Fitzgerald's Hotel History
Fitzgeralds Casino and Hotel is a 34-story, 638-room hotel and casino in downtown Las Vegas, Nevada, in the United States. It is owned by Barden Nevada, a subsidiary of The Majestic Star Casino, LLC.
Fitzgeralds has a 42,000-square-foot casino, several restaurants, a business center and a pool and spa. The hotel is located at the eastern end of the Fremont Street Experience. Fitzgerald's also has a race and sports book, or betting facility, soon to be operated by Lucky's Race & Sports Book, located on the second floor of the casino. The casino has approximately 940 slot machines and 29 table games.
Fitzgeralds has a "luck of the Irish" theme, with shamrocks and a leprechaun. It is inside Fitzgerald's hotel where the suspended sign falls and kills Patches O'Houlihan in the film Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.
In 1979, Fitzgeralds opened as the Sundance Hotel and took on its current name in 1987. Barden Nevada Gaming LLC acquired three Fitzgerald Properties in Dec 2001, and the hotel was spun out as a privately owned asset of Barden Development Inc. two years later.
In May 2008, it was reported that Don Barden was pledging his downtown Las Vegas property to generate a $35-million equity stake in a slots-only casino in Pittsburgh, making a sale likely for Fitzgeralds Casino and Hotel. It was subsequently reported, however, that Barden had no need to sell Fitzgeralds to maintain a stake in the slots-only casino in Pittsburgh and that it would remain an asset which he could use to generate cash for his struggling gambling portfolio.
In May 2011, Barden passed away. Barden's estate agreed in September to sell the hotel to Derek Stevens, majority owner of the Golden Gate casino, and his brother Greg. Stevens plans to remodel Fitzgeralds with a "vintage Vegas" theme, and rename it.