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     This page was updated 2/27/09  

 updated 1/2/07

 

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Boyd's Vegas

Boyd Gaming is a big player in the Las Vegas Valley.  Boyd owns The Stardust (soon to be Echelon ) Samstown, Orleans, Main Street Station, California, Eldorado, Fremont, Jokers Wild, and two Coast properties; Gold Coast and Sun Coast.  Boyd also owns casinos in several other states.

Boyd has big plans for the near future including the ambitious
$4-billion Echelon (replacing the Stardust) and a newly announced Park Highlands Casino/Resort/Spa in North Las Vegas.

This page will explore all of Boyd's new projects.

When a new Boyd project gets closer to construction, VegasTodayAndTomorrow will add a page dedicated to it.

 

 

 
Boyd Gaming News & Views


News
   4/13/09   Boyd may acquire Station Casinos

It seems that Boyd Gaming offered $950-million to acquire Station Casinos assets. This would give Boyd everything except Red Rock Resort and the Palace, Boulder and Sunset Stations. Boyd is also interested in purchasing those four exceptions as well. 

You see, Boyd is cash-fat as they still have the $2 billion in liquidity for the stalled Echelon, which would be canceled and sold (probably to Wynn - wouldn't that be a kick)?

Boyd was planning to build a new resort near and (competing with) Aliante Station. With this acquisition, those plans are unneeded.

This would make Boyd the 'Locals King', with roughly 1/3 of the locals properties and nothing on the Strip. Boyd knows the locals market will most likely recover from this economy crap before the Strip recovers. This would also save Station from their eminent bankruptcy. 

Nothing was said about the large parcel Station acquired for their Viva Vegas project on the Wild Wild West site.

Read more and Join the discussion on the blog
 


Gold Coast

4/22/08   Gold Coast is Getting New Rooms (and nice ones at that)

Boyd's Gold Coast is known for being a great value and for having smallish rooms with motel-like furnishings. Well, those days will soon be over when they present their new rooms in June 2008. The project (which is being done in two phases) is a complete renovation of the existing rooms.

The biggest challenge was the tiny, split bathrooms. They are removing the wall which separates the wee, tub/toilet area from the open sink/closet area, and installing a cool sliding-door to close off the whole thing. This is a huge improvement and allows more privacy when sharing a room. The plastic (skin-graft-tan) "Jetsons-Space-Pod" tubs are being replaced with marble and glass shower stalls (welcome to the real 21st century).

The furnishings and carpet are going from "Motel 6" to "Modern Chic". A large armoire relieves the bathroom for closet-duty.

The photos (below) show the new room and the old room for comparison.

       

                                                   
 

 


News
   4/13/08   Boyd Announces Plans for a New North Las Vegas Casino

Boyd announced that they are planning a new casino-resort in the Park Highlands development in North Las Vegas and scraping the plans for the previously proposed casino in the northeast corner of North Las Vegas.  The Park Highlands Casino/Resort/Spa will be about three miles east of the Aliante Station Resort which is being built by Station Casinos (Boyd's biggest competitor).

The northwest corner of North Las Vegas is
one of the fastest-growing areas in the Las Vegas Valley, which is the main reason for the change.

For this project, Boyd Gaming will partner with Olympia Group (developers of the Southern Highlands development).

The 66-acre project will include 1,200 rooms (built in three phases), a spa, restaurants, retail and a host of other entertainment features.

Boys expects to break ground in three to five years (after the area is more built-out).

Read the Press Release here    
 

 



News
   6/19/07   Echelon Breaks Ground - Visit our Echelon page for photos, renderings and details

 

 

News - Harrah's Gets Barbary Coast - Boyd Gets Room for Expansion of Echelon

10/02/06  
Harrah's Entertainment and Boyd Gaming finally agreed on the  trade of the former Westward Ho and adjacent property for the Barbary Coast. In the real world, trading a 4.3 acre lot for a 24 acre lot 1.5 miles away, doesn't seem like a good deal but Vegas is not the real world. This agreement will be consummated in the first quarter on 2007.

This deal makes the most sense for both players. It gives Boyd 24 acres which are adjacent to the 63 acre Stardust and Budget Suites sites (which are being redeveloped into the $4 billion Echelon) for a whopping 87 contiguous acres. According to an undisclosed official at Boyd Gaming, the plans for Echelon will not be altered by the newly acquired property. That property will be developed as Phase II after Echelon is completed and used for staging during the construction of Echelon Place.

It gives Harrah's control of three corners of the hottest intersection in Vegas and the ability to move ahead with a more "lofty" master-plan.

 

 


10/31/06   Stardust's Last Night

It is with a lump in my throat that I bid farewell to my favorite classic lady on the strip. After 48 continuous years of operation, the Stardust closes her doors forever to make room for Echelon.  The Stardust has a long and sordid history in Las Vegas.

The movie Casino (which was based on a true story) was about the Stardust (called the Tangiers in the film) and Frank "Lefty" Rosenthal (renamed  Sam "Ace" Rothstein in the film). Although the Riviera was used for the interior shots and the (now long gone) Landmark Hotel was used for the Porte Cochere shots, the Stardust was the true star of the film and was a hotbed of syndicate dealings in those early days.

After all the riffraff was gone and Boyd bought the hotel, the Stardust cleaned up her act and remained a well maintained, wonderfully staffed resort.

Boyd will now ready the Stardust for her impending implosion which is projected for March 2007, to make room for Echelon.

Click here for many images and history on our Remembering Stardust page. 
 

 



Boyd Sells South Coast Resort

10/24/06   Boyd Gaming sold the new South Coast Hotel, Casino and Spa to Michael Gaughan. Boyd owns all the Coast properties and will take the Coast name with them. Gaughan has changed the name of the resort to South Point, which went into effect on 10/24/06.

Michael Gaughan was a former owner of the Coast hotel chain which Boyd purchased from him in 2004. Gaughan was unhappy under the thumb of Boyd's corporate structure and Boyd was unhappy with the performance of South Coast's first year of operation. Gaughan traded his equity in Boyd Gaming for the new South Coast resort.
 

 
      Boyd Buys Site for a Resort in North Las Vegas

2/11/06    Boyd Gaming Corp. will pay $35 million for a 40-acre site zoned for casino development in the rapidly growing city of North Las Vegas.

The Las Vegas-based company said it expects to begin work on the site next year to build what it called a full-service casino hotel. Plans have not been finalized.


 
 
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