Horizon Casino Resort
|Horizon Casino Resort|
|Address||50 Hwy 50
Stateline, NV 89449
|Closing date||April 1, 2014|
|No. of rooms||539|
|Total gaming space||42,000 sq ft (3,900 m2)|
|Signature attractions||Horizon Stadium Cinemas|
|Owner||NevaOne LLC / Park Companies
|Previous names||Sahara Tahoe
Del Webb's High Sierra
|Website||http://www.horizoncasino.com/index.php Lake Tahoe Horizon Casino|
Horizon Casino Resort was a resort casino in Stateline, Nevada. Formerly the Sahara Tahoe and High Sierra Resorts, it was one of five major casino hotels in Stateline. It closed on April 1, 2014 to begin a $60 Million renovation and rebranding to become the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe.
The property opened as Del Webb's Sahara Tahoe in 1965. Elvis Presley performed here from 1971-1976, and his suite was available for guests to book. In 1983 the hotel was given a Western theme and re-branded Del Webb's High Sierra Hotel, and in 1985 hosted the companies who defined the High Sierra Format, the basis for how computers access CD-ROMs today. In 1990 it was sold to Columbia Sussex, which re-branded the hotel again as the Horizon Casino. As of 2005 Columbia Sussex (leaseholder) is in a contract dispute with Park Cattle Company, the landowners of the Horizon Casino and the MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa (formerly Caesars Tahoe), which Columbia Sussex acquired from Harrah's Entertainment.
On May 5, 2009 Tropicana Entertainment announced that it had assigned the lease, operation and management of the Horizon Casino Resort to Lake Tahoe Realty I, LLC. an affiliate of Columbia Sussex Corporation, under the terms for the assignment of the Horizon lease stipulate continuous operation of nonrestricted gaming at the Horizon Casino.
In March 2014, it was announced that Lake Tahoe Realty's lease to operate the hotel/casino expired on March 31, 2014 and was not renewed. The Park Companies took over the property under an LLC known as "NevaOne" and closed the property on April 1, 2014 to begin an intense $40 Million top to bottom makeover and rebranding to become "Park Tahoe Casino Resort" it is expected to be reopened by the end of 2014. NevaOne has contracted with Las Vegas based Warner Gaming to operate the new Park Tahoe when it opens. They operate Hard Rock Las Vegas and have built and run hotel/casinos across the country, Park Tahoe will be their first in Northern Nevada. The Park Tahoe brand is not new for Tahoe, just across the street, current MontBleu Resort and Casino opened as Park Tahoe in 1978.
In July 2014, the Park family announced that the former Horizon Casino would be rebranded as the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe, to open by the end of 2014 after extensive renovations.