New Durango Casino Debuts In Las Vegas
Las Vegas seemingly has gambling options around every corner. You can add one more casino property to the map as patrons were welcomed to the brand-new Durango Casino and Resort, which officially opened for business on Tuesday in the southwest Las Vegas valley.
Visitors were given their first look at the $780 million, 15-story property more than two years after Station Casinos gained approval to build the resort on the 71-acre plot acquired in 2000. Station management sees the area as a major opportunity to appeal to locals looking to gamble, enjoy a nice meal, or take in some entertainment.
“There are areas, Las Vegas is fast growing, we take advantage of that. This area in particular, the growth in the area is dynamic so we watched for a number of years,” Station Casinos President Scott Kreeger told Channel 13 Las Vegas, “and we feel this area needs a product like Durango Casino and Resort.”
Details On The Property
The Durango is now Station’s first new full-scale casino launch since 2008. The company also operates the Red Rock in Summerlin and Green Valley Ranch in Henderson along with Station-branded properties (Palace Station, Boulder Station, and more).
Durango boasts 200 hotel rooms, 83,000 square feet of gaming space, a sportsbook, and several restaurants and bars.
Opening-day events for the new casino included a ribbon cutting and fireworks show. The property’s facade features a bit of a tropical feel with numerous palm trees and other greenery. Design features include stone floors and walls and plenty of natural light.
Station Growth, Fontainebleau Opening Soon
Durango is the first casino opening in Las Vegas since Resorts World was unveiled in 2021. The casino’s completion comes at a time when Station Casinos is focusing more on the Las Vegas market. Beyond larger casinos, the company is also focusing on much smaller properties with only a few hundred slots and a couple restaurants.
“They’re a little bit more local in their radius of customer catchment,” CEO Frank Fertitta III said this year in a company conference call.
Another Las Vegas casino will soon be opening as well. The long-delayed Fontainebleau property is expected to debut at the north end of the Strip on Dec. 13. The casino resort has seen several owners and financing plans fall through since the property was announced in 2005.
The $3.7-billion property will include a 67-story, 3,644-room hotel, and feature 150,000 square feet of casino space with 42-foot-high ceilings. It will also have a 3,800-seat, 90,000-square-foot theater, a 50,000-square-foot Liv nightclub, numerous restaurants and bars, and more.