Famous Las Vegas Hotel to be Demolished
The Tropicana is the latest iconic hotel to fall foul in the name of progress
Tropicana Marked for Demolition
In Las Vegas, where space on the strip is a hot commodity, many iconic casinos have been replaced with newer projects.
Over the years, several well-known properties on the Las Vegas Strip, such as The Dunes, the Landmark, the Sands, Hacienda, and Aladdin, have been demolished to make way for new developments.
Some casinos have been quietly retired and changed ownership, while others met a more spectacular demise through implosion.
One casino that has stood the test of time is the Tropicana. The Tropicana has been a fixture on the Strip since the 1950s and is a beloved reminder of Las Vegas's history.
However, the Tropicana's days are numbered.
Bally's Corp. has the operating rights to the 35-acre site, and they have struck a surprise deal with the Oakland Athletics to build a $1.5 billion, 30,000-seat ballpark for the baseball team.
The A's initially had a deal with Red Rock Resorts for an off-Strip stadium, but they have since changed their plans.
The new site is located on the Strip, surrounded by Caesars and MGM properties, and the A's are now seeking $395 million in public funds to build the stadium.
If the public money is approved, the A's plan to build a stadium with a retractable dome.
The stadium's limited seating would make the A's a hot ticket and could drive up prices, particularly when popular teams like the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox are in town.
For the Tropicana, the deal with the A's marks the end of an era. Bally's had previously acquired operating rights to the property, but little had changed aside from updates to the loyalty program.
Bally's President George Papanier had previously stated that the company intended to use the Tropicana as its western flagship property.
However, with the new deal in place, the Tropicana will be demolished to make way for the new stadium, leaving Bally's with the rights to build a new resort casino on the remaining space.
In summary, Las Vegas has a long history of iconic casinos being replaced with new developments, and the Tropicana is the latest casualty.
The Oakland Athletics' new stadium will take its place, marking the end of an era for the beloved casino. However, the limited seating of the new stadium is expected to make A's games a hot ticket, which could bring a new level of excitement to the Strip.