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Hard Rock reportedly in deal on Western Mass. casino

The field of competitors for the sole Western Massachusetts casino license will soon expand with the addition of Hard Rock International, which is expected to announce a deal Friday to pursue development rights at the Eastern States Exposition fairgrounds in West Springfield, home of The Big E agricultural fair.

Eastern States Exposition, a nonprofit institution, has scheduled a “red carpet” luncheon Friday for a casino-related announcement. It did not release any details, though several sources said the organization has reached a deal to move forward with Hard Rock on a ­casino resort. Hard Rock representatives have visited the site many times, after exploring bids in Holyoke and Springfield in 2012.

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