There was a full house at City Hall on Wednesday afternoon, as P-J Mercanti officially presented the Rockhammer downtown casino proposal to Hamilton politicians.
Plans for Rockhammer's 200 million dollar entertainment complex, including a Hard Rock Casino, were first unveiled on Monday during an invitation-only media event in Hess Village.
Mercanti, and others behind the vision, have said that it would employ 12 hundred people and return 10 million dollars to the city in gaming revenues and taxes.
Under questioning for a couple of hours, Mercanti stressed that the "maximum investment opportunity is achieved" when locating a casino downtown, but under questioning from Councillor Sam Merulla said his consortium would consider being part of a Flamborough bid if that location was directed by the O-L-G and the City of Hamilton.
The standing room only audience was made up almost exclusively of residents opposed to a downtown casino.