Located off-Strip, Palace Station Hotel & Casino will soon debut a 220,000 sq ft expansion, the result of a $192 million investment and nearly a year of construction work. The massive overhaul increases the original footprint of the former, 5,000-square-foot casino named, The Casino, which was opened in 1976 by Frank Fertitta, Jr., founder of Station Casinos LLC, by 44 times.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that next week, a new section that includes casino space will open on the property’s eastern end and will increase the site’s slot count by 500, bringing the total to 1,800 including video poker machines. The new casino space will also reportedly increase the table count to 43.
On Wednesday, Vice president and GM of the West Sahara Avenue property, Scott Nelson, led a tour of the new space, which includes a Regal Entertainment Group nine-screen movie theater and four new dining establishments.
In an August 2017, earnings call for Red Rock Resorts Inc. (RRR), parent company of Station Casinos LLC, company executives announced plans that would see new improvements that would also include a casino bar, a new restaurant, renovated poker room and race and sports book. The previous year, company officials announced that the train theme at the Palace Station was to be replaced with a more contemporary look, one that is similar to that of its Green Valley Ranch and Red Rock Resort properties.
At the time, the company said that a portion of the expansion had already been completed and included a new exterior façade, two new restaurants, state-of-the-art buffet and food court, two new bars, casino valet, porte-cochere, better parking and access at Palace and a new bingo room.
According to the news agency, other recent openings include daybeds and cabanas at a new resort-style pool complete with raised bar, event lawn and dining area.
In 2016, renovations to hotel rooms began and continue, and by football season this year, renovations to the race and sports book will reportedly be completed, while a new look poker room will be good to go later this summer.
Erected in 1983, workers began the process of dismantling the property’s massive, 126-foot-tall train-themed marquee sign during the latter part of April this year. The building is now outfitted with a pair of 80-foot-wide LED video screens.
The Summerlin, Nevada-based Station Casinos is also reportedly investing $146 million in the Palms Casino Resort, which Station finalized the acquisition of in October 2016 after receiving unanimous approval from the Nevada Gaming Control Board the month prior. Included in the Palms’ investment is an upgrade to movie theaters, two restaurants, a rooftop ultra-lounge, renovated meeting and convention space, new hotel registrations and VIP check-in areas as well as other projects. The company reportedly expects those projects to be completed by the second quarter of 2018.