New Vegas boss tapped to bring more visitors downtown away from strip

Posted Monday, November 24, 2003 11:06 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Former president of Six Flags Magic Mountain, Joe Schillaci, will assume the role of CEO of the Las Vegas Fremont Street Experience with the new year. He's charged with the task of bringing more visitors downtown and away from the strip, a job he compares to his Six Flags experience and the competition of Disney and Universal Studios.

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Monday, November 24, 2003 4:45 PM
Soggy's avatar Personally, I think Freemont Street is better than the Strip anyway. Maybe there are no coasters downtown, but rooms are cheaper, game tables are more liberal, slots are looser, and they seem to have a more personal vibe.

I tend put coasters on the back burner for my numerous Vegas trips anyway, so maybe that's why downtown appeals to me. If they replace the canopy with those LED screens, that would make the show 100 times better. I always thought that although impressive, the canopy show was never as cool as it could be.

Monday, November 24, 2003 7:05 PM
janfrederick's avatar Extend the monorail? Is it planned to go up the strip that far?
Monday, November 24, 2003 7:20 PM
Jeff's avatar I think the monorail is a serious issue. As it stands now, I see it being the single greatest improvement to the strip because it kills the need for cabs when you need to get from Luxor to Stratosphere. If you don't have a car, getting around is the biggest barrier you have to get downtown.
Monday, November 24, 2003 8:05 PM
the monorail extension to downtown has been not sure when construction on that leg will begin...i imagine it will be after the initial route opens early next year...
Tuesday, November 25, 2003 1:02 PM
CPLady's avatar I agree with Soggy. My husband and I, and the friends who generally accompany us, all prefer downtown to the strip for the same reasons stated above, as well as less kiddies and strollers.

The Golden Nugget is like home to us, and the Main Street Station buffet is one of Las Vegas' best. We prefer to stay downtown and visit the strip.


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