Indiana is getting a Hard Rock Casino for the first time Hard Rock International and Spectacle Entertainment held a groundbreaking ceremony Jan. 9 for the development and construction of Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana in Gary, Indiana.
Chairman of the Seminole Tribe Marcellus W. Osceola Jr. was joined at the event by representatives of Hard Rock International and Spectacle Entertainment, HRI’s partner on the project. Three members of the Jackson 5 – Jackie, Marlon and Tito Jackson – were on hand as well.
The Jackson 5 was founded in Gary.
The 200,000-square-foot entertainment complex will include six food venues, a sportsbook, a retail shop, a 2,000-seat showroom and more than 2,130 gaming positions.
Phase two of the project will see the addition of a 200-plus-room hotel and a multi-level parking garage.
Spectacle Entertainment Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rod Ratcliff stated, “Breaking ground for Hard Rock Casino Northern Indiana is the start of an incredible partnership between Spectacle Entertainment, Hard Rock International and the City of Gary, Indiana. It is an honor to be here today and to see this dream become a reality. A lot of work has gone into this project, a lot of planning. I’m grateful to all those who played a part in it. There is no doubt this is a game changer for Gary, Indiana, and the entire Northern Indiana region.”
Spectacle Entertainment pledged to work with minority and women-owned businesses.
All 17 senior leaders at Spectacle’s Majestic Star Casino are board directors for local charitable and community organizations in Gary and the Northern Indiana region.
The team has sponsored, participated and volunteered in multiple local events and programs.
Hard Rock’s involvement drew praise from the Jacksons.
“I want to thank Hard Rock International for recognizing that Gary, Indiana, is a special place,” Marlon Jackson said. “Building this casino will stimulate jobs in Gary, Indiana. Building this casino will increase the economy, and we look forward to working with the mayor, and hopefully bring historical events here.”
“Keep in mind that this doesn’t impact just Gary itself; it impacts globally to the state of Indiana because of all the people that are going to come here,” Chairman Osceola said.