Final days for Tropicana Las Vegas

News Team 3 weeks ago
Final days for Tropicana Las Vegas

The Tropicana Las Vegas, an iconic hotel and casino on the Las Vegas strip, is counting down its final days.

Bally’s Corporation, the owner of the property, has announced that the resort will cease operations on 2 April, just shy of its 67th anniversary. The sound of slot machines, a familiar tune to the patrons of the casino, will soon be replaced by the noise of demolition crews making way for a new professional baseball stadium.

Making way for new era

The decision to close the Tropicana was made public on Monday, as reported by FOX 5 Las Vegas. However, the history and nostalgia associated with the Tropicana may not be completely lost. A press release obtained by the local station reveals plans for a “state-of-the-art integrated resort and ballpark” to replace the existing structure.

George Papanier, President of Bally’s, expressed his excitement about this new chapter. “We are honored to be a key partner with the Athletics on bringing a Major League ballpark to the great city of Las Vegas,” he said.

The closure of the Tropicana will impact about 500 workers, most of whom are part of the Culinary Union. Workers who remain until the last day of operations will receive a severance package that includes $2,000 per service year and six months of free health care. Those who opt not to take the severance package will receive up to $15,000 and an opportunity to work at the new property.

Despite being owned by Bally’s, the Tropicana is operated as a DoubleTree by Hilton. A Hilton spokesperson said in a statement to Fox Business, “The DoubleTree by Hilton Tropicana has been a great property in our portfolio but we are always excited by something new in Las Vegas and look forward to what this development will do for tourism and growth across the city.”

A look back at the iconic Tropicana Las Vegas

The Tropicana opened its doors on April 4, 1957. At the time, it was the most expensive casino ever built in Las Vegas, costing $15 million. Over the years, the Tropicana has been a high-end property frequented by many major stars, according to Lorenzo Doumani, a local real estate developer and CEO of Majestic Resorts. His father, Edward Doumani, and uncle Fred Doumani, were previous owners of the Tropicana.

As the sun sets on this iconic hotel, the city of Las Vegas prepares for a new dawn with the upcoming integrated resort and ballpark. The legacy of the Tropicana will undoubtedly be remembered as the city continues to evolve and grow.

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