A pricey last hurrah: What the last night at the Tropicana will cost you

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Looking for that Vegas memory you’ll never get another shot at? A night to remember as the Tropicana Las Vegas shuts down will cost you a small handful of black chips.

Prices that are currently booking for about $130 including taxes and fees are going way up for the night of Monday, April 1. The resort closes on April 2.

But if it’s a bucket-list experience you have to have, be ready to shell out $479 (includes taxes and fees) for a room.

The Trop might have slid on the scale of best places to go as the years went by, but if you ever go to a Las Vegas A’s game, you’ll have a story to tell. The Athletics are scheduled to move into a new stadium at the corner of the Strip and Tropicana Avenue for the 2028 Major League Baseball season. Renderings of the stadium’s design were released on Tuesday.

Be sure to see the signature stained glass interior dome over the casino. There’s no guarantee it will be saved from the wrecking ball.

Stained glass ceiling inside of the Tropicana Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip (KLAS)
Stained glass ceiling inside of the Tropicana Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip (KLAS)

If you get there a day early, you can catch Rich Little at the Laugh Factory on Sunday, March 31. Tickets are just $211 (starting at $77) but they’re going fast. You can see Murray “Murray the Magician” Sawchuck for a bit less.

It’s already too late to see some of the acts that have moved on as closing time nears. MJ LIVE and Purple Reign: The Prince Tribute Show have both closed, with new venues already arranged.

The Tropicana opened on April 4, 1957. The cost at the time: $15 million, the most expensive Las Vegas resort of its time. A second hotel tower was finished in 1986, a $70 million expansion. That also brought the 5-acre pool that set the standard for pools to come. A renovation completed in 2011 carried a pricetag of $180 million, but the resort never recaptured the glamour of the days when Les Folies Bergere — a topless showgirl revue — was among the Strip’s biggest hits. That show closed in 2009 after a 50-year run — the longest-running show in Las Vegas history.

Now, Las Vegas is waiting for details on whether the Trop will be the latest implosion in a long line of spectacular demolitions.

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