The Indiana Gaming Commission has approved the move to relocate the Gary’s Majestic Star casinos from Lake Michigan to a land-based site. In a unanimous vote on Wednesday, the gaming commission approved the shifting of the casinos to Borman Expressway at Burr Street.
The land-based casinos will be rebranded as Hard Rock Casino.
This is an unprecedented move when a floating casino has been approved to shift in-land. The decision comes after the Indiana legislature enacted House Enrolled Act 1015 earlier in May this year.
“This will truly create a destination location within Northwest Indiana, and specifically the city of Gary,” Gaming Commissioner Joseph Svetanoff, of Crown Point, said before making the motion to approve the casino move.
Spectacle Entertainment which owns and operates the two casinos has confirmed that the construction of the land-based casino will begin soon. The estimated budget is $300 million for the 225,000-square-foot facility.
The gambling facility will also host over 2,000 slot machines, a sportsbook, a Hard Rock Cafe, a 2,000-seat Hard Rock Live music performance venue, several restaurants and bars. There is also a plan to develop a 200-room hotel and parking garage.
John Keeler, Spectacle vice president and general counsel, said the new in-land casino will employ up to 1,600 workers. He said that they expect the casino to be open by Dec 2020.