Developers want to build a Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in downtown Sioux City.
The announcement came Friday night from Missouri River Historical Development, the nonprofit group applying for the gaming license the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission has up for grabs. MRHD is partnering with operator Sioux City Entertainment, a subsidiary of Warner Gaming out of Las Vegas. The company wants to turn Sioux City's old battery building into a Hard Rock Casino, exactly what the MRHD says it is looking for.
“This is a very wow factor event,” says MRHD president Mark Monson. “It's something that's going to cause synergy in downtown, it's going to create business, traffic and all kinds of activity down there. It's marvelous."
MRHD says it will create 500 permanent jobs, be a $100 million investment with 100,000 square feet that would include table games, slots, three restaurants, a beer garden and an up to a 1,000 seat venue for "nationally recognized" entertainment.
“We wanted to introduce amenities that would be complementary and not compete with the community, but really add to it,” says Sioux City Entertainment president Bill Warner. “I think it's going to be a great fit."
Warner says their parent company already manages the Hard Rock Casino in Vegas and says building in Sioux City is music to his ears. "We really understood the strong music culture there is to Sioux City and the fact that Sioux City is a regional entertainment hub."
The concept all hinges on the IRGC choosing it from a list of applicants for the gaming license. Monson feels there's little to worry about. "We think we have one killer proposal. It's just good as gold."