Silver Legacy Casino is a 1,600-room casino & hotel property in Reno, Nevada — and COVID-19 hasn’t stopped them. They’re currently undertaking a $47 million renovation to their resort & suites, with a completion date of summer 2021.
The upgrade comes on the heels of a recent $100 million renovation of THE ROW property in 2019. The new renovation to Silver Legacy Casino will see improvements to floors 5-25, with 1,199 rooms receiving a makeover to a more ‘modern’ image for the casino. These include amethyst purple headboards, marble table tops, wall art, and premium kiln-dried hardwood furnishings.
Silver Legacy Regional President & General Manager Glenn Carano says, “We want to give guests a visit to remember when they stay with us at Silver Legacy, and part of that memorable experience includes one of the most important elements to a trip: the hotel accommodations… This significant investment in our room product will help further ensure guests receive the most comfortable, enjoyable and elevated experiences during their stay at THE ROW Reno.”
Renovations made in 2019 to THE ROW included a Top Gold Swing Suite and a Spa, plus updates to The Carnival Midway at Circus Circus — the upgrades to Silver Legacy casino will complement recent changes to THE ROW.
Casinos still on in Reno, Nevada
Despite their high rate for positive COVID-19 tests (it sits over 20%), casinos in Reno, Nevada are open at a 25% occupancy rate, and few have closed — however, there have been some sales, like Harrah’s in downtown reno, sold by Caesars to Vegas developer Beavor in 2020 for $41.5 million. The plan for the property? It’ll no longer run as a casino, but will eventually be used as a mixed-use building called Reno City Center, aimed at combating an affordable housing shortage in Reno.
Casinos from the Las Vegas strip have experienced decline in revenue, with a 32.46% decline in 2020 from previous years, while Reno (or technically, Washoe County, where Reno is located) has only seen a 3.21% dip in revenue.
Some of these dips are undoubtedly caused by capacity allowance, plus some patrons still feeling uncomfortable with the idea of heading to the casino. It will be interesting to see if a makeover will help invigorate the reno property, or perhaps, if Reno will see a resurgence in popularly we’ve yet to see from downtown Vegas or the Strip.