Red Rock Resorts has announced plans to close and demolish a casino – the Wild Wild West in Las Vegas – for the purpose of future development. This comes six weeks after it declared it would be demolishing three closed casinos across Southern Nevada.
Red Rock said the 20 acres that Wild Wild West casino occupies would be combined with an adjoining 80 acres for a project (yet to be determined). This may be linked to the Viva project, a plan to build a resort-sized development in this location, which was scrapped in the late 2000s.
Purchased by Red Rock in 1998, the Wild Wild West’s potential was never fully realized: the casino had just 164 slot machines, zero table games and a 260-room hotel, which is managed by an outside partner as a Day’s Inn.
The Wild Wild West joins a quick succession of small and/or failing casinos in Southern Nevada that have been closed by Red Rock Resorts, which are set to be demolished. Texas Station, Fiesta Ranchi and Fiesta Henderson have all been shut down since March of this year.
A week after Red Rock Resorts announced its first-stage demolishment plans in July, it signed a purchase deal for a 67-acre site at the Losee Road and the 215 Beltway in North Las Vegas. This company plans to use this land to build an integrated casino-hotel.
Red Rock is also currently building the $750m Durango Station in southwestern Las Vegas near the 215 Beltway on a site the company has owned for 20 years.
Red Rock Chairman Lorenzo Fertitta commented on its development plans, saying they were: “consistent with the strategy we've had for a long time,” He also remarked: “Development parcels of this caliber are simply not available in Las Vegas any longer,” referring to the new combined venue that will be built once the Wild Wild West casino is destroyed.