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Monarch Casino Garage Demolition Fact Sheet

What’s happening?

  • Monarch Casino Black Hawk garage demolition makes room for world-class 23-story hotel and spa, part of a $400 million dollar, four-diamond resort development plan

  • The building is approximately 60 feet tall 5 stories

  • The parking garage was built in 1997

About Black Hawk

  • Black Hawk is transforming from a day-trip destination into a premiere resort town with year-round attractions like scenic hiking and biking trails and breweries. These new elements will give visitors more reasons to come and stay, along with the chance to win thousands from cutting-edge slot machines, the newest poker games, roulette, craps and blackjack tables.

  • Black Hawk and Central City casinos add nearly $99 million in gaming taxes to the state economy each year.

  • Black Hawk is only 40 miles from downtown Denver. It takes less than an hour to get there.

About the Monarch Casino Hotel & Spa

  • In April 2012, Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc. acquire Riviera Black Hawk. Riviera Black Hawk Casino opened in 2000, and is the first casino encountered by visitors arriving from Denver on Highway 119.

  • It’s estimated that the new resort and spa will add an additional 1,000 new full time positions to the Black Hawk/Central City area.

  • Construction on the new hotel will start in 6 weeks.

  • The hotel will take 28 months to complete.

  • Colorado Casinos generate roughly $100 million in taxes for the state per year, the vast majority from Black Hawk but we know that more than $300 million in gaming revenues are going to other locations like Las Vegas. We want to keep more of that revenue in Colorado. It will translate into more jobs and more taxes helping all our gaming tax funding beneficiaries like the Community Colleges, History Colorado and the Colorado Tourism Office, to name a few.

Demolition Details

  • Monarch Casino Black Hawk hired the world-renowned Mark Loizeaux of Controlled Demolition, Inc. to oversee the implosion. Loizeaux is a leading global expert in demolition whose family has been in the business more than six decades. Notable demolition projects they’ve managed include the iconic Dunes Casino and the Landmark Tower in Las Vegas.

  • Demolition entails:

    • 303 pounds of explosives on 5 floors

    • Explosives in 577 locations

    • 4500 lineal feet of detonation cord

    • 797 separate blasting caps

    • Building is wrapped in Geotextile Fabric to reduce small particles from escaping into the creek or the air

  • Controlled Demolition, Inc. holds a safety meeting each morning to help protect workers, the public and the environment

  • Controlled Demolition, Inc. has imploded 8,000 structures around the world over 70 years.

  • It will take 10-15 seconds to implode the entire building.

Building Wrap/Environmental Protection

  • Controlled Demolition, Inc. recommended that the garage be wrapped in Geotextile Fabric as an extra layer of protection for the buildings, neighbors and Clear Creek.

  • The Geotextile Wrap reduces small particles from escaping into the creek or the air

  • The implosion will create 18,000 tons of debris. 90% of the debris will be recycled and used for backfill material.

Auction to Benefit Gilpin County Food Bank

  • Monarch Casino Black Hawk auctioned off the ceremonial button push to kick off the garage implosion. The casino matched the $160 winning bid from Tony Carnesi, CEO of Keller Williams - DTC for a total donation of $320 to the Gilpin County Food Bank.

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About Monarch Casino Resort Spa

Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc. acquired the Monarch Casino Black Hawk, the first casino encountered by visitors arriving from Denver on Highway 119, in April 2012. The first phase of the property’s expansion occurred in November 2020, including the opening of the first 8 floors of a brand new 23-story hotel tower, featuring 200 hotel rooms. The expansion now pushes Monarch’s casino space over 60,000 square feet, featuring over 900 slot machines, table games (temporarily closed due to COVID-19 restrictions), a 350 seat buffet-style restaurant, a 24-hour restaurant, grab and go coffee stand, 5,000 square feet of conference space and a parking structure with approximately 1,350 parking spaces. Once completed, the Monarch Casino Resort Spa expansion will include a 23-story hotel tower with 516 guest rooms and suites, an upscale spa and pool facility, five total restaurants, additional bars and associated support facilities.

About Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc.

Monarch Casino & Resort, Inc. (NASDAQ: MCRI), was incorporated in 1993 and through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, owns and operates the four diamond Atlantis Casino Resort Spa in Reno, Nevada, and the Monarch Casino Black Hawk (formerly the Riviera Black Hawk Casino) in Black Hawk, Colorado, approximately 40 miles west of Denver. For additional information, visit

Monarch Casino Resort Spa
488 Main Street
Black Hawk, CO 80422