Judge Lifts Stay On License For Hard Rock Casino In Sioux City

Des Moines, Iowa — A Polk County District Court judge has reversed an earlier ruling involving the new land-based casino in Sioux City.

Proposed Hard Rock Casino in Sioux City

The ruling lifts a stay on the license awarded to Sioux City Entertainment for the new Hard Rock Casino under construction in the downtown area.

Penn National Gaming, the operators of the riverboat casino in Sioux City, asked the judge Robert Hanson to block the license while other legal action continues. Judge Hanson agreed to the request in December, but the Iowa Supreme Court reviewed the issue and gave Judge Eliza Ovrom until February 15th to rule on whether it could go forward.

Sioux City Entertainment argued a stay would kill the project they’ve already spent millions of dollars on. Penn countered S-C-E has continued construction to make the project too big for the judge to stop.

The ruling means the construction on the Hard Rock Casino can continue.

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