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US – Ground-breaking set for California’s $600m Hard Rock Tejon

By - 11 December 2023

The ground-breaking of the $600m Hard Rock Tejon, in Kern County, California, is now just days away with The Tejon Indian Tribe, in partnership with Hard Rock International, confirming it will take place on December 14.

The Class III gaming compact will include a 166,500-square-foot gaming floor, a 400-room, 11-storey hotel, convention space, an event centre, and a restaurant. The project will include two phases. The first phase will consist of an approximately 150,000-square-foot casino featuring 3,000 slot machines, 48 table games, and multiple food and beverage venues including the renowned Hard Rock Cafe. It is likely to take 22 months to complete. Phase II will include the 400-room hotel, 2,800-seat Hard Rock Live event center, additional casino space, restaurants, pool, fitness facility, and spa.

The Tejon Indian Tribe and Hard Rock International, owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, first announced the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tejon project, in 2019.

The Hard Rock Tejon project’s economic impact on Kern County will be substantial. The project is expected to create more than 1,000 construction jobs and over 2,000 permanent jobs once completed, plus creating additional jobs due to the economic multiplier effect during construction and after opening.

In addition to providing new entertainment amenities, the project will also bring much needed improvements in public safety to southern Kern County.

“Kern County will reap significant economic benefits from this exciting $600m hospitality and entertainment project,” said Richard Chapman, CEO of Kern Economic Development Corporation. “The region will also experience a tremendous influx of ‘new money’ into our local economy as the resort will draw people from throughout California. The Hard Rock brand is iconic in the industry and will further add to the value of the development.”

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