Northfield Park's new casino to be officially named Hard Rock Rocksino

NORTHFIELD, Ohio - Very often when a horse track gets gambling it's called a racino, as in the new Thistledown Racino set to open this spring in North Randall. The folks at Hard Rock though took a spin on that in coming up with a new gaming brand "Rocksino."

Hard Rock announced Monday their new joint venture with Northfield Park will be the first property to carry the Rocksino name.

"We want to bring something special to a region so rich in music history and are proud this location will launch the 'Rocksino' brand,” said Jim Allen, chairman of Hard Rock International.

"Hard Rock is committed to building the premier entertainment and gaming destination in the area," he said. "The Rocksino is sure to become a the premiere entertainment and gaming destination in the Midwest."

Site preparation work began at the track last month. The free standing, slots only casino will rise out of the parking lot near the existing track. It's set to open to the public in December.

"We are excited to work with the dynamic, world-renowned Hard Rock brand on this project and are certain the Rocksino will enhance the Northfield Park racetrack experience for our visitors,” said Brock Milstein, chairman and CEO of Northfield Park and Milstein Entertainment.

“We are also excited to report that construction is underway and on schedule. We look forward to holding a job fair in late 2013 offering great jobs for all skill sets, and ultimately, generating more than 600 new permanent jobs upon the Rocksino’s opening," Milstein continued.

The Rocksino in Northfield Park will feature 2,300 slots or VLTs; entertainment such as celebrity musicians, functions and banquets at the Hard Rock Live music venue, the fifth of its kind, which will hold up to 2,600 guests.

The property is slated to offer multiple dining outlets, including a Hard Rock Cafe, a sports-inspired premium steakhouse, Center Bar and buffet.

Northfield and Thistledown are two of the state's seven horse tracks able to offer slots under the direction of the Ohio Lottery. Scioto Downs outside of Columbus was the first track in the state to open its racino last year.

Print this article Back to Top

Comments

More casino coverage

Get your first look inside the Hard Rock Rocksino at Northfield Park set to open December 18 Get your first look inside the Hard Rock Rocksino at Northfield Park set to open December 18

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Get your first look inside the new Hard Rock Rocksino at Northfield Park.

Hard Rock Rocksino in Northfield Park Gallery Hard Rock Rocksino in Northfield Park Gallery

The new Hard Rock Rocksino in Northfield Park features 2,300 slot machines as well as restaurants and live entertainment that keep with the Hard Rock theme.

New casino, restaurants brighten downtown Las Vegas New casino, restaurants brighten downtown Las Vegas

The newest addition to Las Vegas' resurgent downtown announced itself this week with a marching band, a ribbon cutting and showgirls.

Horseshoe Cleveland regains top spot among Ohio casinos in October, ThistleDown continues to grow Horseshoe Cleveland regains top spot among Ohio casinos in October, ThistleDown continues to grow

October numbers up for ThistleDown and Horseshoe over September.

Section of Horseshoe Casino walkway being assembled on Prospect Avenue Section of Horseshoe Casino walkway being assembled on Prospect Avenue

The new walkway linking the Horseshoe Casino's parking garage to the second floor of the downtown gaming center is beginning to take shape.

Horseshoe Casino Cleveland numbers up slightly in September thanks to house take on table games Horseshoe Casino Cleveland numbers up slightly in September thanks to house take on table games

September revenue numbers released Monday show the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland posting a slight revenue jump over August figures but down 8.4 percent over September 2012.

Cuyahoga County pushes tax on free casino rooms Cuyahoga County pushes tax on free casino rooms

Cuyahoga county is pushing a plan to raise $2 million annually by taxing hotel rooms the Cleveland casino gives away as perks to high rollers.

Are slots really looser at one casino vs. another? A look at the August Ohio casino numbers Are slots really looser at one casino vs. another? A look at the August Ohio casino numbers

Is there really a difference from casino to casino in Ohio when it comes to how much you win?

Horseshoe Casino numbers down for AugustHorseshoe Casino Cleveland numberfalls behind Cincinnati as state Horseshoe Casino numbers down for AugustHorseshoe Casino Cleveland numberfalls behind Cincinnati as state's top casino earner

Revenue numbers released Monday for August show the Horseshoe Casino Cleveland down 4.8 percent from July, and 17.2 percent compared to August 2012.

Horseshoe Casino celebrates football season with outdoor party on Public Square Horseshoe Casino celebrates football season with outdoor party on Public Square

Horseshoe Casino is celebrating the return of football with the Ultimate Cleveland Tailgate party on Public Square.