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“Las Vegas Gateway Arches Lit Up to Lure Visitors to Downtown Casino District - Casino.Org News” plus 2 more


Las Vegas Gateway Arches Lit Up to Lure Visitors to Downtown Casino District - Casino.Org News

Posted: 18 Nov 2020 03:12 PM PST

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New Circa casino called a 'game changer' for downtown Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun

Posted: 25 Oct 2020 12:00 AM PDT

Circa Resort Media Preview

Christopher DeVargas

The Stadium Swim rooftop pool complex, seen during a media preview of Circa on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, is one of the resort's main attractions.

The last time a casino in downtown Las Vegas was built from the ground up, Muhammad Ali was stepping into the boxing ring with Larry Holmes at Caesars Palace.

When the Sundance — later Fitzgerald's and now The D Las Vegas — opened, a T-bone steak dinner in the coffee shop was $3.95 and cars were still cruising what is now the Fremont Street Experience.

That was circa 1980.

Forty years later, the next downtown casino to rise from an empty desert lot is set to open Wednesday. Fittingly, it is called Circa, a $1 billion tribute to bygone eras in the evolution of Sin City.

The grand opening of Circa is not only a triumph for owners Greg Stevens and his flamboyant brother and frontman Derek Stevens, who also own The D and Golden Gate.

It is a "game changer" for downtown Las Vegas, said Andrew Simon, CEO of the Fremont Street Experience, the pedestrian entertainment pavilion that fronts the casinos.

"For 40 years, there has not been a new property built from scratch down here. That's most of my life," Simon said. "It's a huge deal for Fremont Street Experience."

Even rival casino operators are welcoming the competition.

"It's going to add a new dimension downtown," said Jonathan Jossel, CEO of the Plaza, which sits just across the street. "It's true that we're in the casino and hotel business, but people don't always realize that we're also in the redevelopment of downtown Las Vegas business. As downtown gets better, we all get better."

Kevin Glass, general manager of the Downtown Grand, echoed those sentiments.

"What's good for downtown is good for all of us," Glass said. "We can't wait to see what Derek and his team have in store."

Robert Lang, executive director of the Brookings Mountain West think tank at UNLV, noted that downtown Las Vegas is "the original large-scale area for casinos," while the Strip later grew with big resorts, live entertainment and conventions.

Downtown "was surpassed by the Strip in the '50s and '60s and has re-emerged in recent years as a niche market for younger tourists who seek a traditional city and vibrant street life," he said.

The new kid on the block, Circa is also a beacon on the horizon of a gloomy economy decimated by the coronavirus pandemic. When fully staffed, the resort will employ about 1,500 people.

Gov. Steve Sisolak ordered casinos shuttered in mid-March to help slow the spread of the virus, and they were not allowed to start reopening until June 4.

Since then, casinos have struggled to bounce back and a handful have not yet reopened. Downtown's Main Street Station remained closed as of last week.

Gaming revenue and hotel occupancy have tanked, air travel is a fraction of pre-pandemic levels and thousands of casino and hotel workers have been laid off.

In August, about 1.7 million people passed through McCarran International Airport, down 61% from the same month in 2019.

Downtown hotel occupancy in August was about 40%, half of what is was a year ago, and gaming revenue was off nearly 22%.

For Allen Meredith, an airbrush artist who works at a stand on Fremont Street, any bump in foot traffic Circa can bring would be welcome.

Meredith said he made just $60 Monday at his airbrush stand. Before the pandemic, a "medium" day in sales would be about $550, he said.

"I hope Circa helps," Meredith said as he painted a T-shirt Tuesday night. "It's better down here than it was two months ago, but it's still horrible during the daytime hours on weekdays."

Despite the pandemic, Derek Stevens said he never wavered on moving ahead with Circa, even though the 777-room, 35-story hotel tower will not open until later.

The idea for Circa came together when the Stevens group purchased the old Las Vegas Club in 2015. It was knocked down to make room for the new resort, which includes a three-level sportsbook and a 7,000-square-foot casino with over 1,300 slots and nearly 50 table games.

It will be the only casino-hotel in town only serving people 21 and older, and identification will be checked at the door.

Circa also touts a massive Stadium Swim rooftop pool complex.

"This is different. This is an attraction," Derek Stevens said of the poolside sights and sounds in a reception area about 100 feet above street level. He compared the concept to Top Golf venues mixing sports, drinks and entertainment.

He pointed to swim-up bars, cabanas, lounges, day beds, air-conditioned luxury boxes and eateries below an immense outdoor video screen able to show concerts or multiple sports games at the same time.

"A lot of pools in the history of Las Vegas were really designed as an amenity to the hotel," he said. "This hotel is almost an amenity to Stadium Swim."

Derek Stevens said Circa, like his other downtown casinos, will focus on the "independent traveler," instead of people attending conventions or other groups.

"Those are our core customers," he said.

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman said she can't wait for Circa to open.

"I am so excited to see Derek Stevens realize his latest dream in downtown Las Vegas," Goodman said.

Derek Stevens can't wait, either.

"The fact that we can bring some excitement to Las Vegas during a year that nobody will ever forget, that's what has me the most excited," he said.

Associated Press writer Ken Ritter contributed to this report.

New Circa Resort & Casino Set for Las Vegas Grand Opening - TopUsCasinos.com

Posted: 27 Oct 2020 12:00 AM PDT

Downtown Las Vegas is set to see a new property debut for the first time in decades.

On Wednesday, Circa Resort and Casino will open its doors at the corner of Main Street and the Fremont Street Experience, making it the first all-new, built-from-the-ground-up hotel-casino in downtown Las Vegas since 1980. Despite the ongoing pandemic, Circa is opening two months ahead of schedule.

"Sometimes life throws you curveballs, and 2020 has been an unpredictable year for the entire world," Derek Stevens, CEO and owner of Circa said in a news release. "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."

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Circa encompasses 1.25 million square feet and features a 35-story hotel with 777 rooms and has a two-story casino that will feature 1,350 slot machines and 49 table games. It is open to those 21 and over and includes a number of new amenities such as a three-story sportsbook and a swimming area with six pools.

Here are some of the top amenities at the resort:

Sportsbook

The Circa's stadium-style sportsbook includes a 78-million-pixel screen that requires 10 operators and can fit up to 1,000 people. According to Stevens, it's the largest in the world by cubic feet. The book will be operated by Stevens' sports betting venture, Circa Sports.

Reservation options for the sportsbook include VIP single-seat cushioned chairs, plush recliners, booth-style seating and tiered stadium-style seating. The Overhang Bar on the second floor offers visitors another vantage point of the large screen. There is also a seating area available for podcasters who wish to record near the sportsbook. The third floor includes a dedicated broadcast studio.

Pool Amphitheater

Circa's Stadium Swim has the amenities to make it one of the city's signature pools. Operating 365 days a year, the pool includes a 40-foot tall, 14 million pixel screen designed to show multiple games at once, similar to a sportsbook. The entire pool area makes up 15,000 square feet and includes 337 chaise lounges, 38 daybeds, 30 cabanas and super cabanas, eight poolside boxes and two swim-up bars to give the pool a capacity of 4,000.

The pool can be a year-round option because the water temperature can range from 74 to 94 degrees. Some pools could reach 104 degrees for the coldest days in the winter.

Original Restaurants and the Longest Bar

Circa will feature a wide range of restaurant concepts, including delicatessen fare at Saginaw's Delicatessen from renowned restaurateur Paul Saginaw; premium steaks and seafood at Barry's Downtown Prime from Chef Barry S. Dakake; Carolina barbecue Project BBQ; and various menus at Victory Burger & Wings Co. from the founding family of American Coney Island.

Circa also includes the longest indoor bar in Nevada, with the Mega Bar spanning 165 feet. It will operate as a sister concept to Stevens' record-breaking 100-foot LONGBAR at the D Casino and Hotel. The Mega Bar has 53 spots for seated, bar-top gaming and features 40 double-stacked TVs for sports viewing and 120 beer taps with a rotating selection.

Garage Mahal

Circa's nine-story garage includes 982 parking spots inside a structure that is well-lit to ensure safety and make guests feel secure. The garage features murals and other pieces of art on every floor, including a 22-foot color-changing chandelier called "Time of Your Life."

The garage was built with ride-sharing services in mind, and visitors can expect a seamless Uber and Lyft experience, according to Circa.

Users will be required to pay for parking, but rates have not been disclosed.

Circa a Bright Spot During Pandemic

Circa's opening is a positive for the Las Vegas community since the coronavirus pandemic hit and closed casinos across the U.S..

In Nevada, Gov. Steve Sisolak ordered casinos to be shut down in mid-March in an attempt to slow the spread of the virus. Casinos were not permitted to reopen until June 4, under strict social distancing guidelines. Some have struggled in their return, while others have yet to reopen, including downtown's Main Street Station Casino.

As a result of the pandemic, tourism and gaming revenue have taken hits. According to the Las Vegas Sun, about 1.7 million people went through McCarran International Airport in August, a decrease of 61% from the same month in 2019.

In the same month downtown hotel occupancy was nearly 40%, down half of what it was at the same time last year. Meanwhile, gaming revenue was down 22% compared to August 2019.

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