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Major Multi-Year Renovation Planned For Suncoast Hotel & Casino In Las Vegas

Written By Marc Meltzer on March 21, 2024
Pink Casino Neon Sign Shines

Boyd Gaming announced a major multi-year renovation for Suncoast Hotel and Casino. The casino located in the Summerlin area of Las Vegas will see its first large-scale upgrade since opening in 2020.

The Suncoast casino renovations will be completed by 2026. When completed, the Suncoast aesthetic will be lighter and brighter. Bright and shiny casinos are all the rage in Las Vegas.

These changes are being made to keep up with the modern amenities and environment current guests expect. The upgrades will also combat renovations at a nearby competitor, Red Rock Casino that started last year.

Steve Schutte, Boyd Gaming’s executive vice president of operations told the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

“We want to make sure that our properties remain relevant and fresh, and there’s always something new in the market. Customer preferences and desires change over time, and we need to make sure that our properties adjust to that and change with the needs of our customers.”

Upgrades are already underway at Suncoast. Last year the high-limit room moved into some of the space once used to house the buffet. The casino also added a new restaurant called Willy B’s Steakhouse.

Renovations will touch on the main casino floor and the second-floor Bingo area. In addition to the changes to the gaming areas, there will be new bars and more meeting spaces.

A look at Suncoast’s new sportsbook with stadium seating

Suncoast Sportsbook Rendering

One of the major changes on the casino floor at Suncoast will be moving the race and sports book. The new state-of-the-art sportsbook should be open in time for football season later this year.

The sportsbook will move from the main gaming area to what was most recently used as a theater for shows. The desks used for horse bettors in the current sportsbook won’t make the move.

Instead, the new sportsbook will have mostly lounge chairs and stadium-style seating. Instead of the old TVs and projection screens the new sportsbook will have bright new high-resolution, wrap-around, LED screens.

Suncoast occasionally offered football viewing in the theater and the sightlines were great and the space was comfortable. The upgrades should make this one of the better sportsbooks away from the Vegas Strip.

Bingo hall will be moving downstairs

The sportsbook moving to the theater opens up space on the gaming floor. The current 600-capacity bingo hall on the second floor at Suncoast is moving to the main casino floor most recently occupied by the sportsbook.

Bingo players will still play upstairs for a while. The new easier-to-access bingo hall will open in 2025.

Once the bingo hall is moved, it will be used as a meeting space. The changes will double the amount of space for meetings at Suncoast.

Performers will also move upstairs once the space becomes available.

A new center bar at Suncoast Las Vegas will be casino’s centerpiece

Suncoast Center Bar Rendering

The table games area at Suncoast has shrunk a lot since the COVID-19 pandemic. Just under 100,000 square feet of space once used for table games will become a new bar.

This new center bar will be visible as soon as guests enter the casino from the valet area. It will have seating for 70 and be raised above the gaming floor.

The modern space will become the centerpiece of the casino floor. The new aesthetic of this space will be topped off with a chandelier made just for the Suncoast.

There should be more changes at Suncoast in addition to what has been announced. Obviously, with all the changes above the gaming floor will be reconfigured.

What else to expect from Suncoast’s renovations

Hotel guests will see a new front desk when checking in and out of Suncoast.

Like many Las Vegas casinos since the Covid-19 pandemic, Boyd closed the buffet at Suncoast. Most, but not all of that space, is the new high-limit room.

Boyd will take that space and combine it with a closed sports bar to create a new food hall. There’s no timeline for this part of the renovation.

The company is very happy with the performance of the food hall that was part of renovating the Fremont Hotel and Casino in downtown Las Vegas and would like to offer something similar at Suncoast.

This could also open up other quick-serve eatery spaces at Suncoast for upgrades but Boyd hasn’t commented on this yet. There are currently two quick-serve dining spaces at Suncoast.

One is used for a coffee shop and an ice cream shop. The other has a deli along with a Subway. David Strow, Boyd Gaming’s vice president of corporate communications told CDC Gaming Reports:

“This will be a completely different property when we’re done — brighter and more modern. Suncoast has been very successful for us and a very popular property, but it opened 24 years ago and is in need of a modernization to help the property continue growing and evolving in the area of Las Vegas it serves.”

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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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