BRISTOL — Driving to the center of the Bristol Motor Speedway track looked more like a party than a work event. But for the hundreds of future Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Bristol employees at the track on Wednesday, it was exactly both.

The Bristol Casino — Future Home of Hard Rock hosted a team rally event for its employees on Wednesday at BMS, with a live DJ, a photo booth, cornhole, airbrush T-shirts and more to celebrate the temporary casino’s grand opening celebration set for Friday.

Allie Evangelista Hard Rock Bristol president

Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Bristol President Allie Evangelista

Hard Rock team rally employee event I'm with the band shirts

Employees donned their black “I’m with the band” t-shirts at the team rally employee event on Wednesday at BMS.

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Nathan Vaughn sportsbook Hard Rock employee

Nathan Vaughn, 23, is one of the casino’s newest ticket writers and sportsbook agents. A native of Bristol, Tennessee, he has fond memories of the Bristol Mall and has high hopes for its newest transformation.

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