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Tropicana Las Vegas closes after 67 years on the Strip

Richard N. Velotta and McKenna Ross, Las Vegas Review-Journal on

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That’s the plan.

After the official locking-of-the-doors ceremony with Bally’s executives at 1 p.m., construction workers were expected to start building a 10-foot wall around the property and begin tearing the building down.

A full demolition is planned later this year, prior to the construction of a $1.5 billion, 33,000-seat stadium for the relocating Oakland Athletics.

Financing details for the stadium have yet to be formally announced, except for a $380 million public contribution approved by the Nevada Legislature. Stadium renderings have been released, and Las Vegas Stadium Authority Chairman Steve Hill is confident the Athletics will deliver on the financing and play Major League Baseball on the Strip beginning in 2028.

As the last of the casino players filed out of the building, security officials posted themselves at the remaining unlocked doors. They spent the last morning of the hotel’s operations letting in guests who wanted to take one last walk around — including Elvis impersonator Jeff Stanulis. Dressed in the King’s red jumpsuit and frequently stopped for selfies, he came in before officiating a wedding on the Strip and sneaked further into the property to get a last look at the pool deck.


“I did some weddings and events here, but even more so, my mom loved to stay here,” Stanulis, whose mother died two months ago, said. “I have some really nice pictures of her at the swim-up blackjack. She loved the balcony suites that overlooked the pool. It was really nice to have memories here.”

Kansas City residents Sally and Hiram Jones visited the Tropicana at around 9:30 a.m. In town for a trade show, they heard about the Trop’s closure and wanted to take part in — and a part of — its history.

“There were some machines that were taken out already and there were scraps of washers and screws. I thought about taking that,” Jones said with a laugh. “I saw a bell hop pushing a cart of towels and thought, ‘Where are you going? Can I have a Tropicana towel?’”


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