The Las Vegas skyline is forever-changing because of new properties from new hotels to the Raiders stadium popping up around the Strip. A lot of change also come from renovations to existing buildings and name changes.
Palace Station, a Las Vegas staple off the Strip, falls into the category. The hotel and casino just wrapped up a multi-million dollar, 2-year renovation.
Ahead of this weekend’s grand opening, 8 News Now was allowed on the property for an exclusive tour of how Station Casinos stripped the property down and started over.
Among many other changes, there are new floors, ceilings, and slot machines.
The Palace Station holds a special place in everyone’s heart because of its unique history.
“There really hasn’t been anything that we haven’t touched,” said Lori Nelson, a spokesperson for Station Casinos. “To watch it grow and morph over the past 42 years has been incredible.”
Station Casinos’ goal was to revive a piece of the past while creating a contemporary style with character.
“It is just such a great time in Southern Nevada, and it’s a really smart investment by the Fertitta Brothers,” Nelson said.
The $192 million renovation, includes new food, gaming and entertainment options, along with a huge building expansion.
“This is our new casino floor where we have raised the ceiling; completely renovated new slot machines,” Nelson said.
Palace Station’s casino’s history dates back to 1976 when Frank Fertitta opened the doors to just 100 slot machines and a snack bar. At that time, it was named “The Casino.”
A year later, Fertitta added bingo to the property and renamed the property “Bingo Palace.”
He had a vision back in the 70s when he was a bellman and a dealer on the strip that locals wanted to do what tourists did, but just kind of away from them.
Fast forward 42 years later, and the family owns and operates 19 different properties around the city.
“This has been a real labor of love for them,” Nelson said. “It’s a real nostalgic experience for them because this is where the Station Casinos story and legacy began.”
But Nelson says no matter how big their business grows, their hearts will stay where it all started.
“Palace Station holds the most special place in my heart because of its history, because of the Fertitta family and all they’ve done in the valley,” said Nelson. “You can’t train on that, that comes from peoples’ hearts. The future is bright for Palace Station.”
That grand reopening event kicks off Saturday around 5:30 p.m. with a concert, then fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
If you’d like to learn more about the festivities go here.