Downtown Las Vegas New Casino
Fremont Street was once the heart beat of Las Vegas. While the fame and nicer properties have migrated South to the Strip, Downtown Las Vegas will always be special. It is home to the Las Vegas’ first hotel and many of Southern Nevada’s most historical properties.
With that said, Fremont Street has always been a love/hate experience in my lifetime. For example back before they built the Fremont Street Experience canopy, driving down the neon lined street in a car was as iconic an experience as visiting the Grand Canyon in my opinion. Unfortunately the pre-canopy era was also a rough one Downtown and for many it wasn’t the nicest place to visit.
In the 1990’s the Fremont Street Experience came and changed things. Many of the casinos were old and worn down at this point, but they were given some life by the increased amounts of tourism. The city also forced many of the seedier folks into other areas making Downtown Las Vegas a little nicer, safer and cleaner.
It wasn’t until about 2011 though that I think Fremont Street hit its true modern peak. At that time it was a really fun place to hang out and watch live music. The hotels and casinos also started to see renovations. For example, the Plaza Hotel & Casino would close and reopen fully renovated in 2011 and the D Las Vegas (formerly Fitzgeralds) would renovate in 2012. During the following years many other casinos renovated, reopened or expanded.
Fall From the Peak
As the modern popularity of Fremont Street has grown, the crowds have become wilder and wilder. There was always an edge to Downtown and some of the seedier elements have returned as of late. Let’s just say it has gone from one of my favorite places to go to a place I generally avoid. The atmosphere is often just too much.
With that said, today’s Fremont Street is popular with many people and a guy named Derek Stevens is behind a lot of that. He is the one who renovated the D Las Vegas and brought in its trademark dancing dealers and modern vibe. He also modernized Golden Gate, Las Vegas’ oldest hotel. Finally, he bought the 85 year old Las Vegas Club and closed it for his most ambitious project yet.
In Come Circa
The Las Vegas Club along with a couple of smaller casinos and the famous Glitter Gulch topless club closed in 2015 to make way for a future project. While construction has been ongoing, the specifics of the new casino and its name had been a mystery until a recent announcement stating Circa Las Vegas will open in late 2020 and will be unlike anything else Downtown.
In its insanely long and bazaar promotional video Circa Las Vegas is described as, “A new mark on Fremont Street that celebrates the timeless spirit of the city.” The property is also described as, “an experience that spans generations” while “honoring the pioneers of the past” and “defining a vision in the present and making our mark on the future.” Got all that? Because I have no idea what it means.
Here is what it translates into though:
Circa Las Vegas Details
In that massive tower Circa will house 777 guest rooms, a two story casino, the largest sports book in Las Vegas and a pool area that is much bigger than anything else in the immediate area (See D pic above). With six pools, a 125 foot outdoor screen and a massive deck, Circa looks to be targeting younger people who like the pool club vibe.
In many ways this property is bigger and bolder than anything else Downtown. The only hotel that can sort of compete amenity wise is the Golden Nugget which opened its newest tower in 2009, but that hotel has much older parts and a pool area that is beautiful but suffers from being way too small.
While it seems like they are trying to describe Circa as a modern property with a nod to the past, I feel like it will be much more like a modern Strip casino come Downtown. From a loud pool area to dancing dealers in the casino, I expect a similar feeling to D Las Vegas, but with a fresh new property. I can’t wait to see what the inside will look like.
To conclude, the name Circa is yet another attempt by a company to be hip, but it isn’t the worst thing I have ever heard nor do I love it either. Vegas will continue to move forward and Circa is a sign of that. Whether it will fit in with the current culture of Downtown is debatable, but I think with an owner who knows the market and the benefits of new construction they’ll have something that’s both unique and popular.
What do you think? Is Circa Las Vegas exciting to you or would you rather things would go back to like how they were before? Let us know in the comments.