The relationship between Hard Rock and West Springfield is officially over; however, Hard Rock isn't packing up just yet.
The message Tuesday was clear. "I'm happy, as long as its far away from here," said West Springfield's Thomas Abrahamson.
In a 55%-45% vote, voters rejected Hard Rock International's proposed casino at the Big E fairgrounds.
The results came as a surprise to Hard Rock leaders who were planning to celebrate a win when the Big E kicks off Friday.
"I thought we were going to win here, we obviously didn't," said Hard Rock New England President Tim Maland.
However, Hard Rock's not packing their bags just yet, instead they're unpacking, memorabilia that is. They're still planning to fill this space at the Big E with live entertainment and one of a kind artifacts.
"Any chance we get to share it with folks, in any context like the Big E fair, we just love to do it so we've brought insanely iconic stuff things from Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon," said Jeff Nolan, a Hard Rock historian. "Whether or not a vote goes one way or another doesn't change the fact that 10's of thousands of people are coming here and we get to share the stuff with them."
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"It's all a guessing game now," said Tracy Maki, Springfield.
Now that its over for them, West Springfield Mayor Greg Neffinger says he's looking for ways to protect the town from a casino in surrounding communities and looking for ways to bring in new business.
"Anticipating that the casino might fail, we hired a company with the money from Hard Rock and we've been laying out plans for that area of West Springfield, that old industrial land to see if we might increase the tax base, how we could attract new businesses to the area," Neffinger said.
If you are interested in checking out Hard Rock's display, it's in the Young building at the Big E.