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Iconic Tropicana Las Vegas Closes for Good. See Photos Throughout the Years

Tropicana Las Vegas front entrance, 2023

After 67 years, the iconic Tropicana Las Vegas has closed its doors for good.

The property officially shut down Tuesday, April 2, with preparations to demolish to follow, according to the Bally’s Corp. website. Following the demolition, approximately nine acres will be granted to Major League Baseball’s Athletics franchise to construct a proposed $1.5 billion, 30,000-seat stadium, furthering Las Vegas’ transformation into a sports hub. The team plans to move to Vegas from Oakland, California, in 2028. Specific designs and plans are still being finalized.

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Tropicana Las Vegas Through the Years

Tropicana Las Vegas has a storied history in the Silver State city renowned as a global meetings and entertainment hub. Debuting in 1957, the property was first famous for its luxury, earning the nickname “The Tiffany of the Strip” due to being the most expensive hotel-casino built on The Strip at the time. It was also more notoriously known for its early ties to Las Vegas mobsters and organized crime.

Famous faces of Hollywood often graced the hotel halls, including stars Elizabeth Taylor, Rhonda Fleming and more. The glitzy property was also a hangout for the Rat Pack.

More recently, Tropicana Las Vegas stood as a group staple in Las Vegas, offering 100,000 square feet of flexible meeting space and 1,467 guest rooms. 

As we say goodbye to a historic relic of Las Vegas and usher in a new era, travel through time with the Tropicana Las Vegas through some vintage photos in the below slideshow, courtesy of the Las Vegas News Bureau archives.

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Photos of Tropicana Las Vegas Through the Years, Courtesy of the Las Vegas News Bureau

Tropicana front view in 1983
Tropicana ribbon cutting in 1957
Rhonda Fleming at the Tropicana pool in 1957
Front entrance of Tropicana in 1957
Aerial shot of Tropicana in 1961
Tropicana with the Paradise Hotel Casino in background in 1976
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