The multi-level casino and amphitheater pool of the first downtown resort built in decades are opening ahead of schedule.
On Wednesday, Las Vegas casino mogul Derek Stevens unveiled an opening date for a portion of the 777-room Circa Resort and Casino.
The basement and first five floors of the new resort will open on Oct. 28.
Hotel rooms will remain closed
While the casino, pool, parking garage and several restaurants will open, hotel rooms will not be available until a later date.
Stevens previously planned to launch the whole Circa package in December, but social distancing requirements on the construction site in the wake of COVID-19 forced him to change the timeline.
Restrictions on the number of people allowed in man lifts limited the number of workers allowed on upper floors of the hotel tower. Stevens worked with construction contractors to focus on the first five floors and push for an early opening.
“We took the hand that was dealt us and tried to work as efficient as possible," Stevens told the USA TODAY Network.
Here's a look at what will open come Oct. 28:
The multi-tiered pool amphitheater is temperature-controlled and includes a 134-by-41-foot video screen.
Stevens is pitching the aquatic center a “destination pool” – a spot that will be at the top of tourist’s lists when they roll through Sin City.
By the numbers: Circa's pool
38: day beds
337: chaise lounges
4,000: the number of people the resort expects to visit the pool every day.
Saginaw’s Delicatessen comes from Paul Saginaw, a Detroit legend. This marks the first new restaurant outside Michigan from the restaurateur behind Zingerman’s Deli – an Ann Arbor institution Saginaw opened with partner Ari Weinzweig in 1982. The sandwiches of Zingerman’s have been touted at some of the country's best. Saginaw’s Downtown Las Vegas menu will feature his famous Reuben, breakfast specialties and delicatessen classics: matzo ball soup, onion rings, salads, latkes and chopped liver.
Victory Burger and Wings
Victory will be the culinary anchor overlooking Circa’s sportsbook. This restaurant comes from Chris Sotiropoulos and Grace Keros – third-generation owners of the 102-year old American Coney Island in Detroit. The menu will include wings, appetizers and five specialty burgers, including the Victory Burger – a half-pound Angus beef, short rib and brisket patty topped with a secret sauce. Then there’s the Olive Burger, a culinary staple in Michigan: A unique iteration of the hamburger made of a beef patty topped with a mixture of mayonnaise, chopped olives and often olive brine.
This will be the Fremont Street Experience’s only permanent food truck. From the mind of Chef Rex Bernales and partners Rob Baker, Mo Pierce and Steve Hamlin, Project BBQ will offer pulled brisket, pork, chicken and its signature “Garbage Bowl.” The bowl goes like this: handmade potato chips covered in signature meats, a trio of South Carolina BBQ, beer and cheese sauces – and then topped with applewood-smoked bacon and coleslaw.
Barry’s Downtown Prime
Barry’s Downtown Prime is a new steakhouse concept from Chef Barry Dakae and Make it Happen Hospitality. This restaurant aims to sit customers in an atmosphere reminiscent of '50s and '60s Las Vegas. Alongside the red meat on the menu will be seafood, prepared fresh in a tableside manner.
The return of Vegas Vickie
Las Vegas’ beloved neon kicking cowgirl has a new home.
Vegas Vickie first appeared in 1980 and made worldwide headlines in 1994 when she married her neon partner, Vegas Vic.
She was removed when Stevens needed room for Circa's construction. She will now live in the resort's lobby.
Two-story casino and sportsbook
Circa’s two-story casino will feature 1,350 slot machines, 49 table games and what Stevens is touting as the world's largest sportsbook.
With a seating capacity of 1,000 guests, the stadium-style sportsbook includes a 78-million-pixel high-definition screen viewable throughout Circa’s two-story casino.
The third floor will have a broadcast studio for Vegas Stats and Information Network (VSiN) to offer bettors daily analysis daily from broadcasters, athletes and industry pros.