A construction worker works on the exterior of Legends Bay Casino in Sparks on May 13, 2022.
SPARKS – The Las Vegas operator of the world’s largest sportsbook is expanding into northern Nevada this year in a collaboration with the first new casino to be built at Reno-Sparks in more than a quarter century.
Circa Sports inked a deal with Olympia Gaming, owner of Legends Bay Casino, to operate a sportsbook on the property being built east of Reno, the Reno Gazette Journal reported.
In addition to sports betting, the 80,000-square-foot casino offers table games, slot machines, video poker, and several restaurants. It is slated to open sometime this summer at the Legends at Sparks Marina along Interstate 80.
“We are thrilled to be working with Olympia Gaming to introduce our brand to a new part of the state,” said Derek Stevens, CEO of Circa Sports. “We look forward to bringing an incredible sportsbook to the facility.”
Circa Sports launched in 2019 at the Stevens Golden Gate Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Since then, the company has expanded its footprint to five casinos in southern Nevada and also offers mobile betting services in Colorado and Iowa. Its sportsbook at Stevens’ Circa Resort & Casino, which opened in 2020, is said to be the largest sportsbook in the world.
Stevens said the new partnership with Olympia at Sparks was the “icing on the cake”.
“Legends Bay is the first casino built from the ground up in the Reno-Sparks area in over 30 years,” Stevens told the Gazette Journal. “As such, we were excited to have the opportunity to house our first Circa Sports retail location in northern Nevada on this… property.”
Legends Bay Casino marks the culmination of a journey that began in 2007 for Olympia. Originally planned as a hotel-casino, the project saw multiple starts and stops thanks to unexpected economic headwinds.
The first was the Great Recession of 2008, which hit Reno-Sparks’ real estate and construction industries particularly hard. Then came the COVID-19 pandemic, which triggered a lockdown across the state of Nevada.
After the 2008 recession, the hotel-casino concept was abandoned in favor of a phased approach. The first phase included construction of two hotels, a 102-room Hampton Inn & Suites and a 104-room Residence Inn by Marriott. Both projects broke ground in 2017 and have since opened.
The next phase is the Legends Bay Casino itself, which broke ground in 2021.
“We started planning in 2007, so it’s a great achievement for the entire team involved in the project to see the designs and concepts change, evolve and transition from paper to reality,” said DeCourcy Graham, Chief Operating Officer of Olympia Gaming.
RED Development, which developed The Outlets at Legends, expects business to pick up at the cinema, shops and restaurants at the outdoor mall, said Scott Rehorn, its leasing managing partner.
“Malls with casinos are seeing an immediate and sustained increase in sales, tenant retention and tourism traffic,” he said.
CEO Garry Goett, who also serves as Chairman of Olympia Companies, believes the addition of Circa will make Legends Bay Casino a premier sports betting destination in northern Nevada.
“It gives us a unique sports betting offering,” said Goett.