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Atlantic City's Hard Rock Hotel & Casino set to open June 28

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Atlantic City's new Hard Rock casino resort will open on June 28.

Hard Rock’s new location is the former Trump Taj Mahal casino, which closed several years ago.

Hard Rock's CEO made the announcement Wednesday at a news conference. Hard Rock officials say that they hope to help revitalize Atlantic City, which has been struggling for years.

“Hard Rock is an entertainment company first so I think we also have the ability to bring some different people to Atlantic City that may not have visited,” says Hard Rock Atlantic City vice president Paul Juliano.

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The new resort is expected to bring back many much-needed union jobs to the city.

“They’re going to hire 3,000 people, which we need. We lost about 11,000 in 2014, so this means more jobs for Atlantic City,” says New Jersey Assemblyman Vince Mazzeo.

Hard Rock, which is owned by the Seminole Indian tribe of Florida, is pumping $500 million into the boardwalk resort.

It has promised to offer over 200 nights of live music in its first year, and will display part of the world's largest collection of music memorabilia.

“You’re talking about over 5,000 full-time jobs. These are union jobs with pension, health insurance for pay,” says Matt Doherty with the Casino Reinvestment Authority. “Then there's probably another 2,000 seasonal jobs for the summer as well."

The new resort is one of two shuttered casinos due to reopen this summer, along with the former Revel casino, renamed the Ocean Resort Casino.

Ocean Resort Casino has partnered with Hyatt Hotels. An opening date for Ocean Resort has not been announced.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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