The Golden Gate Casino on Fremont Street in Las Vegas has reopened after a major expansion project.
The 111-year-old casino, famous for hosting the likes of Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Dean Martin, had an official reopening ceremony last week. The expansion has nearly doubled the size of the casino floor, expanded the outdoor bar and redesigned the casino’s façade with a design inspired by the Jazz Age.
The new entrance on Fremont Street features 500-pound golden velvet drapes. There are also close to 100 new slot machines and a 360-degree, 24-foot tower of televisions that encases a chandelier.
The CEO and owner Derek Stevens said, “Bottom of Form
“We maintained some of the great historical themes, but we’ve added a number of more modern amenities.”
The expansion is one of a number of projects that will contribute to the revitalization of downtown Las Vegas.
Stevens is also working on a new hotel-casino project on the site of the closed Las Vegas Club and Mermaids. At the same time, the Downtown Grand recently received approval to build a hotel tower that will nearly double the resort’s existing room total.
There will also be renovations to the Freemont Street Experience light show located in a five-block entertainment district with access to casinos.
The president of Freemont Street Experience, Patrick Hughes, said that people come to downtown Las Vegas for its pedestrian-friendly streets, the connectivity of the hotel-casinos and attractions such as the Neon Museum and the Mob Museum. Last year 53% of visitors to the city visited the area during their trip.
“We only have 5 percent of the city’s hotel rooms, which means a trip downtown is a major part of their trip to Las Vegas,” he said. “They come to Las Vegas because downtown is part of that experience, not competing with the Strip, but we are a destination within a destination.”