Silver Legacy Resort Casino

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Silver Legacy Resort Casino
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Location Reno, Nevada, U.S.
Address 407 North Virginia Street
Opening date July 28, 1995[1]
Theme Victorian – 19th century
Number of rooms 1,720[1]
Total gaming space 85,000 sq ft (7,900 m2)[1]
Permanent shows Laser Light Show
Signature attractions 120 ft Mining Rig
Notable restaurants Sterling's Seafood Steakhouse
Fairchild's Oyster Bar
Casino type Land-based
Owner MGM Resorts International and Eldorado Resorts
Renovated in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Silver Legacy Resort Casino is a hotel and casino located in Reno, Nevada, opened on July 28, 1995. It anchors a network of connected hotel-casinos in the downtown Reno core that included jointly owned properties Eldorado Hotel Casino and Circus Circus Reno. Silver Legacy is a 50/50 partnership between Eldorado Resorts and MGM Resorts International with MGM holding majority stake at 51%. Eldorado Resorts manages the property.[2]


In 1992. Don Carano, a Reno attorney and CEO/Chairman of the Eldorado Hotel Casino and Clyde Turner, CEO of Circus Circus Enterprises, joined together to design the Silver Legacy. At the time, Las Vegas was growing and overtaking Reno with larger and more lavish casino-hotels. Carano wanted to create a similar, competitive casino-resort. Its cost was projected at $230 Million. On July 22, 1993, the special use permit was approved to go ahead with the construction on land owned by Carano, two city blocks which would link the new resort with Eldorado and Circus Circus.[3]

Carano and Turner announced the official name of the resort on December 15, 1994. Following a citywide competition to name Reno's newest resort in more than a decade, the winning name "Silver Legacy" was chosen. In June 1995, the Nevada Gaming Commission approved the gaming permit for the resort. [4]

Carano's eldest son served as CEO of the property and later on, his next eldest son, Glenn, would join the executive team at the resort. Silver Legacy also made the big screen, first in "Kingpin" in 1996 starring Woody Harlson and Bill Murray showcasing the newest attractions of Reno, the Silver Legacy and the nearby National Bowling Stadium, too completed in 1995. Glenn Carano made a short appearance in the film and many scenes were shot inside the resort. Later, in 2002, Waking up in Reno starring Patrick Swayze and Natasha Richardson, was filmed inside Silver Legacy.


  1. ^ a b c "Press Room - General Information". Silver Legacy Resort Casino. Retrieved October 23, 2009. [dead link]
  2. ^ Walpole, Jeanne Lauf (1 March 2007). Insiders' Guide to Reno and Lake Tahoe. Globe Pequot. pp. 39–40. ISBN 978-0-7627-4190-8. 
  3. ^ Kling, Dwayne (August 2010). The Rise of the Biggest Little City: An Encyclopedic History of Reno Gaming, 1931-1981. Reno, NV: University of Nevada Press. pp. 18–19. ISBN 978-0-87417-829-6. 
  4. ^ Brook, James; Carlsson, Chris; Peters, Nancy J. (1 January 1998). "The Silver Legacy". Reclaiming San Francisco: History, Politics, Culture. City Lights Books. pp. 89–92. ISBN 978-0-87286-335-4. 

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Coordinates: 39°31′50″N 119°48′54″W / 39.530455°N 119.815103°W / 39.530455; -119.815103