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Location Reno, Nevada, U.S.
Tackle 2500 East Second Road
Opening date Could 3, 1978; 42 years in the past (1978-05-03)
Theme Trendy
No. of rooms 2,001[1]
Whole gaming house 63,584 sq ft (5,907.1 m2)[2]
Notable eating places California Pizza Kitchen
Charlie Palmer Steak
Proprietor The Meruelo Group
Architect Martin Stern, Jr. and Associates
Value Group
Earlier names MGM Grand Reno (1978–1986)
Bally’s Reno (1986–1992)
Reno Hilton (1992–2006)
Renovated in 1981, 2012, 2013, 2014
Coordinates 39°31′22″N 119°46′45″W / 39.522854°N 119.779226°W / 39.522854; -119.779226
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Grand Sierra Resort (previously MGM Grand Reno, Bally’s Reno and Reno Hilton) is a resort and on line casino positioned roughly three miles east of Downtown Reno, Nevada. The resort has 1,990 visitor rooms and suites, 10 eating places, together with two by celeb chef Charlie Palmer[1] and a on line casino with 63,584 sq ft (5,907.1 m2) of house.[2][3] The Grand Sierra has a movie show,[4] a Race & Sports activities E-book, nightclubs together with LEX a 25,000 sq ft venue with a swimming pool, lake golf driving vary, a two display cinema, an RV park and a lately opened ice rink.[5] It’s owned and operated by Southern California primarily based funding group headed by The Meruelo Group.

Historical past

MGM Grand (1978–1986)

In 1975, officers from the Metro-Goldwyn Mayer Firm started to scout out Reno areas for his or her proposed excessive rise hotel-casino they wished to mannequin after their very high-profile Las Vegas on line casino, the MGM Grand. Following a take care of and approval from the Metropolis Council, MGM bought land between Mill and 2nd Streets, at the moment a gravel pit. The Summer time of 1976 noticed development start on the 26 story, 1,015 room property that will then be one of many largest on the earth. After two years of fast-tracked development, the constructing opened with fanfare, trend and media consideration on Could 3, 1978.

Within the Summer time of 1981, MGM opened an enlargement of the resort with a 26-story wing plus a further 900 rooms, making a complete of two,001 rooms and suites. Three years later in November 1984 MGM revealed plans to increase the Reno resort additional: a $60 million 26 story wing with one other 954 rooms, which by no means materialized. After fights and points with the Metropolis Council, the enlargement was later authorized on September 23, 1985, amid rumors the MGM could be offered. Lower than 5 months in a while November 16, 1985 these rumors proved to be true with Bally Manufacturing asserting that it could purchase the Reno and Las Vegas MGM’s for $440 million, additional questioning the newly authorized enlargement for Reno.

Bally’s (1986–1992)

Bally's Reno logo (1986–1992)

Bally’s Reno brand (1986–1992)

The elevated buy value transaction was accomplished in April 1986 and MGM Grand Reno turned Bally’s Reno, the worth to buy the MGM belongings got here out being greater than $550 million. The enlargement for Reno was delayed indefinitely leaving the present construction with 2,001 rooms. On April 18, 1989, Bally’s shut down the favored Donn Arden manufacturing “Hi there Hollywood Hi there” that was created for the MGM Reno. It closed after 11 years and performances in entrance of greater than 7 million folks. It stays nonetheless the longest-running manufacturing present to ever play in Reno. In 1990 Wall-Road started to tout monetary issues with Bally Manufacturing; however in July 1990, they refute the declare and announce they may proceed to function the hotel-casinos. Three months later in October 1990, it turned identified that Bally’s was combating $1.Eight billion in money owed and introduced a plan to restructure and reorganize to maintain Bally’s Reno working. After two years of sluggish operations, on February 27, 1992, Bally Manufacturing, father or mother firm of Bally’s, filed for chapter. The following month, in March 1992, the resort was positioned available on the market in an try to help their debt by unloading the non-revenue producing Bally’s Reno, sister resort Bally’s Las Vegas was way more superior by way of revenues. Shortly, bidding started between Hilton Resorts Inc and Harveys On line casino. The bidding went on till June 1992 when Hilton put an finish to the combat, bidding $83 million. The transaction took a couple of weeks to finish.

Reno Hilton (1992–2006)

Reno Hilton logo (1992–2006)

Reno Hilton brand (1992–2006)

On July 31, 1992, Bally’s Reno turned formally the Reno Hilton.

Free of economic issues and instantly after the sale, Hilton started investing $86 million value of renovations in 1994/1995 to remodel utterly the inside and exterior of the resort and direct the theme in the direction of a extra Western picture. In December 1993, throughout the renovations, Hilton confirmed that it was trying into constructing a 1,000 room addition. The Reno Hilton’s possession was a collection of managers and firm names; it was Hilton Lodge Inc. from 1992-1999 when Hilton spun off its gaming operations right into a separate firm known as Park Place Leisure. Then in 2003, following a 2001 buy of Caesars World, Park Place modified its identify to Caesars Leisure, with Hilton nonetheless holding an affiliation with the corporate. Round this time, the Reno Hilton was once more being renovated. In Could 2005, it turned identified that Caesars Leisure, which was pending in a merger with Harrah’s Leisure, needed to disassociate all resorts below the Hilton model as Hilton had eliminated itself from the corporate and didn’t wish to develop into a part of the merger. Consequently, the property was positioned available on the market and rapidly picked up by a bunch of traders generally known as the Grand Sierra Resort Corp. The acquisition value was $151 million.

The transaction from Caesars Leisure to GSR Corp involving the $151 million sale of the Reno Hilton was prolonged. The sale was introduced in early Could 2005 however wasn’t accomplished till June 2006 as a result of finance and licensing issues.

Grand Sierra Resort (2006–current)

Grand Sierra Resort logo (2006–2012)

Grand Sierra Resort brand (2006–2012)

In spite of everything issues have been addressed with all events concerned, the Reno Hilton turned the Grand Sierra Resort and On line casino on June 24, 2006.

In the course of the first possession of the Grand Sierra Resort practically $100 million was spent to transform the property into the brand new model. The cash was spent on reconfiguration of the general public areas, a brand new swimming pool space, replace for the on line casino that included preserving the unique MGM-like ceilings, a refreshed resort foyer and changing flooring 17–27 into “hotel-condos” known as The Summit. The corporate had larger-scale enlargement plans that included a water park, boutique purchasing, a water and laser present, 48-story condominium high-rises and additional renovations. These by no means got here to fruition. Briefly, the resort was residence to Nikki Seashore nightlife and Ashton Kutcher’s Dolce Enoteca restaurant. In October 2008, within the midst of the financial crises, GSR’s possession or group of traders didn’t make funds on their loans with their financier, JPMorgan, primarily bankrupt, the financial institution foreclosed on the two,001 room resort/on line casino and assumed possession, assigning it to their affiliate Credit score Markets Actual Property Holdings to supervise operations. That affiliate introduced on Las Vegas-based administration firms akin to Catalyst, who flips struggling resort/casinos and makes them engaging to a purchaser. These firms, together with the Navengante Group and Santo Gaming, each Las Vegas primarily based, continued to make enhancements to the resort akin to including or changing eating places. The resort/rental program was eradicated and settlements with patrons are ongoing to this present day, the renovated rooms above the 17th flooring which can be non-private owned lease as resort rooms.

In 2009, The Meruelo Group started trying on the property with an curiosity to buy it. CEO Alex Meruelo was intrigued by the property’s potential to really develop into an elite vacation spot resort. After negotiations between Meruelo and JPMorgan, a deal was reached to promote the 145-acre website for less than $42 million. This cost was made in money, and the deal was introduced in February 2011. Shortly, the deal closed after regulatory approval in April 2011. Out of financial institution possession, Meruelo pledged to repeatedly make enhancements. Not avid gamers, Meruelo, proprietor of profitable restaurant chains, TV stations and development firms, was now within the enterprise of resort/casinos. He introduced on seasoned administration from Las Vegas to assist in his effort to rebrand the property. In August 2011, the corporate introduced a multi-phase $25 million enchancment program that will renovate the on line casino, resort foyer, rooms and eating places. In August 2012, that program was accomplished. Favoring shiny and trendy versus elegant and darkish. Even with the primary spherical of renovations accomplished, Meruelo was not stopping their enhancements with renovations to their sports activities e book, a brand new Spa, new shops and a $14 million nightclub opened in 2014. For the primary time within the property’s 30-year historical past, exterior enhancements have been made in 2014.

Grand Sierra Resort logo (2012–2014)

Grand Sierra Resort brand (2012–2014)

Grand Sierra Resort logo (2014–2019)

Grand Sierra Resort brand (2014–2019)

In Spring 2013, it was introduced Meruelo Group had a agency deal to amass an Atlantic Metropolis On line casino and Lodge Trump Plaza for $20 million, nonetheless, in April 2013, that deal was placed on maintain because the father or mother firm’s mortgage holder put a cease to the deal. Meruelo was nonetheless dedicated to buying it and increasing their community of resort/casinos. One other renovation for the assembly house occurred in the summertime of 2015.

Points of interest

On line casino

Grand Sierra has one of many largest on line casino flooring in Reno and Northern Nevada with over 90,000 sq. ft of slots, video poker, desk video games and a race and sports activities e book. It has been lately renovated to showcase an air of cosmopolitan with new carpet, desk sport decor, slot chairs and a brand new lighting aspect with new chandeliers of various dimensions dimmed with LED colour altering accents put in within the arcs of the ceiling components. Innovativo Design of Las Vegas is answerable for Grand Sierra’s new on line casino look.


Grand Sierra options many eating choices for visitors starting from reasonably priced to very upscale.

  • 2nd Road Specific – Snack Bar, operated by GSR
  • California Pizza Kitchen – Pizza, salads and extra, operated by GSR
  • Grand Café (previously generally known as Café Sierra) – 24-hour Café, operated by GSR
  • Charlie Palmer Steak – Steakhouse, operated by GSR
  • Johnny Rockets – Hamburgers, franchise, positioned in downstairs mall
  • Port of Subs – Sandwiches, franchise, positioned in downstairs mall
  • Rim – Asian, operated by GSR
  • Spherical Desk Pizza – Pizza, franchise, positioned in downstairs mall, operated by GSR
  • Starbucks – espresso, franchised and operated by GSR
  • The Grand Buffet (previously generally known as The Lodge Buffet and Parts Buffet) – All-you-can-eat Buffet, operated by GSR

Grand Sierra Cinema

Grand Sierra Cinema is a two auditorium theater positioned within the decrease stage mall. The theater options films that lately left mainstream theaters however have not but reached DVD for simply $4. Motion pictures are performed as soon as on weeknights and twice on weekend nights.

Enjoyable Quest

Enjoyable Quest is the resort’s household leisure heart. Points of interest within the FEC embrace a Laser Tag area. Previously Q-Zar/Quazar, it was transformed to a Lazer Runner system in January 2007. As well as, a second area was lately added for Battlefield Reside.

Escape Room

A current addition within the type of an escape room, Breakthrough Reno, now resides within the Grand Sierra Resort throughout from the Enjoyable Quest heart themed round an previous resort.

Grand Journey Land

Grand Journey Land is positioned on the northwest nook of the resort’s property. Primarily a miniature amusement park that includes upcharge points of interest, the park incorporates a 180-foot Skycoaster, and three go-cart tracks.

Grand Bay Driving Vary

Grand Bay Driving Vary is positioned on the southeast nook of the resort property alongside the north shore of the Grand Bay. It’s a golf driving vary the place guests might lease golf golf equipment and a bucket of balls to hit into the water of the man-made lake, the place targets float at numerous distances on the water. [6]

Wedding ceremony Chapel

Grand Sierra Wedding ceremony Chapel affords two venues to host weddings. One is positioned inside on the decrease stage of the resort and the opposite is exterior close to their pool.

Grand Theatre

A 2,700 seat live performance and present venue. It’s residence to the world’s largest indoor stage with greater than a full acre of usable house. The theater was constructed to host MGM’s “Hi there Hollywood Hi there” Manufacturing from 1978-87. The stage is likely one of the largest on the earth. The Meruelo Group reworked the Grand Theatre at Grand Sierra Resort.


The Grand Sierra is residence to the native furry conference, aptly named Greatest Little Fur Con, since its inception in 2013.[7][8]


  1. ^ a b “About the GSR”. Grand Sierra Resort. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  2. ^ a b “On line casino and Sports activities E-book Greatest On line casino in Reno, NV”. Grand Sierra Resort. Retrieved April 23, 2019.
  3. ^ “Itemizing of Monetary Statements Sq. Footage”. Nevada Gaming Management Board. Retrieved March 16, 2015.
  4. ^ “Bowling Middle”. Grand Sierra Resort. Retrieved August 29, 2015.
  5. ^ Staff, Information 4-Fox 11 Digital (November 23, 2019). “Grand Sierra Resort celebrates the opening of The Ice Rink”. KRNV. Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  6. ^ Burrows, Kim (July 5, 2018). “Distinctive Grand Sierra Resort driving vary altering after 25 years”. KRNV. Retrieved August 22, 2019.
  7. ^ Krevitt, Zak (June 5, 2016). “Pictures of the Quickest Rising Furry Conference in America”. VICE. Retrieved June 8, 2020.
  8. ^ O’Neil, Ty (June 6, 2017). “PHOTOS: Greatest Little Fur Con Attracts 1000’s to Reno”. This Is Reno. Retrieved June 8, 2020.

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