Fitzgeralds hotel and casino to be renamed The D

by William ASTON on March 13, 2012

The Fitzgeralds hotel and casino in the heart of downtown Las Vegas is to be renamed ‘The D’ and undergo $15 million on renovation work while it remains open.

Derek Stevens, the owner of the historic casino since last year, said at an official press conference today that he purchased the Fitz, as it is fondly referred to, with an intention to change its name and spruce things up on the way  to making it one of the hottest spots in the whole of Las Vegas. Stevens, who is also a majority owner of the Golden Gate casino, situated not far from The D, said the former Fitzgeralds was licensed but he wanted something not associated with any other properties.

It was revealed by Stevens that The “D” of the D stands for downtown but is also a direct homage to Detroit and a nod to his own nickname. The D includes close to 640 hotel rooms as well as a two-level casino . Previously, it was owned by Don Barden – a figure famous for having become Sin City’s first-ever black casino owner.

As Las Vegas’ tallest building, The D attracted a crowd of young and old spectators while the Fitzgeralds’ huge neon “F” was brought down. A wrap, that noted the name change and detailed that new lights will be installed over the next few days, was also put up.

One level of the casino is to be decorated in a new and modern style, while the upper level will serve as a throwback to the old days of Las Vegas.

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