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New Sports & Race Book To Open at Grand Sierra Resort

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If you've been to the Grand Sierra Resort in the past few months, you've probably noticed a lot of changes to the casino floor.

That makeover is continuing, with a new sports and race book.

It covers 13,000 square feet and has 73 TV screens, nearly three times as many as the old one. 

Offering new flooring, lighting and seating -- upgraded audio and video, as well as a stage for live entertainment.

It also offers three VIP lounges, totaling 1,100 square feet.

"Between the new TVs and all the elements we've put in, the experience is just elevated ten times," Dan Uonites, GSR Assistant General Manager said. "It's going to be an experience that's unforgettable.

Early next month, construction will begin on a nightclub with an indoor pool.

The tropical-themed club will have two levels, a lounge, and cabanas.

The goal is to have it open by New Year's Eve.

"You've got this beautiful nightclub, over 25,000 square feet," Uonites said. "Something that will rival clubs in Vegas."

That Vegas-style club is something Uonites hopes will draw in visitors from Sacramento and the Bay Area.

"Bringing in that customer base will help the entire town," Uonites said. "It will help all the other properties. So, we're very excited about that."

The club will go in the area where the old sports book is.

Mustangs will be taken out and Johnny Rockets will move downstairs, next to the pool entrance.

There will be poolside seating for the restaurant, and the wedding chapel will also be moved closer to that area.

"Putting in a brand new spa," Uonites said. "We are redesigning our pool entrance. We are actually adding elements to our pool. You'll also see new retail elements all through that spa level."

Since renovations began last year, costs have totaled more than $25 million.

"It's the capital commitment that we put in and we're doing that because we do believe in it," Uonites said. "We do believe in Reno, we believe in our property, and we believe where Reno is going is on the upswing."

On certain nights, the seats in the sports book will be moved out of the way for live entertainment and dancing.

The area will be up and running on Monday, with a grand opening set for June first.

Written by Paul Nelson

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