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Station Casinos To Unveil New Durango Casino In Las Vegas This November

Company Hopes To Double Its Size In Southern Nevada In Expansion Plan Effort


Durango Casino Nears CompletionStation Casinos is betting big in Las Vegas and the opening of the new Durango Casino Resort in November is expected to be just the beginning of some major expansion plans for the years to come.

The new property continues the company’s plans to grow considerably in southern Nevada and doubling its current size in the region by 2030. Durango offers a significant investment in making that happen and helps build on growth the company has already experienced in recent years.

Station Casinos “saw a three percent year-over-year increase in revenue from its southern Nevada casinos, bringing in $1.65 billion last year,” the Nevada Independent noted.

A Look At The Durango

Station operates Red Rock in Summerlin and Green Valley Ranch in Henderson along with the popular Station-branded properties (Palace Station, Boulder Station, and more). The Durango, located near the Rhodes Ranch community in southwest Las Vegas, now becomes the company’s first new full-scale casino since 2008.

Visitors can expect a 209-room hotel, 83,000 square feet of gaming space, a sportsbook, and several restaurants and bars. Design features include stone floors and walls and plenty of natural light.

Unfortunately, the property’s website doesn’t mention a poker room as part of those plans.

“Southern California cool. I’ve heard Palm Springs-esque,” the property’s Vice President and general manager David Horn told Travel Weekly about the vibe of the new property. “I’ve heard desert blend. To me, it’s warm … and, yes, it is desert-centric.

“(It’s) going to be like nothing else that the city has seen,” Horn said. “It’s going to be very exciting. That’s a very key energy point for us in the building.”

A Growing Footprint

The Durango could be just the tip of the iceberg for the company in southern Nevada. Beyond unveiling larger casino properties, the company also has a second strategy of launching smaller Las Vegas casinos.

The Wildfire Fremont Casino is an example of that and opened in February near downtown Vegas. The 21,000-square-foot casino is located east of the Fremont Street Experience and features a small footprint with 200 slots, a bar, an International House of Pancakes, a taqueria, and a sportsbook. The property is Station’s seventh casino without a hotel.

“They’re a little bit more local in their radius of customer catchment,” CEO Frank Fertitta III said about these smaller properties during a February company conference call. “They’re a little more convenient getting in and out, and they offer a little bit more of a personalized service than our big box operations.”

Fertitta said these types of properties cater not only to locals, but also gamblers looking to get off the Strip. Both casino sizes allow Station to reach two different markets as company officials hope to reach some of those expansion goals.

*Photo by Station Casinos