Allison Mitchell Allison Mitchell | December 21, 2020 | Lifestyle
Sin City mogul Derek Stevens has debuted Downtown Las Vegas’ first all-new resort-casino in four decades. Welcome to Circa Resort & Casino.
Take a look at Circa Resort & Casino by the numbers, and the stats are impressive: 777 rooms span 35 sky-high floors in a building that occupies 1.25 million square feet. The world’s largest sportsbook, Circa Sports, allows up to 1,000 fans to view up to 19 games at once on a larger-than-life 78 million-pixel screen. The country’s largest destination pool experience, Stadium Swim, will welcome guests a full 365 days per year to enjoy even more sports on a 14 million-pixel, 143-foot-wide screen. Six swimming pools, heated up to 104 degrees when the temperatures dip, two swim-up bars and 30 cabanas offer plenty of space for revelers to retreat. Then there’s the 10 restaurants, bars and lounges, and a two-story, 8,002-square-foot casino—featuring 1,350 slot machines and 49 table games—in which to while away the hours. Yes, developer and CEO Derek Stevens is ready to bet big on downtown Vegas’ first ground-up resort-casino in 40 years.
“For the past five years, the Circa team and our partners have been devoted to introducing a resort and casino experience that brings something totally new to Vegas, and in some cases the country,” says Stevens, who also co-owns downtown’s D Las Vegas and Golden Gate Hotel & Casino. “I will be the first to admit that 2020 has not been easy, but this talented group persevered and has delivered on this vision eight weeks early. I’m incredibly proud to be putting 1,500 people to work, and that our doors are finally open for all to visit Circa.”
Naturally, the grand opening of Vegas’ first adults-only resort, which took place Oct. 28, was executed in glittering Las Vegas style. While the hotel tower and Legacy Club, Circa’s signature rooftop lounge, won’t debut until Dec. 28, the casino, retail spaces, outdoor pool and myriad restaurants, bars and lounges are open and ready to provide an experience reminiscent of Vegas’ golden era.
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By day—or by night—Stadium Swim is certainly Circa’s crown jewel. The descending pools are situated stadium style, of course, and are unlike anything Las Vegas has seen before. Live DJs will spin tunes as guests bask on nearby chaise lounges while large parties can book a supercabana that will accommodate up to 50 of your closest friends. A 40-foot-high HD screen takes game day to a whole new level. Cleanliness is also top of mind as the pools feature ultraviolet sanitation, the city’s fastest water-recirculation patterns and real-time chemical-monitoring controllers that reduce chlorine use and destroy pathogens, bacteria, viruses and more.
Inside, Mega Bar features 120 beers on tap, 46 double-stacked TVs—can you tell Stevens loves his sports?—and 53 table games across a bar top that spans 165 feet, making it the largest indoor bar in the state of Nevada. When hunger strikes, look for blonde bombshell Vegas Vickie. Stevens acquired the 25-foot-high neon sign in 2016 and has finally found a place for her above signature restaurant Barry’s Downtown Prime. Helmed by chef Barry S. Dakake, the glitzy steakhouse pays homage to the ’50s and ’60s, and includes eight distinct dining rooms with art from more than 40 local artists. Tableside preparations, innovative cocktails and top-of-the-line steaks and seafood will have locals and visitors flocking here for years to come. Yes, Mr. Stevens, we’d say you’ve won big.
Photography by: Photos courtesy of Circa Resort & Casino