Hard Rock, Tejon Indian Tribe, are jointly building a $ 600 million hotel and casino near Bakersfield, California

Diving letter:

  • Hard Rock International and the Tejon Indian Tribe are jointly building a new $ 600 million hotel and casino south of Bakersfield, California, according to a joint press release between the two companies.
  • The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tejon, located on 306 acres of federal land, will include 13 restaurants and bars, a spa and fitness center, the county’s largest conference center, and a concert venue in addition to the hotel and casino. The new complex will take up 52 hectares of the site and 22 hectares will be converted into a mobile home park. Tribal administration offices, service facilities and apartments will be built on the remainder of the property.

  • The project is expected to create 1,000 construction jobs and the Tejon property developers will provide Kern County’s local law enforcement and fire departments with improvements to public safety facilities and equipment. .

Dive Insight:

Casinos that operate on reservations or other tribal lands operate under tribal sovereignty, which means they can conduct gambling operations in states where it would otherwise not be legally permitted. In Florida, for example, two of the most successful hard rock venues are on Seminole Tribe reservations in Tampa and Hollywood. In fact, the Seminole tribe owns Hard Rock International.

And Native American gambling is big business. The latest available data from the National Indian Gaming Commission showed that Native American gambling activities generated gross revenues of $ 32.4 billion per year for the seventh consecutive year in 2017.

Another Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is slated to open 35 miles north of Sacramento in California by the end of this year. The $ 440 million venue was completed in February and crews have started work on the interior, according to 500 Nations.

But not all communities welcome these tribal-run casinos, despite the fact that they create both construction and permanent jobs.

On Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, some are trying to prevent the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe from building a casino on the island south of Cape Cod. Officials in the city of Aquinnah have asked a federal judge to request that the tribe apply for a building permit for the city, but the tribe claims they don’t need a permit because a federal court has already given them permission to build a casino on tribal land . Construction on the project had already started when legal action forced the work to stop. .

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