Next year will see Hard Rock Casino temporarily closed for approximately eight months as renovations begin on the Las Vegas property. It is expected that the rebranding will have Hard Rock Hotel renamed Virgin Hotel Las Vegas.
Immediately after the Feb. 2 Super Bowl, the location will be closed completely, though temporarily, and the property is expected to close all through to October 2020. It is expected that the casino will be reopened in January 2021 or sooner and according to the Las Vegas Review Journal, the casino is expected to be relaunched sooner in November 2020.
The original renovations that were valued at $150 million were expected to be undertaken in four months where the hotel-casino would remain closed but the new budget sees $50 million pumped more and four more months added up.
Last year, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino was sold to Virgin Hotels hence the rebranding to Virgin Hotel Las Vegas once the renovations are completed.
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is now owned by J.C. Hospitality. Richard ‘Boz’ Bozworth, President and CEO of J.C. Hospitality explained in a statement that the original four months that had been estimated for closure of the hotel-casino ‘was not efficient from a construction process’ and he went further to state that they could not provide the deserved hospitality service to the guests given the timeline.
Explaining why they opted for an eight-month closure, the President said that it was efficient and it would ensure that there was a timely opening which would happen by January 2021. ‘We might be ready in October, but construction is an imperfect process. Until early February 2020, it is business as usual at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas.’ He said.
The 1,650 workers already on board are being encouraged by the management to remain put. They are poised to get a retention bonus and for those workers who would wish to work for the new hotel, they will not be subject to another interview to take over their prior positions.
Virgin Hotel partners who will provide food, beverages, nightlife, and gambling services will be known soon. However, The Joint, an entertainment location for music, will be operated by J.C. Hospitality in partnership with AEG Presents. The Joint is expected to also be renovated including the VIP Suites.
Grand opening party
After the US presidential election in November 2020, Virgin Hotel Las Vegas is expected to hold a grand opening party, Bozworth confirmed stating that Nevada and Las Vegas were to play a pivotal role in the election and that he did not want to compete with the campaign period.
The renovations being expected at the 1995 established Hard Rock will stem from the 1,500 hotel rooms, enlargement and upgrading of the casino floors, expansion of conference space, and opening of new restaurants. Virgin Group owned by Richard Branson completed the purchase of the hotel-casino last year at an undisclosed fee after partnering with property developers and a group of hedge funds. The Virgin Group had its online casino, Virgin Games, launched in 2003 and as it stands, the group controls over 400 companies.