1. Welcome to VegasMessageBoard
    It appears you are visiting our community as a guest.
    In order to view full-size images, participate in discussions, vote in polls, etc, you will need to Log in or Register.

Demolition of Riviera Las Vegas Begins

Discussion in 'Casino Industry & Development' started by Blonde_4_ever, Apr 24, 2016.

  1. Blonde_4_ever

    Blonde_4_ever "The Welfare Queen of Windsor"

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2006
    Messages:
    1,806
    Location:
    Ontario
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    35
  2. MikeOPensacola

    MikeOPensacola VIP Whale

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2012
    Messages:
    2,958
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    55
    I'll definitely miss their great neon.
     
    Annual Summer Bliss in the Land of Milk and Honey!!!
  3. Marky147

    Marky147 High-Roller

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2009
    Messages:
    995
    Location:
    England
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    9
    Joe Rogan had Steven Schirripa on his latest podcast.

    I only became aware of him through The Sopranos, but it was very interesting to hear his history, and that he used to manage the comedy at the Riviera, among other jobs in Vegas.

    He was there from back when Joe Pesci's character from Casino was in town, so I bet he has some superb stories.
     
    Double digits!
  4. Fpsphil

    Fpsphil Tourist

    Joined:
    Apr 7, 2015
    Messages:
    11
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    15
  5. chitownjohn

    chitownjohn High-Roller

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2010
    Messages:
    659
    Location:
    Chicago
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    30
  6. tatterdema

    tatterdema VIP Whale

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2001
    Messages:
    1,311
    Location:
    Seattle WA
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    60
    I had my alarm set, but was too lazy to get up.
     
  7. bdautch

    bdautch High-Roller

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2013
    Messages:
    511
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    24
    When I was 23, I picked up a conventioneer around twice my age in the lounge there. I'd have preferred two 23 year olds to one 46 year old, but Vegas giveth and Vegas taketh away.
     
  8. ardee

    ardee VIP Whale

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2007
    Messages:
    2,411
    Location:
    SoCal
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    88
    Goodbye old friend.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  9. dmr

    dmr Registered Abuser

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2011
    Messages:
    4,645
    Location:
    Somewhere in Middle America
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    70
    My first solo trip to LV was at the Riviera. I was attending a conference at LVCC and stayed at the Riv. This was, coincidentally, during the rodeo finals and there were all kinds of cowboy types there. I was at first a bit concerned but these were the nicest guys, the type who would hold the door for you and tip their cowboy hat and such. They had CW music on the sound system and you would occasionally hear a "Yee-Haw" from the crap table area!

    (Shameless plug) If you want to see some shots of the Riviera shortly before it closed, surf here: http://omababe.blogspot.com/2015/04/bibi-riv.html
     
  10. Rooster0620

    Rooster0620 Low-Roller

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2015
    Messages:
    122
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    10
    [​IMG]

    *pours out a 40 to honor a dead homie*
     
  11. TrueblueAl

    TrueblueAl Tourist

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2013
    Messages:
    48
    Location:
    Scotland
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    1
    Just in process of planning my 2nd Vegas holiday next year and seen the riviera was no more. We enjoyed the comedy club there last time. I felt the riviera was the casino that kept Circus Circus and the Stratosphere in touch with the rest of the strip and with the riviera gone they will seem even more isolated.
     
    Vegas Honeymoon
  12. Grid

    Grid VIP Whale

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2011
    Messages:
    1,478
    Location:
    Chicago
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    31
    Funny you say that. I would walk from the Strat, through SLS and end up at Circus and Slots-O-Fun. All the while completely ignoring the Riv. I knew it was there, just had no interest in walking in to play.
     
  13. TrueblueAl

    TrueblueAl Tourist

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2013
    Messages:
    48
    Location:
    Scotland
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    1
    I suppose that might have been the general consensus and that's why it's away. Also remember we got free tix to a couple of downtown comedy shows by an employee of the riv for no real reason other than a nice chat.
    What are the plans for the site now? I take it that fountainblue hotel is still unfinished at that end of the strip.
     
    Vegas Honeymoon
  14. Grid

    Grid VIP Whale

    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2011
    Messages:
    1,478
    Location:
    Chicago
    Trips to Las Vegas:
    31
    The Riv site will be a convention center expansion. No more casino or fun on that land. As for FB, rumors a few months ago said Ichan was getting ready to sell it for a decent flip. But when you coupled the money he wanted, plus the money to finish it, no buyer emerged.

    He paid $150 to buy it and wants $650 to sell. I hear some buyers kicked the tires at $350MIL with a budget of $1.2BIL to finish it off. Thats $1.5BIL all in. Cheaper than building new. But $1.2BIL to finish + $650MIL, and almost $2BIL to take over the problem doesnt make much sense.