Well, it looks like the days of one of the longest-standing hotels in Las Vegas are now numbered. The Tropicana on the Las Vegas strip will be closing soon.
The Tropicana on the Las Vegas Strip told its employees this week, that it plans to close within 18 to 24 months – at least temporarily – but will operate business as usual until that point.
For the past three years, we’ve been hearing about this being a possible location for the ballpark, said Harry Basil, General Manager of the Laugh Factory Comedy Club at the Tropicana. Basil says after several years of chatter about it, he was relieved to hear the news last month that the Oakland A’s could move to a site on the west side of the I-15.
Everyone at the Trop (breathed) a sigh of relief, Basil said. Like, Okay, we’re good. But then came the memo from Bally’s, which owns the Tropicana, saying it’s preparing to close in the next 18 to 24 months to prepare for a renovation.
Basil says it would be sad to see the property go – not just because of his own business there, but also because of all the memories of the legendary property. Bally’s calls the project an “integrated casino hotel and resort and baseball park,” which hints at the plan for at least part of the Tropicana to remain.
Regardless of the fate of the hotel, Basil will likely have to find at least a temporary new home for the Laugh Factory sometime soon. However, he does hope he can come back in some capacity. Basil told Fox 5 news, “If they continue to operate here and have a property, how exciting would that be to be on the site of the baseball stadium?”
A source that represents the Tropicana said no employees were terminated yet as a result of this weeks announcement. But if you read the notice: Will I lose my job? Yes.
Here is the notice that was sent to employees of the legendary Tropicana, via Jaclyn Schultz at Fox 5 News, Las Vegas.