Circa in Downtown Las Vegas Unveils Meeting and Convention Space


Visitors to Circa’s new convention and meeting space this week will see the usual lounge seating and high-tech projectors. But there’s something else on the third floor that might catch their eye—a stretched Cadillac Escalade casually parked outside the ballroom.

It is there temporarily to show the region’s offers such as easy loading and unloading for large cargo.

The unveiling of the convention and meeting space on Monday completes construction of phase two of the complex, owner Derek Stevens said during a media preview. The thirteen rooms and 35,000 square feet of ballroom and relaxation space will open from September 1.

“We always thought there was a need for more hotel rooms downtown, back when we were designing Circa, and we always thought there was a need for more space. high-tech meeting center downtown,” Stevens said in an interview. “I think you’re going to see and feel one of the best sound systems for meetings and conventions. We really tried to create something that convention planners, destination managers would really appreciate and find useful.

Meeting rooms have state-of-the-art audio and visual capabilities to meet this demand. The technology includes 16K LU laser projectors, retractable screens, audio trunk lines, patchable Ethernet trunk lines, pair-patchable single-mode fiber strands on LC connectors, quad jacks and LED screens.

The 14,000 square foot Galaxy Ballroom, the largest meeting space, includes full rigging and room dividers. The bedroom is connected to an outdoor terrace overlooking Main Street and Ogden Avenue.

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Stevens said his team sought advice from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority when designing the space. One point they learned, he said, was to build easy access to loading areas. Circa therefore designed an oversized service lift large enough to hold a vehicle, such as the Escalade parked in the lobby, for upcoming preview events.

The space is outfitted to showcase Circa’s art deco and mid-century modern design by JCJ Architecture and an original design concept by Steelman Partners. Meeting spaces are named after iconic former Las Vegas motels: Galaxy, Starlite, Carousel, Ambassador, La Concha and Bonanza.

Meetings are already booked at the resort, including a 300-person event for a client tied to the cryptocurrency industry, Circa chief sales officer Sasha Lee said.

Lee said he targets corporate meetings such as those of Fortune 500 companies, but the word could shift to hosting sports nights and other large private events. It also wants to create an optional satellite sports betting area at the reception, pending approval from the gaming commission.

Circa’s sister property, the D Las Vegas, also has convention space, but it’s about a third the size of Circa. Lee said she didn’t expect much overlap between the two properties because the D’s space is smaller and is in a three-star level property that focuses on family gatherings, proms and small group meetings.

“We don’t anticipate any sort of cannibalization of Circa and D because they’re just two completely different demographics,” Lee said.

Stevens hopes the space will help cushion midweek visits, which have been slower to recover from their pandemic low than weekend and special event visits.

“What you see over the past two years, which is kind of unique, is weekday business in Las Vegas has generally been quieter,” he said. “For us, that helps a little bit with business on weekdays with these groups of 100 to 400 people and things like that, which help us utilize all of the property’s assets.”

With two days to go until the phase opens, Stevens said he and the team plan to study space acceptance before future Circa construction begins. The site has several floors of shell hotel rooms that could become one-bedroom suites, standard rooms, or whatever better meets future demand.

“We need to understand the impact of this investment on the future,” Stevens said. “We just try to learn from one phase before moving on to the next. That’s kind of where we are.

McKenna Ross is a corps member of Report for America, a national service program that places reporters in local newsrooms. Contact her at [email protected] Follow @mckenna_ross_ on Twitter.


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