“We are planning a state-of-the-art facility with a wide range of non-gaming amenities that will provide a world-class entertainment experience unique to the region,” said chairman of Hard Rock International, Jim Allen.
This proposal was announced as Massachusetts lawmakers worked to put through a bill which would allow three resort-style casinos throughout the state, including one that would be located in the Western part of the state.
Hard Rock said it had formed a partnership with Paper City Development to develop a casino at the Wyckoff Country Club, located in Holyoke, and predicts that, if built, the casino will generate more than $100 million a year in tax revenue for the state. Paper City had said it previously wanted to pursue building a casino at the site and, if it happened, the group would voluntarily give back 2.5% of it’s net revenues to the community.
Versions of the casino bill have been approved in both the Senate and the house, and a six-member committee has been appointed to work out the difference between the two bills.
The Hard Rock brand is currently associated with five U.S. casino/hotel properties: Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Biloxi, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Hollywood (Florida), Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tulsa and Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa.