Lagasse’s Stadium Sports Bar Closes Permanently at Palazzo

A popular sports bar and restaurant, Lagasse’s Stadium at Palazzo, has confirmed it has closed permanently.

The venue never reopened after it was shut down, along with the rest of Las Vegas, in mid-March 2020, due to the COVID-19 crisis.

You remember COVID-19. Mother Nature’s biggest wet blanket, possibly ever.

Lagasse's Stadium

Lagasse’s Stadium had 100 HD TVs, about five more than the typical Las Vegas sports bar. Photo courtesy of The Venetian.

Lagasse’s Stadium opened at Palazzo in 2009. It was one of the few venues in Las Vegas we can’t recall ever having visited, probably due to the risk of being high-fived against our will.

Lagasse’s Stadium was recognized as one of the best sports bars in Las Vegas, but chances are the rent was just too damned high given the uncertainty around the COVID crisis.

It’s also challenging to do a massive sports venue at the moment when there aren’t many actual, you know, sports happening. No, golf isn’t a sport. Ditto UFC.

Licensing deals with celebrity chefs is popular in Las Vegas, but those fees can take a chunk out of the profit for a casino resort.

Emeril Lagasse

Vegas is one third less Emeril.

For example, Gordon Ramsay’s deal with Caesars Entertainment gives the “Hell’s Kitchen” star five percent of gross sales of his restaurants, up to $10 million. Sales in the $10-15 million range earn 5.5%, and sales of more than $15 million result in a 6% cut. Emeril’s deal with Las Vegas Sands (owner of Venetian) is probably similar.

There’s no word yet on what might replace Lagasse’s Stadium, or when.

Venetian

This will win you a bar bet: That’s the Rialto Bridge.

Lagasse’s Stadium was one of three Emeril Lagasse-branded restaurants on The Strip. The others are Delmonico Steakhouse at the Venetian and Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House at MGM Grand. They don’t appear to be jeopardy.

If we could be done with all the bad news, that’d be great.

6 thoughts on “Lagasse’s Stadium Sports Bar Closes Permanently at Palazzo

  1. charles murray

    Thanks for all your updates. Your a REAL PRO. I Sure would like to try the Delmonico Steakhouse at some point. [next time i get to vegas]. I have been wondering about the Irish Pub thats is between LUXOR And Mandalay Bay it sits on an area that has stores . FANTASTIC PLACE TO HAVE FISH AND CHIPS. AND GREAT IRISH MUSIC. And great Beer.The Service has been way off the charts Good.

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  2. Warren

    I went there several times over the years and generally enjoyed it. However the nature of the business and its prices worked against it. If you went on a Friday night in July to watch MLB, you practically had the place to yourself. However if you visited on a football weekend in the fall, the place was packed and table minimums were sky high. If a place can charge top dollar prices only 40-50 days a year, can it make enough to get by the other 300+ days?

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  3. FYMYAWF

    Only went in a couple times but the food was solid and obviously a sports lover’s dream. Kind of a tough location though, down in the “basement” like that. Had it been on the actual casino floor it might have been killing it, but a decade’s a hell of a run in Vegas. A cool venue bites the COVID dust though. Have to wonder how many more will suffer the same fate.

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  4. John

    Can you confirm big layoffs this week at Scientific Games? Also hearing Aristocrat mulling another round? Suppliers to the casino industry seem like they have a brutal road ahead … casinos not going to be buying $20K slot machines for the foreseeable future.

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  5. Davehat

    3 of Chef Lagasse’s restaurants have closed the last few years. He’s not doing well (compared to other chefs that were opening new spots),

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