Groundbreaking For Hard Rock Bristol Coming Soon
The Bristol, Virginia Hard Rock Casino has been open in a temporary spot since the summer, but the long-awaited groundbreaking for the new resort and casino floor is coming soon! Hard Rock International executives were in the area in late October and pronounced that a formal groundbreaking ceremony was imminent:
“We are very excited. We will have a groundbreaking ceremony in the next few weeks. We should be starting some additional demo, potentially as early as next week. We are ready to move forward and will be opening spring-summer of 2024,” Evangelista told the Herald Courier.
Expect big things from the resort when it’s finished. Hard Rock expects to spend $400 million when it’s all said and done, with an array of dining options, rooms and amenities, plus all the cool gear and you’d expect from a Hard Rock Casino.
So far, the casino has already welcomed 40,000 visitors from all over the country, and the strong demand has exceeded expectations. Most of the casino’s action is coming from slots, which isn’t a surprise since it takes up most of the floor space. Table games are still doing well, though, and keeping guests entertained all the while. Looking ahead, the holidays are always a crapshoot. That’s especially true this year with the challenging economic conditions and inflation hitting people hard in their wallets. That said, Hard Rock officials remain optimistic about the future.
Construction isn’t moving in full force yet, but Hard Rock is still hiring, well, hard. After recently bumping pay for its workforce nationwide, entry-level jobs are paying around $18 an hour, well over the $11 statewide minimum wage.
The Hard Rock in Bristol is an easy drive away for those in the Raleigh-Durham Triangle area, with about a 3.5 to 4 hour drive. It’s only about 3 hours from the Greensboro and Piedmont Triad area, as well as Charlotte.
If you’re looking for more options, but you still don’t want to trek all the way to Vegas to try your luck, check out all the other casinos in NC and just across the border.