After touting a late summer opening for some time, the Legends Bay Casino in Sparks finally has an official grand opening date.
The Legends Bay Casino will officially open to the public at 8 p.m. Aug. 30, the company confirmed on Wednesday. The opening date was first reported by the Reno Gazette Journal last week in an article about Circa Sports.
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In addition to its grand opening, Legends Bay Casino will also hold a fireworks show on Sept. 2.
“It’s an honor and a privilege for us to open the first new casino in Northern Nevada in a very long time,” said Garry Goett, Olympia Companies chairman and CEO, in a statement. “We have been working tirelessly to bring this project to life for many years.”
The opening marks the first new, ground-up casino in Reno-Sparks in more than two decades. It also represents the end of a 15-year journey to get the project completed as it faced challenges ranging from a major recession and pandemic to minimum room requirements and even pushback from some politicians and potential rivals.
“We found a grandfathered gaming license in Sparks that was actually movable from one location to another,” Court Cardinal, regional president of Olympia Gaming, said in June. “So we purchased that gaming license.”
“One thing I’ll tell you is that it’s been a long time coming,” Cardinal said.