Downtown Vegas is getting a pool that will feature all-year access, giant video screen

LAS VEGAS – Could the pool of the Fremont Street’s forthcoming Circa Resort & Casino be the greatest in the world?

That’s how downtown Las Vegas developer Derek Stevens envisions it.

“We’re trying to build what I would consider to be the greatest pool in the history of the world,” Stevens said Monday morning, wearing a yellow safety vest and hard hat on a tour of the construction site. “Hopefully it’s something that adds into the Vegas allure to bring more people.”

Greatness, he said, isn’t measured in size as much as adaptability.

A temperature control system will allow the pool area to be open 365 days a year, Stevens said.

But it’s the multi-tiered pool amphitheater with a 134-by-41-foot video screen that’s become the heart of Steven’s pitch – a feature that allows for customizable experiences, he said.

“This is going to be a great venue to watch sports, a great place to catch sun, a great place to listen to music,” Stevens said, “and a great place for product launches.”

The developer called the aquatic center a “destination pool” – a spot that will be at the top of tourist’s lists when they roll through Sin City.

“We expect to be able to do 4,000 people a day,” Stevens said.

By the numbers: Circa’s pool
  • 30: cabanas
  • 38: day beds
  • 337: chaise lounges
Downtown Las Vegas grows 

Slated to open at the end of 2020, the 777-room Circa will be the first new resort project to be built downtown in decades. And at 458 feet, it will be the tallest.

Stevens is a Detroit native who first tossed the dice as a Las Vegas investor in 2006, when he bought a stake with his brother in the Golden Gate on Fremont Street.

Today, after several years of purchases, Stevens now owns the D Las Vegas, the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center and the Circa Sportsbook.

Circa Resort & Casino is a little different, he said.

“This is the biggest project I’ve ever had,” Stevens told the USA TODAY Network. “By a long shot.”

Aside from the massive pool, Circa will include the longest outdoor bar beneath the Fremont Street Experience canopy and a multi-level, stadium-style sportsbook inside a two-level casino.

The first new resort – and soon-to-be tallest at 458 feet – to be built downtown in decades, the Circa will add a slice of cutting-edge flair to a downtown gambling corridor known for the cheap-and-easy old Vegas atmosphere that differentiates it from the larger-than-life draw of the Strip.

Ed Komenda writes about Las Vegas for the Reno Gazette Journal and USA Today Network. Do you care about democracy? Then support local journalism by subscribing to the Reno Gazette Journal right here.