NORTHFIELD — Starting next year, the gaming facility at Northfield Park will no longer be known the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park, but its new name remains pending.
Brian Ahern, director of corporate media relations for MGM Resorts International, confirmed the upcoming change Tuesday.
“When MGM Resorts transitions to its role as operator, the name of the property will change,” Ahern said in an emailed statement. “We will share more information about the brand as the transition approaches.”
Last July, Las Vegas-based MGM Growth Properties said it had completed a previously announced deal to buy the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park in Northfield for $1.06 billion from Milstein Entertainment LLC. At that time, the Rocksino joined other gaming properties owned by MGM Growth Properties, including the Borgata, Mandalay Bay, the Mirage and MGM Grand Detroit.
The Ohio Lottery Commission, which oversees the racinos in the state, has yet to approve the ownership change. Lottery spokeswoman Danielle Frizzi-Babb said that is expected to happen before the end of the year.
Located at 10777 Northfield Road, Hard Rock Rocksino opened in 2013. It was the second of what would be seven racinos in the state after Gov. John Kasich signed an executive order allowing Ohio racetracks to expand video gaming.
Unlike the state’s four casinos, racinos offer no table games such as blackjack and roulette. What look like slot machines are video lottery terminals (or VLTs).
The 200,000-square-foot Rocksino has more than 2,300 video lottery terminals.