What has been referred to as the 18 Fremont Street casino resort project for a while now has a name, and it is one that looks to strike memory of Las Vegas’ golden era
Businessmen Derek and Greg Stevens revealed on Thursday the name and other important details about their latest casino resort project. The property will occupy the site of the former Las Vegas Club, Mermaids casino, and Girls of Glitter Gulch strip club and will be called Circa Resort & Casino when it open doors in December 2020.
The property will be the first one of its kind to be built from the ground up in downtown Las Vegas since the mid-1970s and aims to capture a big share of the growing foot traffic in the area. Circa will be easily accessible to the Fremont Street Experience, which annually attracts 24 million visitors. Owners of the future property believe that it will be able to draw quite some of that traffic.
The new casino resort will spread across 1.25 million square feet. Soaring 140 meters into the Las Vegas sky, Circa’s 44-story hotel tower will be the tallest such building north of the Strip.
The resort will feature 777 hotel rooms and suites. The Stevens said yesterday that focus will be on suites as most of the existing downtown hotels do not offer enough suites to meet the growing demand for that type of accommodation.
Largest Sportsbook in Vegas and Pool Amphitheater
Sports betting will take center stage on Circa’s gaming floor. The Stevens brothers revealed yesterday that the resort will feature the largest sportsbook in the city with “the biggest screen” in the history of sportsbooks. In addition, the betting facility will sport a multi-level, stadium-like design.
Aside from a spectacular sportsbook, the property will feature a two-level casino that will have street-level entries and ones through a bridge that will connect Circa to a nine-level parking garage. While the split-level casino concept has been avoided by most designers and casino owners, Derek Stevens, the mastermind behind the new downtown resort, has implemented that concept at his D Las Vegas property.
The nine-level parking garage will be another important feature of the new Stevens-owned resort. It will have 1,201 parking spaces. Circa will also offer a number of “eclectic” restaurants, the names of which are to be announced at a later stage, and the longest outdoor bar on Fremont.
Future Circa guests and visitors will also be treated to a multi-tiered pool amphitheater. The complex will feature six tiered pools that will all offer a view of a huge high-resolution screen for pool events and sports watching parties.
Steelman Partners has been tasked with the property’s design, while Tré Builders has been picked as the preferred construction manager and McCarthy Building Companies will has been selected as general contractor. The latter two are working together on the 65,000-seat Las Vegas Stadium that will be home to the Raiders from the 2020 NFL season.
Construction on Circa is expected to begin next month. Developers target a December 2020 launch of the casino resort. The project’s cost was not disclosed yesterday, but according to an article on popular blog Vital Vegas, the total investment into the downtown Vegas property is expected to be “in the neighborhood of $1 billion.”
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