Sammy Hagar, Guy Fieri, Rick Springfield and Governor Steve Sisolak were among the special guests who commemorated the transformation of The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod and the official transition to the iconic property’s new name at a special event last night.

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ASHBA, Rick Springfield, Carrot Top, and Sammy Hagar at The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod
ASHBA, Rick Springfield, Carrot Top, and Sammy Hagar at The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod

The event began with a ribbon-cutting, where Charles Protell, president and chief financial officer and Steve Arcana, executive vice president and chief operations operator of Golden Entertainment, Inc., the parent company of The STRAT, welcomed guests along with the hotel’s vice president and general manager, Stephen Thayer. City of Las Vegas Councilmembers Olivia Diaz and Cedric Crear proclaimed the day, “The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod Day,” on behalf of the City of Las Vegas; and proclamations were presented by Governor Sisolak and Congresswoman Dina Titus on behalf of the State of Nevada.

As the ribbon-cutting ceremony came to an end with Hagar, he was surprised by Fieri, who snuck up behind him. Fieri, who is Hagar’s friend and business partner in Santo Blanco Tequila and Santo Mezquila, was celebrating his birthday. The surprise guest and Food Network favorite unexpectedly showed up just in time to cut the ribbon with the rest of the guests.

In addition to celebrating the transformation of The STRAT, Hagar, Springfield, and Fieri were also celebrating a new partnership with Golden Entertainment for their spirits. Fieri and Hagar are partners in Santo, and during the event, Hagar announced that Springfield is his new partner in Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum. The trio went from the ribbon cutting at The STRAT’s main entrance straight to REMIX Lounge, where they poured shots and drinks for a packed bar full of fans. Fieri was presented with a birthday cake made by Freed’s Bakery of Food Network’s “Vegas Cakes” honoring him and their tequila with “Blondes and Blancos Have More Fun.” Proving the birthday message rings true, Fieri poured Santo Blanco Tequila over the cake and then served it to fans in cocktail glasses.

The group then joined the ‘blue carpet,’ a nod to The STRAT’s new identity, where they joined other celebrities and entertainers for photographs including DJ ASHBA, Carrot Top, special guest hosts Joss Mooney and Rogan O’Connor; professional BMX Rider and TV personality, Ricardo Laguna; the host of Crazy Girls, Dani Elizabeth; Murray The Magician; and the casts of Celestia, the otherworldly new production at The STRAT, FANTASY, Thunder from Down Under and Chippendales.

Hundreds of VIP guests enjoyed a “Taste of The STRAT” with food stations from the property’s award-winning Top of the World restaurant and elevated pub, BLVD & MAIN Taphouse.

Photos Credit: Denise Truscello

ABOUT The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod:

Voted #2 in USA Today’s “Best Las Vegas Casino 2019” category of the 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards, The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod, formerly the Stratosphere, Casino, Hotel & Tower, has introduced a full reinvention of the iconic property since Golden Entertainment, Inc. took ownership in late 2017. Located on the north Strip at the gateway to the Arts District at 2000 S. Las Vegas Blvd., the hotel offers 2,427 guest rooms, including the newly remodeled “Elevate” series rooms and suites, and an 80,000-square-foot casino. The SkyPod, located at the top of the iconic tower at 1,149 feet high, is comprised of Top of the World, serving award-winning cuisine in a 360-degree rotating dining room on the 106th floor; 107 SkyLounge, located on the 107th floor, the Observation Deck, which offers SkyJump Powered by MTN DEW, 108 Eats and 108 Drinks, located on the 108th floor; and thrill rides, located at the top of the tower, including Big Shot, Insanity, and X-Scream. The STRAT’s main floor has recently introduced BLVD & MAIN Taphouse, View Lounge and STRAT Café, each offering chef-driven cuisine; the William Hill Sports Book; and REMIX Lounge. The STRAT offers two resort-style pools, the 21-and-over Radius Pool, located on the rooftop of the 25th floor, open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; and the Elation Pool, with three oversized spas and poolside café, open daily for all ages from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. A variety of shops and entertainment include MJ LIVE, a Michael Jackson tribute show; and L.A. Comedy Club, which showcases up-and-coming stand-up comics. Golden Entertainment, Inc.’s innovative guest loyalty rewards program, True Rewards, is now available at The STRAT and 130+ other locations. Free valet and self-parking are available anytime for all guests. More information is available on their website or by calling 702-380-7777. The STRAT is on social media Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

About Golden Entertainment, Inc.

Golden Entertainment, Inc. owns and operates Golden Gaming, PT’s Entertainment Group, and Golden Route Operations. Golden Gaming’s assets include 10 resort-casinos, including The STRAT Hotel, Casino and SkyPod, Arizona Charlie’s Decatur and Arizona Charlie’s Boulder in Las Vegas; Aquarius Casino Resort, Colorado Belle Hotel & Casino Resort, and Edgewater Hotel & Casino Resort in Laughlin, Nevada.; Rocky Gap Casino Resort in Flintstone, Maryland; Pahrump Nugget Hotel & Casino, Gold Town Casino, and Lakeside Casino & RV Park in Pahrump, Nevada. PT’s Entertainment Group is Nevada’s largest tavern operator with 66 taverns, including PT’s Pub, PT’s Gold, PT’s Ranch, PT’s Brewing Company, Sean Patrick’s, Sierra Gold and SG Bar. Golden Route Operations, one of the largest distributed gaming operations in the nation, operates more than 10,500 gaming devices in more than 1,000 locations across Nevada and Montana. The company operates more than 16,200 gaming devices, 114 table games, 5,168 hotel rooms, and provides jobs for approximately 7,000 employees. Golden Entertainment’s signature guest loyalty rewards program, True Rewards, offers players the opportunity to earn and spend rewards at 130+ locations. More information is available on the company’s website: http://www.goldenent.com/.