Hard Rock Casino Ottawa
Hard Rock International expands its brand to the national capital region
Hard Rock Casino OttawaWith venues spanning 73 countries, Hard Rock International has been instrumental in accelerating its worldwide expansion efforts in recent years. Staying true to its musical roots and infusing music as the DNA of guest experiences, the brand has continued to stand as an international industry leader. In partnership with HR LP Investor Inc. and RCR Investor Inc., Hard Rock International is thrilled to enter the Canadian gaming scene with the development of Hard Rock Casino Ottawa.
Serving as majority owner – with 51 per cent equity – and operator of Hard Rock Casino Ottawa, while also holding the facility’s gaming license, the property is Hard Rock’s first foray into Canada from a casino ownership standpoint. HR Ottawa, LP, which will come to be known as Hard Rock Casino Ottawa, was selected as the first non-Canadian company to enter the gaming industry by Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation (OLG) and will be the service provider for the Ottawa Gaming Area Bundle.
Leads Expansion Efforts
According to the chairman of Hard Rock International, Jim Allen, “winning the bundle was a crucial first step towards a larger strategic vision of our world-class brand’s expansion efforts in Ontario and throughout Canada.”
In collaboration with its partners, Hard Rock Casino Ottawa will entirely transform Rideau Carlton Raceway into a state-of-the-art Hard Rock facility throughout three separate phases, investing more than $320 million and ultimately creating an unparalleled entertainment and gaming destination. Rideau Carlton Raceway has shown immense support towards the transition and development, offering continued assistance and encouragement.
“Rideau Carlton Raceway has partnered with Hard Rock to build a major tourist destination that will offer multi-level entertainment, energized horse racing, a broader market and substantial economic benefits for all our employees, patrons, and the Ottawa Community,” says Andrew Wright, director of Rideau Carlton Raceway. “We are delighted to bring the iconic Hard Rock International casino operator to Ottawa.”