Investments paying off for downtown Las Vegas casino operators Bailey Schulz, Las Vegas Review-Journal · September 22, 2019 at 1:56 pm It’s hard to ignore the changes taking place in downtown Las Vegas. There’s Circa, a 777-room hotel-casino set to open next year. Farther west, the Downtown Grand is working on building a new hotel tower. And high above the bustle of the crowds, the Fremont Street Experience canopy flashes signs saying it’s undergoing upgrades. These investments are a testament to the area’s recent success, according to experts. The July gaming win in downtown Las Vegas rose 5.83 percent from a year earlier, according to data from the Nevada Gaming Control Board. On the Strip, it fell 0.3 percent. For an area that still brings in a majority of its revenue from the casinos, this growth has had a dramatic effect.