The Tropicana Las Vegas is set to be demolished to make space for a baseball stadium for the rebranded Las Vegas Athletics. The oldest surviving hotel rooms on the Las Vegas Strip, known as the Tropicana’s “bungalow” rooms, have been quietly closed since mid-November. These rooms will be destroyed when the Tropicana is imploded. The rooms opened on April 4, 1957, fanning out in a “V” shape from the central casino, which still stands today. The Tropicana has a rich history, having caught the attention of national crime headlines following an assassination attempt on mob boss Frank Costello in 1957. The constant stream of visiting stars such as Sammy Davis Jr. and Elizabeth Taylor made it a hit resort.
In 2015, Penn National Gaming purchased the Trop for $360M, and then, during the COVID-19 pandemic, sold the land it occupied to a spin-off company, Gaming and Leisure Properties. Bally’s Corporation then purchased the non-land assets of the Tropicana in 2022 and announced its agreement with the Oakland Athletics baseball team to develop the site for a new baseball stadium in 2023.