Jun 18, 2001 7:38 PM

The Stratosphere Casino Hotel and Tower will add 1,000 rooms to Las Vegas when its new 24-story hotel tower opens June 29.

The expansion marks a major comeback for the resort, which struggled from its 1996 opening and wound up in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, where financier Carl Icahn acquired it in 1998.

The expansion will double the size of the resort, located on Las Vegas Boulevard just north of Sahara Avenue. The Stratosphere currently offers 1,444 rooms.

Included in the new construction is a 67,000-square-foot pool and recreation deck with a spa, a new lobby and coffee shop. A 3,750-seat amphitheater is scheduled to open in the fall.

Cost of the project is tagged at $75 million.