ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Hard Rock International – owner of one of the world's most recognized, iconic brands celebrated the official grand opening of Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park in Northeast Ohio on Dec. 18, 2013. The first of its kind, Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park unveiled the newest Hard Rock International property, but also its latest gaming brand, the "Rocksino." Guests enjoyed "behind the velvet rope" access to the legendary guitar smash, which marks the opening of every hotel, casino and cafe worldwide, as well as a special performance by the award-winning Joan Jett and The Blackhearts.
"We are thrilled to continue expanding the Hard Rock gaming brand with our newest venture, the Rocksino," said Jim Allen, chairman of Hard Rock International. "With fine execution, high quality service, classic Hard Rock vibe and custom memorabilia, we look forward to providing an incredible entertainment experience for guests and Hard Rock fans worldwide."
True to Cleveland's roots as the birthplace of rock 'n' roll, guests of the Rocksino are immediately greeted by 200,000 sq. ft. of music and a priceless collection of arena rock memorabilia throughout the entire property, including Eddie Van Halen's treasured red-hot motorcycle in the heart of the Center Bar. In addition to the celebration of the area's musical history, the Rocksino also serves as the premier entertainment and gaming destination in Northeast Ohio, located on the Northfield Park harness racing grounds, which is centrally located just 20 miles southeast of downtown Cleveland and 20 miles north of Akron, and offers more than 200 live harness races each year.
The undying spirit and limitless energy of the Hard Rock brand paired with Northfield Park's world-renowned racetrack makes for the birth of the area's most thrilling gaming and entertainment destination. The Rocksino offers more than 2,200 gaming devices with inside, as well as outdoor seating, and four flavorful dining options, including the world-famous Hard Rock Cafe and Kosar's Wood-Fired Grill, football legend Bernie Kosar's premium steakhouse. Guests are treated to the finest music offerings as the Rocksino boasts a Hard Rock Live music venue, the fifth of its kind, which will serve as a home to unforgettable encores by acclaimed musicians and sell-out crowds of up to 2,600 music lovers, in addition to hosting guests for a variety of functions and banquets. The Rocksino also offers The Club, a 300-seat live venue featuring comedians and illusionists that is also readily available for private parties and events.
As part of an ongoing effort of the Rocksino to represent the community of Northeast Ohio, a portion of all proceeds from the Grand Opening benefited three local charities: the Akron-Canton Regional Food Bank, Cleveland Food Bank and The Kosar Foundation, which provide food and other essential items to numerous hunger relief programs and local pantries throughout the region.
"We're proud to partner with our hometown charities, as part of our grand opening activities," said Jon Lucas president of Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park. "We have a steadfast, undying commitment to help make a difference in the community, and want our business and the community to be prosperous and thrive. Prosperous communities are great places to do business and to attract and retain talent. We will continue to invest our dollars, time, and resources to help our community partners make that happen."
Internationally recognized as a world-class entertainment and lifestyle brand, Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos offer stylish and contemporary design, unparalleled service and the thread that unites them all – music. Hard Rock's current Hotel and Casino portfolio is located in the world's most enviable resort destinations, as well as urban gateway cities. Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos cater to the evolving and distinctive needs of today's cosmopolitan, modern travelers, who seek a reprieve from traditional, predictable properties, whether for business or leisure travel.
For more information or to book a stay at any of the Hard Rock Hotels & Casinos, please visit www.hardrockhotels.com.
About Hard Rock International
With a total of 174 venues in 55 countries, including 136 cafes, 19 hotels and 7 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world's greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company's two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, Fl., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida., as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Biloxi, Chicago, Cancun, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, San Diego and Singapore. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include Chennai, Istanbul and Tenerife. New Hard Rock Hotel projects include Daytona Beach, Aruba, Abu Dhabi and Shenzhen and Haikou in China. New Hard Rock Casino projects in development include Hungary and Northfield, OH. For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.
About Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park
Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park is the premier entertainment and gaming destination in Northeast Ohio, located on the Northfield Park harness racing grounds, which offers more than 200 live harness races each year. True to Cleveland's musical history as a birthplace of rock 'n' roll, the Rocksino offers the legendary vibe of the Hard Rock brand, including more than 2,200 gaming devices offered both inside and outside, varied dining options and unparalleled live music events. The Hard Rock Live music venue, the fifth of its kind, hosts sell-out crowds of up to 2,600 guests for live entertainment by renowned musicians, in addition to hosting guests for a variety of functions and banquets. Hard Rock fans enjoy phenomenal dining at the world-famous Hard Rock Cafe; Kosar's Wood-Fired Grill, football legend Bernie Kosar's finest steakhouse; Fresh Harvest, an endless buffet with seven action stations; and Constant Grind, a bistro with sandwiches, sweets and more. In addition, the Rocksino offers a Rock Shop with famed Hard Rock merchandise to take home memories of the Rocksino experience, as well as a 300-seat live venue, The Club, featuring comedians and illusion acts that is also readily available for private parties and events. As a focal point for the Center Bar leading into Hard Rock Cafe, Van Halen's red hot motorcycle makes "everybody want some" as one of many "arena rock" pieces from Hard Rock's unmatched, priceless memorabilia collection at the Rocksino. For more information about Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park, please visit www.hrrocksinonorthfieldpark.com.
SOURCE Hard Rock International