South Coast to tap
growing southern valley

May 4, 2004 7:28 AM

Coast Casinos last week unveiled plans for its new South Coast Hotel & Casino, which will rise on 60 acres at the corner of Las Vegas Blvd. and Silverado Ranch Blvd.

The new $350 million resort casino represents the most majestic property that Coast has so far undertaken. Coast’s past projects include the Barbary Coast, Gold Coast, The Orleans and Suncoast hotels.

The new South Coast, which gives the company founded by Michael Gaughan a foothold in the burgeoning southern Las Vegas Valley, will draw customers from three nearby master-planned communities — Anthem, Southern Highlands and Silverado Ranch — as well as drive-in tourists along I-15.

"We are extremely excited to be developing a new hotel in the expanding southern part of the Las Vegas Valley," Gaughan said. "The South Coast will act as a gateway for millions of visitors traveling from California and hopefully it will become a favorite among locals as well."

Gaughan added that his son, Michael Gaughan Jr., will serve as the hotel’s vice president and general manager. The property is scheduled to open in fall 2005.

Like its latest ventures, such as Suncoast in Summerlin, South Coast will feature a full plate of amenities beyond its 80,000-square-foot casino. They will include a 64-lane bowling center, 16-screen movie complex, 600-seat bingo parlor, 150,000-square-foot convention center, nine restaurants, 600-seat nightclub/showroom, childcare facility, landscaped pool area, outdoor activity area with volleyball court and a one-of-a-kind equestrian center.

The equestrian center will include a 4,400-seat arena and 1,200 climate-controlled horse stalls, and will host world-class equestrian events.

"Our goal was to create a facility that encompasses the competitive spirit of the equestrian lifestyle, and I think we’ve done that," said Tim Lanier, general manager of the equestrian center. "You won’t find finer show facilities on this large scale anywhere in the country."

The resort’s 660 guest rooms will also be a cut above those offered in earlier properties. Each room will feature upscale amenities such as plasma screen TV’s and high-speed Internet connections, and the décor will reflect a Southern California influence. The top floor of the hotel will contain all suites, with sizes ranging from 900 to 2,500 square feet.

The South Coast’s restaurants will follow the recipe of success at other Coast casinos. There will be an upscale steak houses, similar to Barbary’s Michael’s and Suncoast’s Primo’s, a Mexican restaurant that will be a "sister" to the very popular Senor Miguel’s at the Suncoast, an Italian and seafood restaurant, oyster bar and action buffet (with six live cooking stations), to name a few.

Bill Boyd, chairman of Boyd Gaming, which is currently merging with Coast Casinos, believes the new South Coast will be a "great addition to our combined 18 properties."

"This will be an exciting development with a variety of entertainment offerings," Boyd said. "Michael Gaughan and his management team are well established leaders in the Las Vegas locals market and the South Coast will help solidify that position."