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Durango Casino & Resort Opens Dec. 5 Off The Strip In Las Vegas

Written By Marc Meltzer on August 4, 2023 - Last Updated on November 7, 2023
Rendering Of Exterior View of Durango Casino & Resort with logo

Station Casinos is now planning to open Durango Casino & Resort on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023. The opening date was originally scheduled for Nov. 20.

This will be a grand opening. When Durango Casino & Resort opens all venues will be available to guests. Station Casinos doesn’t believe in soft openings which may confuse guests.

During the company’s most recent earnings call, Board of Directors Vice Chairman Lorenzo Fertitta said “(w)hen we open properties, every aspect of the property is open, ready to go”.

Red Rock Resorts, the parent company of Station Casinos, first hinted at the opening of Durango Casino in May 2021. The company revealed its initial plans for the new off-strip casino resort later in the year.

Like all Station Casinos properties, Durango is located away from the Vegas Strip. The new casino is just off I-215 on Durango Road. This is about a 15-minute drive from Las Vegas Blvd.

In celebration of the announcement, the marquee outside of Durango Casino & Resort went live for the first time. The massive sign is 60 feet high and 55 feet wide and has over 6 million color LRD pixels. That’s a fancy sign!

What you will find at the new Durango Casino & Resort

Durango Casino & Resort will be an upscale property for the company. The hotel tower will have 200 rooms and suites. The pool complex will have cabanas and an event lawn.

The casino floor will be 83,000 square feet and include a state-of-the-art sportsbook along with traditional and electronic table games and slots.

This is a relatively small property and there will only be four full-service restaurants. There will also be a food hall with more than 10 outlets.

There will be about 20,000 square feet of meeting and convention space. This would be good for small to medium-sized companies looking for gatherings close to the touristy part of Las Vegas but not in the middle of all the action.

Durango Casino & Resort will be located just off the freeway and will have 40 electric vehicle charging stations. While this is a casino for locals, it could make for a fun pitstop for those driving to Las Vegas. According to a Las Vegas Visitor Profile Study, 48% of those traveling to Las Vegas last year arrived via automobile

The company is already planning a second phase for the property. There’s no timeline for the expansion but it will include more gambling space and room for entertainment.

Durango Food Hall Patio Rendering
Durango Food Hall Patio Rendering. Credit: Station Casinos
Durango Lobby Bar Avenue
Durango Lobby Bar Avenue. Credit: Station Casinos

Station Casinos will open another casino in West Henderson, Nevada

After Durango Casino & Resort opens the company will look to build and open another casino in the Henderson area of Nevada. Earlier this year, Red Rock Resorts received approval to build a casino in the Inspirada section of Henderson.

Early plans for the property include a hotel tower with 600 rooms. The casino floor will be around the same size as Durango at about 80,000 square feet.

Similar to larger Station Casinos properties, Inspirada will have a movie theater and bowling alley.

There’s no official timeline for construction yet. Earlier this year, KLAS reported the company could begin construction as soon as Jan. 2024 with a possible opening date of March 2025.

Red Rock officials commented about the land that was once targeted by the Oakland A’s for a Las Vegas baseball stadium during the most recent earnings call. The A’s bailed on the binding agreement and made a deal with Bally’s to build a stadium on the moved to the Vegas Strip.

The company said the initial A’s deal generated a lot of awareness for the land. There’s been a lot of interest from developers for some or part of the land. They’ll continue to have discussions with interested buyers.

Photo by Station Casinos; illustrated by PlayUSA
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Marc grew up on the mean streets of the South Bronx. He's the rare combination of Yankees and Jets fan which explains his often contrarian point of view. Marc is a freelance writer and social media consultant. Writing about steak, booze, gambling and Las Vegas is a tough job but somebody has to do it.

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