Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020 | 2 a.m.
Circa Resort Media Preview

The last time a casino in downtown Las Vegas was built from the ground up, Muhammad Ali was stepping into the boxing ring with Larry Holmes at Caesars Palace.

When the Sundance — later Fitzgerald’s and now The D Las Vegas — opened, a T-bone steak dinner in the coffee shop was $3.95 and cars were still cruising what is now the Fremont Street Experience.

That was circa 1980.

Forty years later, the next downtown casino to rise from an empty desert lot is set to open Wednesday. Fittingly, it is called Circa, a $1 billion tribute to bygone eras in the evolution of Sin City.