January 13, 2021 Casino, Tribal, Land-Based

Virgin Hotels Las Vegas delays opening due to COVID-19


Former Hard Rock Hotel property was to be unveiled January 15 and no new date set.

JC Hospitality said the long-awaited opening of Virgin Hotels Las Vegas is being pushed back due to the “continuously evolving COVID-19 situation.”

Richard “Boz” Bosworth, president and CEO of JC Hospitality LLC, owner of the property that eventually will be reopened on the site of the former Hard Rock Hotel, made the announcement on the Virgin Hotels Las Vegas Twitter account.

Bosworth noted the resort had been scheduled to open 15 January, and said construction on the project “is on time.”

“This decision was predicated on the current conditions in the market as it pertains to the pandemic,” Bosworth wrote, adding the company was monitoring the situation “not only in Nevada, but nationwide.”

At this time, an opening date “has not been finalized,” Bosworth added, but he promised an announcement is forthcoming.

Virgin Group bought the Hard Rock Hotel in 2018. In October 2020, Virgin said Connecticut-based Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment started operating the casino at the property, making it the first tribal casino in Las Vegas.

“While the entire team of JC Hospitality is beyond excited to introduce the reimagined resort casino to locals and tourists alike, the safety and health of our guests, partners and team members continue to be our top priority,” Bosworth wrote in his tweet. “We encourage everyone to follow the guidelines put forth by public officials.”

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