ATLANTIC CITY — Ocean Resort Casino is aiming for a June 28 grand opening, the same date as Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, according to several new hires and signed employment agreements.

Officials with the resort would neither confirm nor deny the report Wednesday.

“The Ocean Resort Casino Team is committed to opening this summer and looks forward to announcing its highly anticipated opening date soon,” CEO Frank Leone said in an email to The Press of Atlantic City.

Colorado-based developer Bruce Deifek purchased the former Revel Casino-Hotel for $200 million in January. Deifek could not be reached for comment Wednesday.

Signed employment agreements for incoming Ocean Resort employees indicate a work start date of June 11 and an anticipated opening date of June 28. Multiple new hires have contacted The Press with the same two dates.

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City announced last week that June 28 was a date set “100 percent in stone” to open at the site of the former Trump Taj Mahal Resort Casino. Hard Rock did not respond to a request for comment Wednesday.

Mayor Frank Gilliam and City Council President Marty Small both said they had not been made aware of an opening date for Ocean Resort when contacted Wednesday.

Dale Finch, director of the city Department of Licensing and Inspections, said officials have been on both casino-hotel properties recently and there is “a lot of activity,” but he had not been told about an opening date for Ocean Resort.

Ocean Resort still needs to obtain a license from the state Casino Control Commission before opening. To date, no license hearings have been scheduled, and a report from the state Division of Gaming Enforcement has not been completed.

Once opened, the 6.4 million-square-foot luxury casino hotel will feature a 138,000-square-foot casino floor, 160,000 square feet of convention and meeting space, 90,000 square feet of outdoor special event space, 1,399 hotel rooms, five swimming pools, a sun deck and a fitness center operated by Hyatt’s Exhale Spa brand.

Earlier this week, the casino-hotel struck a deal with Topgolf Swing Suite to house the world’s largest virtual golf experience, with 11 simulation bays, a lounge and ocean views.

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I cover Atlantic City government and the casino industry since joining The Press in early 2018. I formerly worked as a politics & government reporter for NJ Herald and received the First Amendment: Art Weissman Memorial NJPA Award two years in a row.

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