Tampa Hard Rock Plans Major Expansion

In this tough economy, gambling seems to be doing well. The Seminole Tribe of Florida, owner of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa, plans to spend $600- to $800-million on the expansion. Plans include a new 22 story hotel tower with up to 1,000 rooms, 3 times the current capacity. Plans also call for 50,000 square feet of meeting and convention space, 6 restaurants, new parking garage, more gambling space, 3 new pools and a 1,500 to 2,000 seat music venue. Work is scheduled to begin at the end of the year.