U-M Grad And Owner Of The D Las Vegas Announces He's Building Tallest Casino In Downtown Vegas

It will have a massive pool with huge screens, and a multilevel sports bet screen

January 11, 2019 - 9:53 am

Michigan grad and owner of the D Las Vegas and Golden Gate Casino, Derek Stevens, announced last night with his brother Greg that he's building the tallest building in downtown Las Vegas.

Opening in 2020, it's called the Circa Resort & Casino. And it's the first ground-up resort development since 1980. 

The new resort, expected to cost in the neighborhood of $1 billion, will sit on the former site of the Las Vegas Club, Mermaids casino and the Glitter Gulch strip club.

According to the news release, Circa “will mix the glamour of vintage Vegas with modern luxuries and cutting-edge technology, honoring the golden age of the city. Guests can expect top-notch entertainment while enjoying honest, attentive and friendly service.”

Circa will have 777 rooms, including many suites, “a range of eclectic restaurants,”  the longest outdoor bar on Fremont Street, a spa, a massive pool overlooked by a huge video screen and a multi-tiered pool amphitheater.

It promises to have a multi-level, stadium-style sports book that Stevens boasts will also have “the biggest screen in sports book history.”

Also notable will be Vegas Vickie, the kicking cowgirl who was once perched high above the Fremont Street Experience, in the lobby, and the 1,201-space parking garage, named “Garage Mahal.” 

A partnership with Vegas Stats and Information Network (VSiN) will bring an in-house broadcast studio to Circa.

Construction is expected to begin next month.

“I still remember the very first day I walked into the Caesars Palace sports book and I had that wow moment in my mind,” Derek Stevens said, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, describing his planned three-story Circa book.

“Then, when I walked into the Las Vegas Hilton (now the Westgate) in 1986 and saw their Superbook … another wow moment,” he said. “I think what we’re trying to create that scenario where anyone who’s a sports fan is going to want to come over and check this out.”