Hard Rock Thanks Supporters of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino New England

Sep 10, 2013, 23:20 ET from Hard Rock International

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Sept. 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Hard Rock Hotel & Casino New England thanks all of the people who have lent support to the proposed development plan in West Springfield, Massachusetts over the past eight months. The citywide vote, held today, allowed residents to vote "yes" or "no" to a casino in West Springfield.

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"The people of West Springfield, a great family community with rich values and strong traditions, have made a decision at the polls, " said Tim Maland, president of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino New England. "While their decision means the Hard Rock New England project will not go forward in West Springfield, we respect their decision and thank them for welcoming us into their community for the past eight months."

Announced in January, Hard Rock International unveiled an $800 million dollar entertainment destination, to be located at the campus of the Eastern States Exposition. The proposed casino promised to bring 3,500 full-time jobs and $35 million in road improvement.

Although the project will not take place in West Springfield, Hard Rock recognizes the significant offerings Massachusetts has for the brand and will continue to evaluate opportunities in the region.

Hard Rock is disappointed for the volunteers, but is beyond thankful for all of the West Side YES! members, elected officials, unions and citizens of West Springfield who have spent unlimited hours learning about this project, and then pouring their hearts and time into this campaign.

Internationally recognized as a world-class entertainment and lifestyle brand, Hard Rock properties 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 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 54 countries, including 138 cafes, 17 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, San Diego and Singapore. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include Johannesburg, San Jose, Chennai, Istanbul and Tenerife. New Hard Rock Hotel projects include Ibiza, Daytona Beach, Palm Springs, Aruba, Riviera Maya, 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.

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