Author: Joe Kizlauskas
Last Updated: 9th April 2022
For the Circa Resort Casino, the first all-new hotel-casino to open for 40 years in downtown Las Vegas, the Nevada Gaming Control Board has green-light a soft opening on October 28.
John Moran Jr., Chairman of the Gaming Commission, said he was pleased to endorse the opening of the casino, which would debut about two months before the rest of the hotel, as it will provide Las Vegas and Nevada with a boost.
The Commissioner for Gaming, Deborah J. Fuetsch, added: “In a crazy year like 2020, this is a positive. Something new and exciting is what we need down in Las Vegas.”
Circa CEO Derek Stevens said: “Circa is about moments and we’re going to create moments. Sometimes life throws you curveballs, and 2020 has been an unpredictable year for the entire world. However, thanks to the creativity and ingenuity from our partners at McCarthy Building Companies Inc. and Tré Builders, we can move forward on this accelerated path and have an opening unlike Las Vegas has experienced. We are excited to see what the future holds and to give visitors and locals something to celebrate.”
The 1.25 m sq ft integrated casino-resort will open in advance of schedule with its first five floors of amenities and state-of-the-art parking hub, Garage Mahal, previously scheduled for a December 2020 launch. The resort will have about 1,000 workers upon completion.
Located on Freemont Street, on the site of the old Las Vegas Club, Circa will have a lucky 777-room, a 35-story hotel tower, and a three-story sports book casino. The show stopping attraction is the largest sportsbook in the world with a three-story, stadium-style sportsbook, with a 78-m pixel high-definition screen that can be seen inside Circa’s two-story casino with a capacity for up to 1,000 guests. This fifth-floor pool deck, with six temperature-controlled pools and two spas, will run year round. 1,350 slot machines and 49 table games will be installed in Circa’s two-story casino, while the three-story, stadium-style sportsbook will have a 78-million-pixel high-definition screen, viewable in the casino, with the ability to accommodate up to 1,000 guests.
The sportsbook, owned by Circa Sports, Steven’s sports betting venture, will have a dedicated sports betting network broadcast studio, VSiN.
Josh Swissman, founding partner of the consultancy company The Strategy Organization, spoke to GamingToday, said: “a in every way redefines the downtown experience. This is an amazingly architecturally-forward, big amenity-rich new property. I think it will drive a bunch of incremental traffic to downtown. It certainly raises the bar for competition downtown, but it’s so spectacular that it will draw folks from the Strip back to downtown as well.”
Although Circa is preparing to open Downtown, on the north end of the Strip, Resorts World Las Vegas is currently under construction and should be open next summer. It expects 6,000 employees to be employed to go with the 1,000 jobs generated by Circa.
Virginia Valentine, the Nevada Resort Association’s President and CEO, said: “The large number of jobs both companies are providing will make a tremendous difference in Las Vegas’ economic recovery. The unveiling of these two world-class resorts, which are milestones in the evolution of downtown and the north end of the Strip, are certain to drive increased visitation to Las Vegas, which is good for everyone.”