A look inside Caesars Palace, as it waits to reopen (27 photos and video) Jeff Gillan, KSNV-TV · March 26, 2020 at 3:30 pm LAS VEGAS (KSNV) — This is something one of the most iconic resorts on The Strip was never supposed to do — close. In its 53 years, 7 months and 21 days of operation, I’ve never seen Caesars Palace empty and quiet. I had come here this Wednesday to meet the resort’s top two executives. Like every other resort in town, the coronavirus had done what a terror attack and a great recession could not: Close up the joint, following the governor’s order last week to shut down. “It’s surreal. It was very sad. Casinos are places of light and color and energy, and they’re not places that are dark and quiet,” says Gary Selesner, the president of Caesars Palace.