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It is the end of an era as the once popular Texas Station Hotel & Casino on Rancho Drive and Lake Mead Boulevard in North Las Vegas, and the Fiesta Henderson Hotel & Casino on Lake Mead Parkway in Henderson are currently being demolished.

According to KSNV Channel 3 News, these are just two of four casinos that Red Rock Properties (Station Casinos’ parent company) will be demolishing in the coming months. The other two are Wild Wild West on West Tropicana just off the Strip, and Fiesta Rancho on Rancho Drive at Lake Mead Boulevard. They also say three of the four properties will be sold off, while they will redevelop the Wild Wild West site. The company is currently in the process of building Durango Resort & Casino in the southwest part of the Las Vegas valley.

The fact that Fiesta Rancho is also going to be demolished and the land sold is especially concerning to me and my hockey teammates. We have been playing ice hockey at the Pepsi Ice Arena, located at Fiesta Rancho, for the past seventeen years. We know the hotel and casino have been shut down since the Covid-19 pandemic hit in the spring of 2020, but the ice arena opened back up for us when restrictions were lifted.

Not only does the Pepsi Ice Arena offer recreational ice hockey leagues to the community, but they are also open for public skating and special events. With the popularity of hockey increasing so much since the arrival of the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017, it would be a real shame to see one of the local ice hockey arenas close down. All those teams and players would have to find a spot in one of the other leagues at Las Vegas Ice Center on Flamingo, City National Arena in Summerlin, or the new Lifeguard Arena on Water Street in Henderson.

We’ll keep our fingers crossed in hopes that someone else buys the Pepsi Ice Arena and keeps it open for the community.


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Larry Martino is the long-time Afternoon Drive personality on 96.3 KKLZ. The views and opinions expressed in this blog are those of Larry Martino and not necessarily those of Beasley Media Group, LLC.


Palms Casino Resort Opens Today: 8 Things To Be Excited About

It’s a new start for this iconic Vegas hotel. After a two-year hiatus, the Palms Casino Resort will be opening their doors today, April 27.

The reopening of the Palms is happening right as the NFL draft kicks off, making this a busy week in Vegas.

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians purchased the Palms Casino Resort from Red Rock Resorts Inc. for $650 million, making this the biggest purchase by a Native American tribe in Vegas, according to Bloomberg.

Further, this will be the first Native American-owned and operated resort in Las Vegas. According to USA Today, a Native American tribe runs Virgin Hotels Las VegasMohegan Sun Casino. However, Virgin Hotels and partners own the resort.

The opening of this off-the-strip resort is historic, and the opening night will include a “fireworks extravaganza” to celebrate a new chapter in Palms history, according to a press release from the Palms.

“It’s an honor and a privilege for us to welcome everyone back to Palms Casino Resort Las Vegas,” San Manuel Gaming and Hospitality Authority Chairwoman Latisha Casas said. “We look forward to introducing our guests to our rich history, culture and signature hospitality. We can’t wait to make history together.”

If you plan on visiting the resort, attendees can expect the return of popular restaurants such as Scotch 80 Prime and Mabel’s BBQ, which are both by Chef Michael Symon. Other mouth-watering restaurants includes the debut of Serrano Vista Cafe and Send Noodles.

And of course, the Palms will have an expansive multi-level pool space. This will include two luxurious main pools and 39 cabanas, most with their own private pool, according to the resort’s press release. Locals and tourist can relax on oversized daybeds and poolside lounge chairs that are dotted throughout the pool space.

“From our locals to guests visiting from near and far, our goal is simple – to deliver a truly distinctive experience that makes you feel at home while you are in Las Vegas,” said Cynthia Kiser Murphey, General Manager for Palms Casino Resort.

As we prepare for the Palms to reopen and inject a level of vibrancy within the Vegas resort scene, here are a few exciting things that the resort will offer!

  • The A.Y.C.E. Buffet Is Back

  • Get Ready For Summer: Pearl Theater Makes A Comeback

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    Catch the latest stand-up or musical performance in the Pearl Theater at the Palms. Featuring private bars, lounges, 18 skyboxes, and seats feet from the show.

  • Amazing Dining Options

  • Las Vegas' only true IMAX experience, Brenden Theatres is set to reopen

  • The Iconic Pool At The Palms

  • Amazing Art Collections

    Palms Collection | Palms Casino Resort | Las Vegas, NV

    From Timothy Curtis to Felipe Pantone - The Palms has unique art at every corner you turn. Look through the gallery and discover your new favorite piece.

  • Beautiful Views At Ghostbar

    It’s Coming Back! Everybody’s favorite, long known for offering some of the best views of the Las Vegas Strip. Ghostbar...

    Posted by Palms Casino Resort on Tuesday, January 18, 2022

  • Relax At The Palms' Spa

    Wellness | Palms Casino Resort | Las Vegas, NV

    With luxury and wellness taking center stage, the 17,000 square foot Spa at Palms features three levels to fully treat yourself. Our spa is complete with 15 treatment sanctuaries, a full service salon, world-class fitness center and Zen Studio for yoga, meditation and retreats.