Main Street Station Finally Reopens, Casino Shut Over 500 Days

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Main Street Station in downtown Las Vegas will welcome back visitors for the first time since March 2020. The casino resort owned and run by Boyd Gaming is finally unveiling plans to reopen the facility.

The Victorian-themed hotel and casino will reopen its doors on September 8 at 6:00 am, almost 18 months after its shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are happy to announce the reopening of Main Street Station and to welcome back our team members and visitors who have been eagerly awaiting our return,” said Boyd Gaming official operations vice president, Steve Thompson. “We are counting the days until September 8, when Boyd Gaming’s complete trifecta of Downtown Las Vegas properties. California hotel, Fremont, and Main Street Station will once again be fully opened and ready to welcome our guests.”

Boyd officials have previously said demand would determine the timeline for its yet-to-resume facilities, Eastside Cannery and Main Street. In his statement on Monday, spokesman David Strow stated that the time has come for Main Street, as Boyd has been busy running at the neighboring California and Fremont resorts.

David further added that, in general, the decision to reopen Main Street was made based on the demand rather than a specific client base.

Boyd Gaming shut the casino on March 17, 2020, after Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak’s (D) directives. The governor’s initial statement called for all casinos in the state to put off operation for 30 days. Sisolak, however, extended the required gaming closure for more than two months, at last allowing sports betting to recommence on June 4, 2020.

Confused Between Online and Land Based Casino

Main Street Station in downtown Las Vegas will welcome back visitors for the first time since March 2020. The casino resort owned and run by Boyd Gaming is finally unveiling plans to reopen the facility.

Main Street shutdown

Boyd Gaming mainly servers the Las Vegas Locals’ market. Its facilities, including Sam’s Town, Orleans, and the Gold Coast, redo from the Strip’s glitz and high-tables.

Downtown, however, Boyd depends a little more on foreign visitors than on the other parts of Las Vegas Valley. Main Street Station is one of Boyd Gaming’s three central Las Vegas facilities, while others include the Fremont Hotel & Casino and California Hotel & Casino. California joins Main Street through a pedestrian bridge that crosses Main Street.

California resumed on June 4, 2020. At that time, Keith Smith, Boyd Gaming CEO, said that 19 of the firm’s 29 casinos were unlocked.

In a statement, Smith said:

“We are optimistic that we will be able to reopen most of our remaining facilities before the end of June 2020.”

COVID-19, of course, was not at all moving towards being a thing of the past. According to Smith’s initial target, Main Street’s actual opening will be more than a year or summer.

Hawaii Demographics

California features a Hawaiian-fancy décor. California is bigger than Main Street, with almost 800 lounges and a casino floor covering nearly 85,000 square feet. Hawaii highly regulated incoming and outgoing travel during much of the pandemic. Consequently, Boyd decided to keep Main Street closed since the Cal was not fully occupied.

After July 8, visitors to Hawaii had to avoid the state’s required 14-day quarantine upon arrival by giving vaccination proof. The requirement applies to Hawaii residents coming back after touring the islands. The reopening of Main Street is an indicator that Boyd Gaming officials believe traffic from Hawaii is restoring and will continue to rise.

This year, visitors total to Las Vegas have constantly increased each month. In June, the number of guests who toured to Southern Nevada totaled about 13.5 million people. However, that is a 36% decrease compared to pre-pandemic June 2019 and a 39% increase from June 2020.

The great news is that the average number of vehicles that drove across I-15 in June at the Nevada and California border was 10% up compared to June 2019.