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Plans to make Northfield Village an entertainment destination in less than a year are coming to a close as the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park prepares for its Wednesday opening.
More than 2,200 glowing video lottery terminals fill the 200,000-square-foot gaming venue highlighted with about $1 million of rock star memorabilia including Eddie Van Halen's Harley Davidson and stage costumes from the Jackson Five, the Osmonds, Bette Midler and Lady Gaga.
"It's not just about the VLTs, it's about entertainment," Rocksino President Jon Lucas said during a Wednesday media preview of the facility. "It's something different than what's been offered in the area."
The Hard Rock Live, a 1,800-seat music venue with a maximum standing capacity of 2,600, will feature Joan Jett and the Blackhearts on opening night, followed by Night Rider on Dec. 27 and Huey Lewis and the News on Jan. 24.
Lucas said plans are to host about one live act per week.
The Racino is next to Northfield Park at the northern border of Summit County, about 25 miles northwest of Ravenna. It has 3,000 parking spaces and three outdoor game patios with smoking areas and their own VLTs.
Seven color-changing chandeliers guide patrons to the center bar, a signature attraction at Hard Rock casinos, Lucas said.
Lucas said plans are in the works for a parking garage and Hard Rock Hotel but nothing has been finalized yet.
"The goal is to get the casino up and running and make sure it's as successful as we think it's going to be," he said.
The Rocksino is the first establishment owned and operated by Hard Rock International.
"The other locations are either licensed or franchised," Lucas said. "Hopefully, this will blaze the pathway to create a template for future projects."