The general manager of the new Hard Rock Casino under construction in Sioux City, Iowa, says the $128-million complex will open on August 1st. A firm date for the opening had not previously been announced.
Todd Moyer says they are in the process of hiring 500 people to work in the facility.
Moyer says the recruitment efforts have gone very well, and they have a lot of interested applicants. He says they are inviting anyone interested in joining the casino to apply.
Moyer says they are still working on the details of the grand opening.
Mark Monson, the leader of the non-profit group Missouri River Historical Development, says he is looking forward to the opening.
“We will start to draw down funds and make it possible for us to get back into providing grants to nonprofits within the county,” Monson says, “and to develop some interest in economic development to make sure Woodbury County grows.”
His group had worked with the casino riverboat, but the company that runs the boat has not paid its bills in several months. Penn National Gaming is holding the money normally given to MRHD in a separate account as it goes through bankruptcy.
By Woody Gottburg, KSCJ, Sioux City