Newest downtown casino set to open, pandemic or not

Circa opening sports book, restaurants at midnight Wednesday

Associated Press
October 23, 2020 - 6:04 am
Animation of the new Circa resort downtown

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — If the 1,000-seat sports betting auditorium at the Circa Resort & Casino doesn’t get you, maybe the six rooftop swimming pools will.

“We expect more than 4,000 people a day at Stadium Swim,” hotel co-owner Derek Stevens said during a recent preview of his sun-and-sports property set to open early next Wednesday in downtown Las Vegas. 

It will be the only casino-hotel in town only serving people 21 and older. Identification will be checked at the door. Facial coverings and temperature scans also will be required.

Even during the coronavirus pandemic, Stevens predicted eye-popping sights for ticket-buyers making the trip downtown and the minute-plus ride up an escalator he calls the longest in Las Vegas.

“This is different. This is an attraction,” 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.

“This is the big reveal: The screen with all the games on, the six levels of the pool,” he said. “You come off the escalator and, Boom! You see everything.”

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

The southward view promises endless sky and poolside sun above the canopy of the Fremont Street Experience casino mall. It’s framed by the upper stories of the Plaza, Four Queens and Golden Nugget hotels. Stevens touted an advanced pool filtration system and heaters capable of more than 100-degree (38 Celsius) water temperatures even in winter months. 

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

Stevens won’t say how much it all cost to build, calling it privately financed. He said he expects to employ about 1,500 people, including union workers.

For patrons, there is an eight-story structure across Main Street with almost 1,000 parking spaces, dubbed Garage Mahal.

Circa plans to open some hotel rooms and suites Dec. 28th.