The Westgate Las Vegas will open to much fanfare at noon Thursday when it will showcase its upgraded video screens in the SuperBook but also safety lessons heeded from watching other Las Vegas resorts open since June 4.
The Westgate is providing several designated non-smoking, mask-required table games as an option for guests, along with designated mask-required elevators.
“We decided to wait a couple of weeks to evaluate some of the best practices and get a gauge of what was going on to make sure we could put the best safety standards in place for our guests and team members,” said Gordon Prouty, vice president of public relations and community affairs for the Westgate. “What we observed at a lot of other properties is why we came up with designated non-smoking, mask-required tables where at other properties masks are optional. Guests don’t have to wear a mask in the property, but we have the designated table-game areas for people who want that extra precaution.”
That’s part of the property’s refined mantra that has gone from “Legendary Vegas Fun” to “Legendary Vegas Safe Fun,” Prouty said.
“We’re still presenting the Las Vegas experience, but doing it in what keeps their health and safety in mind,” Prouty said. “We’re optimistic we can get through it and do the best we can to keep customers safe.”
Room bookings at the Westgate are building throughout the weekend and Prouty said they’re already seeing strong demand for the Fourth of July weekend like the rest of Las Vegas resorts. They’re trying to entice business with a $30 a day resort credit that runs through August and other specials.
Located adjacent to the Las Vegas Convention Center, the Westgate, like most resorts, counts on convention visitors, especially during weekdays.
While the convention business has come to a standstill, Prouty said there are conventions slated for August and the property continues to work with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority on that. The Westgate, which has more than 225,000 square feet of meeting space, is staying in contact with large groups scheduled for the remainder of 2020.
“We want to make sure they still come as planned and reassure them of all the safety precautions we are putting in place,” Proudy said. “Everybody (in Vegas) is concerned about convention business, and we’re doing everything we can do to get it back and maintain it. We’re looking forward to getting conventions back.”
The Westgate also counts on locals to support the property as well and is located near the Las Vegas Country Club and Turnberry condo towers.
The property celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019 and this reopening after being closed for the first time in its history will be a celebration, not only on Thursday but the entire weekend, Prouty said.
The first 50 people in line receive $50 in free slot play, and there will be five times the points on all slots and video poker. It’s 11 times on Friday and Saturday. Beer and wine is $2 Thursday through Saturday.
The Westgate will hold a $2,000 slot tournament on Thursday and Thursday through Saturday there will be 50 percent off all dining. There’s even a gift giveaway of Bud Light and a pewter stein on Thursday. The I Bar will have live entertainment Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
The property will have its pool, pool bar and pool grill open. Most of the retail will be open. The spa will have nail service but no massage. The hair salon will be open.
The SuperBook has upgraded the quality of its huge video screens along with other improvments. Prouty said the improvements were planned before COVID-19 to maintain its image as the largest race and sportsbook in the world. The new screens debuted in 2015. The SuperBook bar and food court will be open.
The SuperBook will celebrate the first leg in horse racing’s Triple Crown Saturday with the Belmont Stakes, and it’s fitting the book has a statue of Man o’ War, who won the 1920 race in world record time for 1-3/8 miles, Prouty said.
There will be a lot of excitement for a big sports event like that and the 100-year anniversary of Man o’ War, he said.
“For more than 50 years, the doors of this iconic property were never closed. We are so excited to welcome back our team members and guests to celebrate this historic reopening weekend,” said Westgate President and General Manager Cami Christensen.