Circa in the News | 12-24-20 to 12-30-20


Jump to Section:


This Week’s Trending Topics for Circa Las Vegas


Top Circa Las Vegas Tweets


back to top ^


Circa Las Vegas in the News


Artist takes Legos to new level by Joe D’Amico of Gaming Today

As he perfected his craft, news broke out of his creations. Ihle began taking requests for life-sized Lego selfies. His first official buyers were John and Matt Altman from Bravo’s hit-series ‘Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles.’ After seeing the episode air, Nicole Stevens, wife of famed Las Vegas casino and hotel owner Derek Stevens, gave him a call and asked if he can build a life-sized statue of her husband. One thing led to another and several months later during the current health crisis, the Chris Ihle Art Gallery opened in Las Vegas’ newest hotel, Circa.

‘Somebody in your life deserves a life-sized Lego,’ Ihle said. ‘Our gallery (the only one like it in the world) is for you and me, regular folk to enjoy art. There is no fee to enter and we want people to come in, have fun, take pictures, and become inspired and creative.’


Circa hotel-casino shows off hotel rooms, lounge before opening by Joyce Lupiani of KTNV Las Vegas

Circa, the new hotel-casino in downtown Las Vegas, will welcome its first hotel guests this weekend. The hotel officially opens next Tuesday but it is offering the ‘world’s earliest check-in’ for guests who already have rooms booked.


Fremont Street Experience New Year’s Eve: No Live Music, But Fireworks Atop Las Vegas Plaza Casino by Larry Henry of

In September, Plaza CEO Jonathan Jossel and Circa Resort CEO Derek Stevens stood at an upper level at the then-unopened Circa, watching a brief fireworks display at the Plaza. Stevens posted a video of the fireworks show on his Twitter account.

Circa is an adults-only new resort at Fremont and Main streets across from the Plaza. Circa held a grand opening for its gaming areas on Oct. 28. After Christmas, it is making hotel rooms available for the first time. On New Year’s Eve, Circa is scheduled to host a ‘Countdown To New Year’s Eve’ special to air in Las Vegas on KLAS-TV, beginning at 8:59 pm. Other CBS affiliates in the West are scheduled to broadcast the show.


Circa’s technology would have been a hit with CES crowd by Richard N. Velotta of Las Vegas Review-Journal

“It’s too bad CES isn’t coming to town next month because attendees would have had a blast at Circa with all the technology and innovations it has. Media members got a first look at the hotel rooms and Legacy Club before Monday’s opening, and the gadgetry for guests will no doubt be embraced by those who appreciate innovation.


Doors to Circa’s hotel suites, Legacy Club to open Dec. 28 by Richard N. Velotta of Las Vegas Review-Journal

“The hotel side of Derek Stevens’ 8-week-old Circa resort is almost ready for occupancy. The 777-room tower and its top-floor Legacy Club will open their doors to the public on Monday. Circa owner Derek Stevens said 512 rooms would be available initially, giving the company a better idea of what the suite mix should be, based on customer demand, when the entire building is available. A decision on the mix of new suites isn’t expected until 2022.

Stevens said there are 26 different room types, ranging from 980-square-foot standard rooms with a king bed to the 1,830-square-foot Founders Suites on the 55th floor. Every room has a refrigerator, a safe, floor-to-ceiling slanted windows with incredible views – and a lot of technology.


Circa debuts hotel tower, Legacy Club rooftop lounge by Gaming Today

Circa Resort & Casino – downtown Las Vegas’ newest casino-resort – has officially opened its 777-room hotel tower and rooftop lounge, Legacy Club. Paying tribute to Vintage Vegas through its design and old-school hospitality, these new amenities mark the official completion of Circa’s construction.

‘They say to save the best for last, and when you see our hotel tower and Legacy Club, you’ll see that’s exactly what we did,’ said Derek Stevens, CEO of Circa. ‘Circa is now home to some of the most stunning hotel rooms and suites in all of the city and watching Las Vegas light up before your eyes from Legacy Club is one of those ‘wow’ moments you have to experience for yourself.’


Adults-only Circa resort celebrates grand opening with arrival of guests by Hector Mejia and Caroline Bleakley of 8 News Now Las Vegas

The Las Vegas valley’s newest resort officially opened its hotel rooms, roof-top lounge and Legacy Club to guests Monday morning and will celebrate its grand opening in the evening. The 777-room adults-only Circa Resort & Casino in downtown Las Vegas is 60 floors tall and is the tallest building north of the Las Vegas Strip. The property did allow guests with reservations to do an early check-in over the weekend.


Circa Resort to host New Year’s Eve TV special by Brock Radke of Las Vegas Sun

The Legacy Club opened this week atop the 777-room hotel tower at the Circa Resort and Casino, and anyone who has experienced the outdoor space at the rooftop lounge knows the views are spectacularly unique, including a clear shot looking down at the 22-story Plaza Hotel and Casino across the street.

The Circa tower might be the best place to view the Plaza’s New Year’s Eve fireworks show, and that’s just one of the reasons the brand-new downtown casino property was selected to host KLAS-TV’s 27th annual ‘Countdown to New Year’s Eve 2021’ live special, beginning at 9 p.m. Thursday on the local CBS affiliate Channel 8.


Guests begin checking in to hotel rooms at Circa by Richard N. Velotta of Las Vegas Review-Journal

“Guests have begun checking in to 512 hotel rooms at Circa. The downtown Las Vegas resort, which includes the tallest tower north of the Strip, officially opened its hotel Monday after offering ‘the world’s earliest check-in’ during a promotion that began Saturday, giving those with reservations the potential for two free days at the property. A total 165 guests took advantage of the promotion.

Circa’s casino has been open since Oct. 28, but the resort received special permission from the Nevada Gaming Control Board to open the hotel rooms after the casino. In addition to the hotel, the company opened its indoor-outdoor, 8,400-square-foot Legacy Club on the 60th floor. ‘They say to save the best for last, and when you see our hotel tower and Legacy Club, you’ll see that’s exactly what we did,’ Derek Stevens, CEO of Circa, said in a statement Monday.


Strip gaming win continues to trail other markets in November by Richard N. Velotta of Las Vegas Review-Journal

“One bright spot in the November report was that gaming win was up 1.7 percent to $53 million in downtown Las Vegas. Derek Stevens’ Circa property opened Oct. 28 so November was the first full month of operation there. Analysts had suggested that Circa’s opening could draw more gamblers to all downtown properties. Sports betting, a Circa staple, also boosted downtown’s numbers.


Las Vegas November tourism down by Buck Wargo of Gaming Today

In Downtown Las Vegas, Pirosch said even though gaming revenue grew by 1.7% in November due to the opening of the Circa Resort on Oct. 28th, he said because it grew by 0.3% over October, ‘that unfortunately, this means that Circa’s opening essentially just rearranged market share. On another note, sports pool volume and win hit new records this month, no doubt driven by the exceptional sportsbook at Circa.’


Mixed bag for November Nevada gaming by Buck Wargo of Gaming Today

The Circa Resort casino that opened Oct. 28 dramatically changed the fortunes of gaming win percentages in downtown Las Vegas for the better in November and Nevada set a record for football bets placed and the overall win for sportsbooks. Downtown Las Vegas with the first month of the Circa Resort open saw a gain of 1.74% over November 2019 with a $52.9 million gaming win. Downtown was down 22.16% in October and 21.4% in September, according to numbers released Tuesday by the Nevada Gaming Control Board.


VSiN and iHeartMedia Expand Existing Partnership Deal by Julie Moraine of Gambling News

“VSiN also partnered with Circa Resorts Casino in Las Vegas to establish sports betting television studio and radio booths for the state-of-the-art sportsbook of the property which opened doors in the end of October.


Circa Tour: Get an inside look at Las Vegas’ newest resort by Alex Backus and Caroline Bleakley of KRQE

Circa is the first resort built from the ground up in downtown Las Vegas since 1980 and it’s a stunning mix of old and new Las Vegas. From stunning rooftop views to Las Vegas icons and a massive screen to watch sports, the Circa Resort & Casino is a gamechanger for downtown Las Vegas. ‘We just love the vibe of downtown Las Vegas,’ said Circa CEO Derek Stevens. Against the odds of 2020, the hotel and casino partially opened in October and then fully opened on Dec. 28. ‘Opening in a pandemic was not part of our original plan but I’m really glad we opened,’ Stevens said.


Sports meets Art; w/ LEGO builder Chris Ihle by Mo & Mel of Girl Chat Sports

“Tonight’s guest is Chris Ihle, of the Chris Ihle Art Gallery inside the new Circa Hotel in Downtown Las Vegas. Chris makes LIFE sized Lego statues for a living. But we will hear about how he got started in this business, the projects he has worked on in the past and currently working on…and who he’d hope to ‘LEGO-ize’ in the future.


Best in Show: Counting down the top 10 moments of 2020 in Vegas sports by Case Keefer of Las Vegas Sun

With sports betting sweeping the nation and now legal in 18 states, the world needed a reminder that Las Vegas remains the industry’s mecca. Circa provided that by unveiling the largest sportsbook on earth—featuring a $20 million, 78 million-megapixel screen—as part of the new Downtown resort’s grand opening at midnight October 28. Invited guests were allowed into Circa a few hours early, which fittingly meant the sportsbook’s first crowd watched the Los Angeles Dodgers top the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 6 to win the 2020 World Series.

back to top ^