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62: A Tour of the Aliante Station Casino and Hotel

Twenty-three months ago,  the folks at Stations Casino did a Show & Tell about their upcoming Aliante Station Casino.  Last night, two years of planning, construction, traffic delays and speculation came to an end with the grand opening of the Aliante Station Casino and Hotel.  This episode of the Living in Las Vegas Podcast gives you a “soundseering” tour of the $600+ million “locals” casino.  Show notes:

  • Weather/Pool
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  • The Aliante Station Casino and Hotel
    • Fireworks
    • Early entry and free beer
    • The Tour



5 Responses to “62: A Tour of the Aliante Station Casino and Hotel”

  1. ScottW
    November 13th, 2008 12:34 am

    Whoops. . .Melissa was right. . .Sheryl Crow *was* the surprise entertainment for the VIPs.

    Mmmmmm. . .diiirt.

  2. Jacquie
    November 17th, 2008 4:46 pm

    Toooo short! Forget the nutra-sweet version, I want the full-fat, full flavor, bring-home-the bacon-to-mama version!

    See you in a few weeks, btw :)

  3. ScottW
    November 17th, 2008 5:41 pm

    Sorry, Jacquie! We recorded that late at night after an uber-busy day so we just wanted to get the meat of the show out. We will return to our regularly-scheduled format moving forward.

    p.s. I’m more of a Splenda guy. . .gotta watch my figure.

  4. Ted Newkirk
    December 13th, 2008 7:47 pm

    In this episode, you wondered why the media was somewhat down on Aliante Station. Couple of reasons:

    1. One was just the factual reporting of the lack of viability for the property at this time. Opening in a down economy and needing to draw from zip codes with some of the highest foreclosure rates in the nation aren’t the best business models.

    2. Aliante is a beautiful area, but to those in the rest of the Las Vegas Valley, it seems so far “out there.” Almost like it is detached from the rest of Las Vegas. I know it isn’t fair. Aliante is much closer to downtown than Anthem, Seven Hills, and other Green(spun) Valley developed areas.

    But there is still the perception. You ask a local who lives somewhat centrally about going to Green Valley Ranch and it seems like a hop, skip and jump right down the freeway/beltway (even if it isn’t any farther than Aliante). Aliante has this “way far off” feeling that may contribute to lack of huge media excitement about Aliante Station.

    3. This is a little more “inside baseball” but at the end of the day… much of the media may be predisposed to dislike (50% Aliante Station owners) The Greenspun Family. Why? The Greenspuns compete with everybody (and I mean everybody) else in local media:

    * Work at a TV station? The Greenspuns own KTUD and Las Vegas One (and still may own 20% of Cox Cable as The Greenspuns owned the local cable system before selling to Cox).

    * Work at magazine like 944 or other Las Vegas area magazines? The Greenspuns own a bunch of them ranging from Las Vegas Magazine to Vegas Golfer.

    * Work at CityLife? The Greenspuns compete with Las Vegas Weekly.

    * A newspaper? The Greenspuns soldier on with the Las Vegas Sun (despite the financial bath they must be taking on the print side of that).

    * Run a Vegas website, blog, or similar? The Greenspuns compete with Vegas.com (and LasVegasSun.com to an extent).

    To make matters worse for competing media, The Greenspuns have made hundreds of millions off of their real estate ventures (both locally and in other makets, including the Aliante development). All fine and well… God bless the free market.

    However, they use these unlimited resources to continue to compete in every single media niche regardless of how profitable they might be. (For example, running the Las Vegas Sun paper sans advertising despite the inclusion fee they must pay the R-J to have their section included every day).

    At the end of the day… media covers Greenspun ventures because they are news. But perhaps not with willing excitement.

  5. Kin Asdar
    January 17th, 2009 7:22 am

    Work at magazine like 944 or other Las Vegas area magazines is a great job.

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