ATLANTIC CITY — The day after Hard Rock International unveiled its plans to transform the Trump Taj Mahal into the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Atlantic City, visitors on the Boardwalk were already excited for what it will bring.

“It will probably improve the economy, help improve Atlantic City and get more jobs down here,” said Jenny Rogers, 56, who lives in Mays Landing.

The property that’s slated to open in summer 2018 will feature two arenas with seating available to 7,000. The company plans to spend nearly $400 million rebranding it.

Rogers said having two concert venues will bring a large variety of entertainment to the Boardwalk.

“It’s good it’s opening down here,” said John Flynn, 65, of Atlantic City. “Let’s get the people down here. If we have enough people and the economy gets better, maybe this could do something.”

Flynn said the fact that the developers bought the property is a good sign — and he’s even disappointed it’s not expected to open sooner.

John Easterday, of Harrison, in Hudson County, said he’s been to a few other Hard Rock locations and comes to Atlantic City every few months to visit, but it’s been changing a lot over the years.

“There have been a lot of closings, so options have been limited,” he said. “I really like the idea of a Hard Rock casino.”


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