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Nevada Students to Live in Casino Hotel After Dorm Blast

August 06, 2019
Circus Reno Casino

Nevada students attending the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) will be living in single and double rooms in the non-gambling hotel tower belonging to the Circus Circus casino. UNR signed a US$21.7 million lease agreement on Thursday, 1 August to house 1,300 students. This move comes a year after a natural gas explosion rocked through two UNR dorms in July, forcing them to close.

The gas explosion occurred after the basement boiler room experienced an explosion at Argenta Hall. It damaged the hall’s windows and walls, and caused only minor injuries to eight Nevada students. It also caused damaged to Nye Hall which neighbours Argenta Hall. UNR officials hope that Nevada students will be able to move back into Argenta in August 2020 and Nye Hall in August 2021.

University and Casino Form a Non-Gambling Partnership

The Nevada students will be set up in the non-gambling hotel tower across the street from Circus Circus. President of UNR, Marc Johnson, announced the deal with the casino, which is a subsidiary of Eldorado Resorts. “The university community is fortunate that our longtime community partner Eldorado Resorts understands what the needs of our program are and has agreed to work with us on transitioning their property into a residence space where our students will live, study and thrive,” said Johnson.

The president and COO of Eldorado Resorts, Anthony Carano, said the company is privileged to be working with the university and providing Nevada students a great solution to their housing need. “Eldorado Resorts will do everything within our reach to ensure that Wolf Pack students are provided a quality of living experience,” he said.

Nevada Students to Take up Residence in the West Tower

The university is using their insurance claim to help cover the one-year lease they have with Eldorado Resorts. They will be using the entire west tower to house the Nevada students. They will have a separate entrance with a key-card entry system. Furthermore, the Nevada student will have 24/7 security and shuttle busses to and from campus. Students with cars can make use of the hotel-casino’s parking garages that are already being used by UNR staff and students.

The university and casino have arranged that students will pay the same for these hotel dorms as they would for the campus dorms. Nevada students expecting to start in the fall semester will begin moving in on August 17.