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Hard Rock and Tejon Tribe Break Ground on California Casino

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The Hard Rock International, the global gaming and entertainment operator, and the Tejon Indian Tribe, based in California, have announced the recent groundbreaking celebration to mark the start of the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tejon.

The ceremony was held west of Mettler on tribal land and was attended by Hard Rock representatives, Tejon Indian Tribe leadership and included many local dignitaries from the community.

The project has been split into two phases and once completed it is expected to generate around 5,000 new jobs with a mixture of casino employees and other non-casino related employees. The Penta Building Group, located in California, is responsible for managing the building of the casino and this will create a further 2,000 jobs.

Hard Rock is proud to partner with the Tejon Indian Tribe to create a world-class entertainment destination. The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tejon property will be another incredible offering in our West Coast portfolio and we are committed to supporting the local community and creating a lasting positive economic impact for the State of California.

Jim AllenChairman of Hard Rock International

Phase One of the Project

The initial phase of the casino project will see the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tejon comprise 700,000 square feet, with gaming space of 150,000 square feet. There will be more than 2,500 slot machines, with 48 table games and video poker, and the length of phase one of the project is expected to be 22 months.

The facilities at the casino will feature a Hard Rock Café and two restaurants, Council Oak Steaks and Seafood and a Rock Shop, that cater to a range of dining options.

The second phase of the casino project will include more facilities at the entertainment resort and features a 400-room hotel, more fine dining, a pool, spa, and 2,800 seat Hard Rock Live event venue

It is estimated that phase two of the casino and resort will take a further 20 months to be completed.

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Collaboration Signifies a Milestone for the Tejon Indian Tribe

The start of the casino on tribal land is a significant date for the Tejon Indian Tribe, which is a community of around 1,300 and who are located in Bakersfield in the state. The tribe was federally recognized by the government in 2012, which the Tejon people had been fighting for since 1851.

Leaders of the tribe say this ceremony is a major step in the process of self-determination of the Tejon Indian community and hope the revenues generated by the casino and entertainment facilities will lead to improved economic fortunes, education, healthcare, and housing development.

This is an exciting day for the state of California, Kern County and the Tejon Indian Tribe, This groundbreaking is a symbolic ceremony for the Tribe, which was landless for more than 150 years and has been a priority for us since we were reaffirmed as a federally recognized Indian tribe. From the start of our relationship with the United States government in 1851, our Tribe has fought for a homeland for our people. Today, we are one major step closer to the dream of self-determination through economic development.

Octavio EscobedoChair of the Tejon Indian Tribe

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