Hard Rock Delays Virginia Casino Opening

Last week it was revealed that the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Bristol in Virginia has delayed its opening by about six months.

The casino property was originally slated to open in July, but the company announced that it has been granted a six-month delay by regulators as they continue to finish work on the facility. The company stated that the original opening date was scheduled to meet the needs of regulators, as they were granted a two-year temporary license and that timeframe would have come to pass on July 8th.

Now, the company will be permitted for later in the year, allowing the company to finish the property instead of opening an incomplete experience.

The casino's construction has seen a 303-room hotel as well as casino floor with 75 tables and 1,500 slots being constructed. Hard Rock says that they're still hiring for various positions for when the property opens.

Regarding the change, Hard Rock Bristol President Allie Evangelista said: "The July opening was really a purpose of meeting regulatory compliance of the two years operating as a temporary property. July 8th of 2024 would be our two years operating this property; that's where we would have to be operating at a permanent facility.

"The biggest benefit is really the guest experience because being able to open all at once, we really can provide and deliver on the hard rock product. There's a wow factor that wouldn't happen if we [were] only opening the casino, which is really just mostly for our gamers. This way, we get to welcome guests for all different reasons, all at once when the property's ready to open."

Casino Listings News will be updating readers when the property officially opens its doors.

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Dustin Jermalowicz // News Editor
Dustin Jermalowicz
Dustin has a long-standing passion for gambling. He has been writing professionally on the subject and breaking industry news for Casino Listings since 2011. His favorite casino games include Blackjack, Poker, and Hi/Lo. A proud native of Detroit, Dustin currently lives in Michigan.


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