MGM will take over operation of Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park

MGM Resorts International announced this week that early next year it would assume operating control of the Hard Rock Rocksino Northfield Park, Ohio's top revenue generating casino or racino.

A related company, MGM Properties, in July paid $1 billion to buy the racino, but had kept the Rocksino team on as operator of the facility, which is located between Cleveland and Akron.

The change announced in a news release Wednesday states that MGM will operate the facility and employ the workers. But the release was silent on whether there would be a name change.

A spokesman declined to answer that or other questions on Thursday.

"We don't have anything to add beyond the news release at this time. Additional operational announcements will be made in the future," Brian Ahern, director of corporate media relations for MGM Resorts International, said in an email response to cleveland.com.

A statement in the news release attributed to MGM Resorts Chairman Jim Murren said: "We are pleased to welcome the Hard Rock Rocksino and more than 700 employees to the MGM Resorts family and look forward to working with them during this transition."

The switchover is expected to occur during the first half of 2019, the news release said.

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