By Lori Nelson
Happy Birthday to us! July 1st marks our 40th birthday and we're throwing a huge month-long bash to celebrate, so please RSVP "YES" to be part of the fun.
Our humble beginnings started with a 5,000 square-foot casino simply named "The Casino" (today Palace Station) that opened off Sahara Ave. with 100 slot machines and a snack bar exclusively designed for the locals.
Our founder, Frank Fertitta Jr., began his gaming career as a bellman at the Tropicana. He had a novel idea that locals wanted an entertainment and gaming experience… just not surrounded by tourists. His idea was simple: provide locals with great entertainment, customer service and value for their dollar. It was an absolute hit with the locals, especially the hospitality workers who enjoyed having a place to relax after their shift. This solidified the Fertitta Family as one of the early pioneers in locals gaming.
As the town grew, so did Station Casinos. From 1976-1993, Palace Station grew and expanded with more amenities. Mr. Fertitta brought his two sons, Frank III and Lorenzo into the business working a variety of jobs to learn the gaming business inside and out. In the early 90's, they recognized the town was growing and had a vision for replicating Palace Station in new communities that were being developed.
An incredible expansion began with the arrival of Boulder Station in 1994, Texas Station in 1995 and Sunset Station in 1997. Each casino was better than the last with the addition of more restaurants, entertainment such as bowling alleys, movie theatres and concert venues and expanded gaming offerings all while staying true to offering locals a terrific value for their dollar.
Today, Station Casinos offers 19 entertainment destinations and has proudly grown from 90 to 12,000 employees.
We hope you will join us throughout July to celebrate our big birthday. We'll kick it off with a bang by hosting a fireworks extravaganza on Friday, July 1 where it all began.