Orleans to expand

Dec 9, 2003 8:41 AM

Apparently, one expansion for The Orleans hotel-casino wasn’t enough as Coast Casinos has announced a second one at its West Tropicana property.

The $100 million expansion will include a 21-story tower (the property’s third) that will add 460 guest rooms to the existing 1,426 rooms, bringing the total to 1,886.

The expansion is expected to be completed in the final quarter of 2004.

Increasing demand from the casino-going public and a brightening in the economy persuaded Coast officials to proceed with the expansion, according to Orleans General Manager Horst Dziura.

Dziura said The Orleans currently operates at more than 90 percent occupancy, and that there was enough pent-up demand to keep the levels relatively high with the additional rooms.

He added that the casino, which is already one of the city’s largest at 135,000 square feet, would most likely remain unchanged. The Orleans casino currently has 2,970 slots and 66 table games.

The expansion project is expected to begin in the spring of 2004 and open the following winter.

Architect for the project is Klai Juba, and Tiberti is the general contractor.

The Orleans opened in 1996 and since then has had several expansions. In addition to a second tower with 586 rooms, The Orleans most recently added a first-class 9,000-seat arena that is home to various events, including concerts, stage shows and sporting events. It is also the home of the Las Vegas Wranglers hockey franchise.

Coast Casinos is also preparing to move forward with its plans to build another hotel-casino at the south end of the Strip, appropriately called South Coast.

The $325 million, 750-room resort will be built on 60 acres of land and feature a 100,000-square-foot casino, restaurants, showroom/nightclub, bowling alley, movie theaters, bingo parlor and 150,000 to 200,000-square-feet of convention and meeting space.

No timetable has been set for the South Coast project.