Downtown’s hottest new casino, the Circa Resort & Casino, will be an adult-only property when it opens this October.
The casino, which bumped up its opening date from December to Oct. 28, is making is creating a whole new “mystique” where grown-ups could come and play. It will be an entertainment and hospitality hub downtown, seeking to provide over-the-top experiences that you won’t be able to get anywhere else.
Circa’s name itself reflects its goal of marrying vintage Vegas hospitality with modern splendor by honoring the golden ages of Sin City, circa 1940, 1980, and 2020. The beautiful new project is a joint effort by the Stevens brothers, Derek and Greg.
While Las Vegas was originally marketed to bring in an adult crowd, throughout the 1990s, the city worked hard to attract families. This was evident in the amount of entertainment geared toward kids, think MGM’s former amusement park, the old Wet n’ Wild water park that was once located adjacent to the Sahara Las Vegas, and Circus Circus’ popular Adventure Dome among other themed attractions.
The exciting new property will add to owner Derek Steven’s downtown empire, which includes the popular Golden Gate Hotel & Casino and the D Las Vegas. He’s being intentional with the new Circa, with an emphasis on Vegas’ lucky number 7. Circa will have 777 total rooms and suites that will fill up the mega 25 million-square-foot property.
While it stands at 44 stories tall, the floor numbers will actually go 60 levels up, but Stevens explained that some floor numbers will be purposely left out.
But, the newest player in downtown Las Vegas will have a lot to write home about. The one-of-a-kind resort will feature one-of-a-kind amenities, such as the largest sportsbook in all of Vegas, a 9-story parking garage, a multi-tiered pool amphitheater with a year-round temperature-controlled pool, and more.
Circa’s Game-Changing Features
Let’s dive into exactly what will make Circa the most exciting new property to hit the Las Vegas valley this decade.
Vegas’ Largest New Sports Book
Stevens was inspired to create the biggest sportsbook in Las Vegas after recalling the feeling he got when he noticed the splendor of the then Las Vegas Hilton Superbook in 1986.
As a lover and sports and sports betting, he vowed to fulfill his vision of someday creating a state-of-the-art, multi-level sportsbook that would be in a class of its own in a city filled with sportsbooks.
Circa’s new 3-story sportsbook is being built stadium-style and will feature the biggest screen in sportsbook history. The sportsbook will have two floors of stadium seating, and the third floor of it will feature a studio for the Vegas Sports and Information Network (VSiN).
There will be five media studios in total at the Circa Sportsbook, with the other studios being available for various other broadcasts.
Stevens wants Circa’s sportsbook to recreate that exact same “wow” feeling he first got over 30 years ago at the former Hilton. And it sounds like there’s going to be hundreds of thousands of those reactions to come.
“We want to create something that people don’t forget. For me, I’ll never forget that moment I walked into the Las Vegas Hilton (now Westgate) SuperBook. I looked around, and I thought to myself, ‘my god, this is the greatest place on Earth right here.’”
Circa’s first-of-its-kind 9-story parking garage, called “Garage Mahal,” will make it convenient for guests to come downtown.
It was designed with today’s popular form of transportation in mind: ride-sharing. Uber and Lyft will be able to easily access the garage, taking passengers to and from the property, making it an easy access point for patrons in the area.
The World’s Coolest Rooftop Pool
Circa’s multi-tiered pool is planning on being recognized as the “greatest pool in the world” once it’s open to the public. The pool will be more than just a place to take a dip, it’ll double as an events center.
It’ll feature multiple levels, with a 134-by-41-foot video as its special draw.
The video screen will allow for various customized experienced, making it an excellent sports-viewing experience. There will be six different pools for guests to enjoy, and able to accommodate 4,000 people.
And it’s not its massive size or design that will set it apart from any other pool in Las Vegas, or the rest of the world for that matter, but its temperature control system that will make it possible for the pool to remain open 365 days out of the year.
That’s new for a pool in Las Vegas, whereas other Vegas pools typically shut down for the winter, reopening in the Spring for guests. It’s gearing up to be the hottest Spring Break/March Madness locale in Sin City.
Vegas Vickie, an iconic, kicking cowgirl statue that used to perch proudly above the Fremont Street Experience, is coming back to life inside of Circa’s hotel lobby, where she’ll live.
Many Vegas veterans will recognize her, adding that vintage flair that the company is trying to capitalize on.
In the early 2000s in Vegas, the city began to make the shift from marketing toward the whole family, to shifting the focus back to a more adult-themed playground as originally envisioned.
Circa will serve as a reprieve for those not traveling with children or to those who don’t have them, as being the first adult-only exclusive resort in Las Vegas in 2020.
Four Restaurants Will Debut in October Opening
When the property opens this October, there will be four different dining establishments for guests to choose from.
Barry S. Dakake, who most recently the executive chef at Scotch 80 Prime at the Palms, will make his return to the Vegas dining scene with Barry’s Downtown Prime. It will feature vintage steak and seafood cuisine.
Paul Siginaw, a Michigan restaurateur, will be opening up Saginaw’s Delicatessen. The deli will feature traditional items such as Reubens, matzo ball soup, latkes, salads, chopped liver, breakfast favorites, and more.
The family who owns the 102-year-old American Coney Island franchise will bring Victory Burgers & Wings Co. to the Circa, which will be located near the three-story sports book screen.
Victory Burger will feature specialty burgers, such as the half-pound burger Victory Burger which will be prepared using a special blend of short rib, brisket, and Angus beef.
And finally, chef Rex Bernales will be opening up Project BBQ. It will feature Carolina-style barbecue dishes including pulled brisket, pork, and chicken. The restaurant will include patio dining and an outdoor bar situated on the Fremont Street Experience.
In December, Chef Dan Coughlin, the chef who runs Le Thai on Fremont East District, will open up his Pan-Asian restaurant 8 East. It will feature Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Korean, and Thai dishes
Circa Las Vegas Opening Ahead of Schedule
The new resort was originally slated for a Dec. 2020 opening launch, but with the way that 2020 has gone, they’re decided to push the opening date even earlier.
Now, Oct. 28 will see the first five floors of amenities and “Garage Mahal” fully functioning and opening to the public.
When the resort opens, it will open with an unannounced number of rooms to start, the casino gaming floor, the three-story race and sports book, its various restaurants and bars, the glamorous pool, and a multi-tiered outdoor amphitheater.
To accomplish the ahead-of-schedule move, construction workers were reallocated from Circa’s hotel tower to finish construction on the property’s first five floors.
Beginning Wednesday at 9 a.m., the property will begin taking reservations. Once it opens, it’s expected to have 1,000 staff members on hand.
Perhaps Circa is opening ahead of schedule with all of the changes in tourism caused by the COVID-19, but we’re glad that it will be ready for the public to experience just ahead of Halloween weekend.
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