Circa Resort and Casino has grand opening

First completely new downtown property since 1980

Associated Press
October 28, 2020 - 5:11 am
Guests stand in line at the Fremont Street Experience as they wait to enter Circa Resort & Casino during the property's grand opening on October 27, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Glitter Gulch gave way to the newest and tallest building in downtown Las Vegas when Circa Resort & Casino opened Wednesday, offering what owner Derek Stevens calls the world’s largest sports betting center and a six-pool rooftop swimming stadium he expects will attract thousands of people a day.

Doors opened at 12:01 a.m. to adults 21 and older, with facial coverings and temperature scans required due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Circa is the first new property to open downtown since the Sundance in 1980. That became Fitzgeralds, which Stevens and Circa co-owner, brother Greg Stevens, bought in 2011 and renamed D Las Vegas. The brothers also own the Golden Gate, which opened in 1906.

Circa construction took 20 months. Stevens declines to say what it cost because it’s privately owned. He said it’ll employ about 1,500 people.

The casino is geared for sports fans, while Stadium Swim aims to attract ticket-buying sun-seekers.

The registration area for the 777-room hotel features the restored original neon “Vegas Vickie” sign the Stevens brothers acquired along with the old “Topless Girls of Glitter Gulch” property on Fremont Street.

A pedestrian walkway crosses Main Street to an eight-story parking structure with almost 1,000 vehicle spaces that Stevens dubbed Garage Mahal.