The Stardust will always hold a special place in our heart.
It was the first hotel we stayed in during our first Las Vegas visit. Our first craps game happened at Stardust.
We can still remember the sounds, the decor, the smells.
The Stardust was imploded 10 years ago, on March 13, 2007.
The quintessential Las Vegas resort opened on July 2, 1958. It was purchased by Boyd Gaming in 1985. Stardust closed on Nov. 1, 2006.
Before it was acquired by Boyd Gaming, Stardust had a reputation for being mobbed up. It eventually became the inspiration for the movie “Casino.”
One of our favorite parts of the Stardust was the sign. The iconic sign, designed by Kermit Wayne, was made up of dozens of Googie stars. The sign also featured 7,100 feet of neon and 11,000 bulbs.
The implosion of Stardust is bittersweet because it was taken down to make way for another construction project, Echelon Place, which never materialized. Construction at the Echelon site was halted in 2008, a victim of the economic downturn.
Here’s a look at the implosion of the Stardust.
Even if it does, our memory of Stardust will loom large over the site.
The implosion of Stardust led to our creation of the only iron-clad rule in Las Vegas: If you knock something wonderful down, you have to replace it with something even more wonderful.
No pressure, Resorts World.