Hard Rock International has applied for the single gaming license Massachusetts plans to grant for the western part of the state.
The company is pitching a hotel-casino project that will have as many as 500 rooms, a 200,000-square-foot casino and as many as 3,000 slot machines.
The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino New England would be built in West Springfield, Mass., on a 38-acre parcel owned by Eastern States Exposition, which puts on the 17-day Big E festival each September.
Hard Rock, with its rock 'n' roll theme, joins MGM Resorts International and Penn National Gaming among companies that are pitching hotel-casino projects for western Massachusetts. Ameristar in October had pitched a $910 million hotel-casino near Springfield, but has since walked away from that effort.
The state’s application deadline for developers to propose projects is Jan. 15.
Massachusetts in late 2011 signed a bill allowing for three gaming licenses for casino resorts: one each in western Massachusetts, southeastern Massachusetts and the Boston area.
Wynn Resorts was reported to be pitching a project for the Boston area.
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