The temporary Hard Rock Casino in Rockford, Illinois has revealed that they attracted a record number of visitors in July, having 45,000 people visit during the month.
The number of visitors eclipsed the previous high of 37,000 of people who came to the casino in June. The location has a restaurant, sports bar, and more than 600 slot machines for players to test their luck with.
Since it opened, there has been more than $1 million in tax revenues generated for the city of Rockford. The city receives 70% of tax revenues generated by the casino, with the rest going to the state.
Regarding the casino's performance, Rockford mayor Tom McNamara said, "Prior to this casino, not only did citizens want a casino for 30 years, but we had citizens going to Indiana, going to Wisconsin, going to Iowa to gamble, so all of this money was fleeing the state of Illinois and specifically fleeing the city of Rockford and I think we're seeing right now how of that money was fleeing."
The casino opened last November and is a placeholder while the full-service casino is being built. When it opens, the casino will create 1,200 permanent jobs, a large gaming floor, restaurants, a hotel, and more. The full construction of the facility will be $310 million.