the main floor. The raised floor has more than one benefit. One-hundred percent of the air in the building can be transferred in 24 minutes through these holes.

"This will take any kind of bad air all the way up through the ceiling and then fresh air comes in and recirculates from outside, down through the columns, fills this air pocket, and comes back up," Moyer said.

Connected to the casino is an entertainment venue called "Anthem."

"It will really be the life center of the casino floor, it will create that vibe for the whole casino floor and all the action there," Moyer said

Anthem can hold up to 850 people for a show. If you get hungry, there will be several options to satisfy your taste buds.

"The buffet is called the World Tour Buffet and it's going to have food from around the globe and some of the best of it," Moyer said.

The other restaurant will be called "Main and Abbey." And, for guests who plan to stay over at the hotel, Moyer said they will get to experience the old Battery Building like never before.

"Each of the rooms we've complemented with the beautiful, ornate brick walls, and the beautiful arched window ways, all made out of brick. We've brought back to life this old wood, these solid columns," Moyer said.

This will be the hallway guests walk down from the hotel to the casino, which connects Sioux City's past of the Battery Building to Sioux City's future of the gaming industry.

Most of the ground work like the walls, lighting, electricity, and heating are done at this point.

"Now, it's coming down to the fun stuff, the final finishes. The things that are really going to make it a Hard Rock," Moyer said.

Moyer said they expect the carpet to arrive by next week, which he said will transform the space in a huge way.

And, when it comes to entertainment, Moyer promises there will be something for everyone.

They've already booked comedians, jazz musicians, and blues artists to perform. Moyer said they plan to have 200 nights of live entertainment once the facility is opened.

He expects that list to come out within the next couple of days.

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