Suncoast renovation will keep property ‘relevant in the market,’ official says


Courtesy of Boyd Gaming

An artist rendering of the main dining room in the William B’s steakhouse at the Suncoast. Boyd Gaming executives announced a major, multi-year renovation to the property during a new conference at the Suncoast Tuesday, March 19, 2024. Courtesy of Boyd Gaming

Wed, Mar 20, 2024 (2 a.m.)

The Suncoast is getting a massive makeover nearly 25 years after the Las Vegas resort first opened its doors.

The Boyd Gaming property in Summerlin unveiled renderings Tuesday for a slew of new and revamped amenities, from additional meeting and banquet space to a new, bigger and better bingo room for guests.

“Virtually every inch of the property is being touched and refreshed during this process, leaving us with a brand new, refreshed facility,” said Steve Schutte, executive vice president of operations for Boyd. “We look forward to creating this new experience for our guests … And when we’re done, we will begin the next chapter in the Suncoast’s great history, as we enhance it and modernize the experience of our friends and neighbors in the Summerlin and northwest area.”

The “all-new” Suncoast renovation got underway last year, Schutte said, with the debut of the resort’s new high-limit gaming area and its latest eatery, William B’s Steakhouse. They are still determining the final cost of the upgrades, officials said.

Both spaces, with their bright lights and luxe vibe, are an example of what’s to come with the refresh of the rest of the resort, officials said during a tour of the casino floor, where guests could be seen playing the slots or checking into their rooms.

Construction, which officials noted is set to happen in phases to minimize disruption to guests, will begin first on the resort’s new sportsbook. The latter will replace the space currently occupied by the Suncoast showroom, located just off the casino floor, and will be one of the most “state-of-the-art” sportsbooks in the city, Schutte said.

“It’s definitely a more interactive experience,” he told members of the media Tuesday. “It’s multi-level. So it’s not your traditional sportsbook … it’s theater style seating, it’s couches — social areas where people can enjoy the game.”

The existing sportsbook, located on the opposite end of the casino, will be replaced by the new and improved bingo room, making the popular daily games much more accessible to guests near the parking garage on the first floor, than it is in its current location on the second floor.

Moving the bingo room downstairs will also open up additional space on the second floor for meetings and conventions, officials said.

“Bingo continues to be a big draw for us here at the Suncoast,” Schutte said. “We’ve had a long history of a successful bingo room that’s quite popular and that popularity is not waning. And this just makes better use of our casino space.”

Other changes include a refresh of the Suncoast’s bowling center and its front-desk area, as well as the addition of a new food hall and a grand, 70-seat center bar on the casino floor, which Schutte said will be the “centerpiece” of the casino’s new look.

Nevada Assemblywoman Shannon Bilbray-Axelrod, D-Las Vegas, who was at the property for the announcement of the renovation plans, said the neighborhood needs places like the Suncoast, and that it makes sense for the property to modernize and stay competitive.

The center bar looks “amazing,” she emphasized.

“I think it’s really going to refresh and really excite young people,” Bilbray-Axelrold told the Sun. “(And be a) boost for our economy.”

Nearly everything at the Suncoast will be new on the completion of this project, Schutte said — down to altering the resort’s color palette, adding a stone walkway throughout the gaming floor and even redoing the property’s ventilation system.

“Suncoast continues to be a very popular casino for us here,” he said, noting the entire project is estimated to last a couple of years. “It does extremely well. This is all about, as we do with many of our properties, keeping them fresh and relevant in the market — making sure we continue to reinvest in our properties and make sure our guests are having a great time and great experience.”

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