Las Vegas casino mogul Derek Stevens talks pro sports, changing downtown

Developments are undergoing at the newest 777-room hotel-casino, expected to open in downtown Las Vegas by the end of 2020. Circa, the name of the new resort is considered Derek Stevens’ greatest project to this day. Originally from Detroit, Stevens first invested in Las Vegas back in 2006, when he bought shares with his brother in the Golden Gate. Stevens made several purchases ever since and he currently owns the D Las Vegas, the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center, and the Circa Sportbook.

From the casino side, the California just renovated. You’ve got a new tower going up at Downtown Grand. The D’s had a lot of renovations, and now you have Circa coming. So you’ve got a lot going on in the hotel-casino space,” said Stevens in recent comments. 

The Stevens brothers

During the summer of 2015, brothers Derek and Greg Stevens purchased the Las Vegas Club, which is located on Fermont Street in downtown Las Vegas. The Stevens decided to demolish the club, with plans to build a new resort instead. Later in 2016, the brothers purchased the Mermaids Casino and the Glitter Gulch strip club which have been closed with plans to be demolished to make room for the new resort. Constructions started on the project in April of 2019. In statements to GlobeNewsWire, Derek Steves says

“We’re ready to go,” Stevens said. “The final details are being worked out and we’re really excited. We’re going to make everyone feel welcome. Whether you’re a big bettor or a small bettor, doesn’t matter. We want you to come in, place a bet, catch the games, have some fun.”

Circa Resort & Casino design and vision 

In recent comments about Circa, Stevens says “This is the biggest project I’ve ever had, by a long shot.” The hotel-casino will include the longest outdoor bar, a multi-level, a stadium, 7 pools, and an amphitheater with massive screens for sports fans. According to Stevens, his design philosophy is centred around his experiences and love for sports. “I love watching sports, so I designed a bar that has every single game on that I want,” says Stevens.

The investor aims at creating an environment people want to come to and hang out. The resort will also include five restaurants, ` two-floor casino with the largest sportsbook in Las Vegas, as well as a nine-story parking garage. The project is expected to be completed by December 2020 and will be located on the site of the former Las Vegas Club and Mermaids Casino which were demolished back in 2017. 

I'm Adam Shaw, Senior Editor and one of the first members at VegasSlots. I'm a massive football sports fan but also love casinos and occasional trips to Las Vegas. Gaming runs in the family

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