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2021 will be the best year for Las Vegas casinos: Circa Resort CEO by CNBC

“Derek Stevens is the owner and CEO of three Las Vegas casinos: Circa Resort & Casino, D Casino & Hotel and the Golden Gate Hotel & Casino. He joins ‘Squawk on the Street’ to discuss his projection for when casinos will be able to return to full capacity.


Forbes Vices Awards 2020: Circa, Downtown Vegas’ First New Casino In 40 Years by Will Yakowicz of Forbes

“With Las Vegas in a recession and some of the city’s biggest businesspeople (including Sheldon Adelson) trying to sell their assets on the Strip, there’s a new gambler in town. Derek Stevens, who owns the Golden Gate and the D with his brother, opened Circa, the first new casino in Downtown Vegas in 40 years. Circa is an adults-only property, boasting the largest TV in town and a sportsbook ‘stadium’ with a pool and 4,000 seats. It will be a while before Circa can hit full capacity, but when travel resumes in 2021, circa who knows when, Circa will be waiting.


Watch Las Vegas New Year’s Eve Fireworks & Implosion Live Stream 2020-2021 by Andrea Reiher of Heavy.

“The Plaza fireworks will be live streamed as part of the Las Vegas New Year’s Eve Countdown to 2021 special, which runs from 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. pacific time on KLAS-TV, Channel 8, and The show is being broadcast from Las Vegas’ newest casino, Circa, which offers a sweeping view of the city. The musical host will be Zowie Bowie. During the special, viewers will have a chance to donate to local food banks in an effort to tackle hunger in the Las Vegas area.


Derek Stevens Expects Record 2021 Year for Las Vegas Casinos by Melanie Porter of Gambling News

However, Mr. Stevens is optimistic about the current state and future prospects of Nevada’s gambling scene. According to him, the last five to six few weeks of the year have seen a growing resurgence of weekend gambling activities. He notes that the corporate and convention sides of the casino business have taken a significant hit, but gaming is returning to normal.

More importantly, Mr. Stevens is adamant that the new year will see a massive economic recovery for the City of Lights. He projects a very robust 2021 and says it might be one of the strongest years for Las Vegas and its casinos.


Wind can’t blow away Zowie Bowie’s NYE show by John Katsilometes of Las Vegas Review-Journal

“The collection of performers formed a show of solidarity among friends in the Vegas entertainment community. The deck at Circa’s Stadium Swim was swept by cold gusts, with showgirls holding fast to their headpieces, but the band stood firm and rocked it out for a west-regional CBS audience.


#VegasNYE: Different feel, same Las Vegas flare by Caroline Bleakley of 8 News Now Las Vegas

“KLAS-TV, Channel 8 aired a 3.5 hour special “Las Vegas New Year’s Eve Countdown to 2021” to 14 cities in seven states. The show was hosted from Las Vegas’ newest resort Circa, which is located in downtown Las Vegas and featured a New Year’s Eve show with Zowie Bowie but no audience.


Amid pandemic, Las Vegas continued to grow in 2020 by Tom Hawley of 3 News Las Vegas

Fremont Street is also where today you find the only megaresort to actually open its doors in 2020. Circa Las Vegas first started entertaining guests in its casino, shops, restaurants and the unique ‘Stadium Swim’ sports-viewing venue in late October with hotel rooms opening on December 28. Even during the pandemic, the idea is the same as it’s always been: ‘Build it and they will come.’


Time & Space Architectural Design Trends by John Seelmeyer of Nevada Business

Another change: air-handling systems increasingly will supply fresh air at the floor and exhaust it through the ceiling. That’s the opposite of most existing systems. ‘Greg Stevens (co-owner of Circa in downtown Las Vegas) insisted on this method that we had only completed once before in Finland,’ Steelman said. ‘The air smells cleaner at Circa.’ Fresh air — the sort of air that people breathe when they’re outside — will be important in new projects of all sorts, said Dwayne R. Eshenbaugh, a principal in Novus Architecture in Las Vegas and president of the Nevada chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).


Las Vegas Advisor: New year to bring 2 big resort openings by Anthony Curtis of Honolulu Star Advertiser

Question: When will the rooftop lounge at Circa open?

Answer: Circa’s Legacy Club is up and running. An express elevator runs direct to the bar lobby that’s decorated with busts and portraits of ‘legacy’ personalities, such as Howard Hughes and Steve Wynn. The 12-seat inside bar shares the limelight with 1,000 ounces of gold and one of the most spectacular views in town.


DSR90-1 wins Circa Sports Million II; 35 chop $2.39 million Survivor by Dave Tuley of

“TIM’S SUNSCREEN was a team of three guys who watched the early games at StadiumSwim at the Circa Resort. They had one easy winner with the Ravens as they ran over the Bengals 38-3, but had to sweat out the Browns’ 24-22 win as the Steelers scored a TD with 1:23 to play but failed on the 2-point conversion to tie the game.


2021 will bring more construction to Las Vegas; here’s what to expect by Alex Groves of Marin Independent Journal

Circa Resort & Casino, which opened its gaming floor and other amenities to a long line of guests in late October, opened its 777-room hotel tower tower and rooftop lounge on Dec. 28. In the hotel tower, there are standard rooms ranging in size from 402 to 752 square feet; suites ranging in size from 822 to 1,612 square feet; and six ‘Founders Suites’ measuring an average of 1,831 square feet, according to a news release. The basic rooms come with amenities such as refrigerators, dual vanities and 55-inch flat-screen TVs while the lavish Founders Suites offer in-room bars, floor-to-ceiling windows, two flat-screen TVs and a fireplace. On top of the 60th floor is the 84,000-square-foot Legacy Club. The upscale lounge offers craft cocktails, an outdoor terrace with fire pits and 360 degree views of Las Vegas.


The 25 Most Important Restaurant Openings in Las Vegas in 2020 by Susan Stapleton of Eater Las Vegas

“Downtown’s new Vegas Test Kitchen gives diners a chance to try out new restaurants before the owners commit to a location, while the arrival of Circa on the Fremont Street Experience brings chef Barry Dakake back to the kitchen and Dan Coughlin offering his take on Asian fare.


Tasty Tuesday with Melinda Sheckells | Jan. 5, 2021 by KTNV Las Vegas

Tucked away below the casino floor, Barry’s Downtown Prime at Circa Las Vegas. [Barry’s] is from the same culinary team—chef Barry S. Dakake and the newly formed Make It Happen Hospitality—who were integral players in the legendary N9NE Steakhouse and Scotch 80 Prime at Palms. This new Downtown dining temple is beautifully designed with notes of vintage glamour and features opulent details crafted by local architecture firm Punch.

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