Suncoast Hotel and Casino
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|Location||Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.|
|Address||9090 West Alta Drive|
|Opening date||September 12, 2000|
|Number of rooms||432|
|Total gaming space||82,000 sq ft (7,600 m2)|
|Notable restaurants||SC Prime Steakhouse and Bar|
|Renovated in||2001, 2003|
Suncoast is a hotel and casino located in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is owned and operated by Boyd Gaming. The hotel, located on a 50 acres (20 ha) site, contains 432 rooms and has an 82,000-square-foot (7,600 m2) casino (with over 2000 slot machines) as well as a Century group movie theatre, bowling alley and conference room / meeting space.
It is sometimes listed as being in Summerlin, but it is actually located next to Summerlin. When it was built, the tower was the tallest structure on the west side of the Las Vegas Valley.
In July 1998, a $145-million dollar project, the Sundance, was announced. The project would be built on 50 acres at the northwest corner of Rampart Boulevard and Alta Drive, with construction expected to begin in early 1999. In February 1999, the project's name was changed to Suncoast, due to a copyright issue with the Sundance Film Festival. Construction began in June 1999. It was built by Michael Gaughan's Coast Resorts, hence the Suncoast moniker (Coast was purchased by Boyd Gaming in 2004).
Suncoast officials began interviewing potential employees in early June 2000. Many applicants had worked at the Desert Inn, which was preparing to close later that year. In late August 2000, the Suncoast had less than 50 remaining job positions to fill, out of a total of 1,800. An opening date of September 1, 2000, was initially targeted, but was pushed back 11 days due to construction delays and building inspections, thus postponing employee training. The project was built at a cost of $185 million.
The Suncoast opened on September 12, 2000, with a five-minute, $75,000 fireworks show. At the time, it was expected that as many as 90% of the property's customers would be local Las Vegas residents rather than out of town tourists. Johnny Johnson, Gaughan's college friend at the University of San Francisco, attended the grand opening ceremony and booked the first room in the hotel. More than 2,100 of the Suncoast's slot machines, approximately 96 percent, were coin-free, with only 200 regular slot machines. The Suncoast and the Fiesta were the first major resorts in Nevada to utilize the concept of coinless slot machines, with the Suncoast being the largest to test the new technology. Century Theatres opened its multiplex, located inside the casino, on September 15, 2000. That same day, the Suncoast's 460-seat showroom hosted its first concert performance: Air Supply.
In 2008, Primo's Steakhouse was changed to SC Prime Steakhouse and Bar.
The casino has hosted many events for the Las Vegas-based wrestling promotion ECWA including InterAction 7, Summer Bash 13, Black X-Mas 9, and ExtremeTV.
In 2015, The Suncoast became the official home to the Artisan Craft Festival, the #1 rated Las Vegas Arts and Crafts Fair. The event is held 4-6 times a year in the Grand Ballroom.
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