COUNCIL BLUFFS (AP) - Sioux City Entertainment will build a Hard Rock Casino in Sioux City. The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission awarded the license yesterday at the end of a meeting in Council Bluffs.
It chose from four casino proposals. The $118.5 million project is planned on 16 acres at Fourth and Water streets in downtown Sioux City, incorporating the historic Battery Building. Developer Sioux City Entertainment, a subsidiary of Las Vegas-based Warner Gaming Co., beat out two other companies bidding for the state license. Plans for the Hard Rock include: A 32,000-square-foot casino floor, 800 slots, 32 table games, a 60-room hotel, an 800-seat theater and 1,000 parking spaces. The project is expected to create 500 casino and hotel jobs. The casino will replace the Argosy Sioux City riverboat, operated by Penn National Gaming Co., whose bid to replace the Argosy failed.