Old Mesquite Star gives way to Rising Star

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“A lot of people have talked about doing something like this but very few have actually done it,” Andre Carrier, COO of Eureka Casino Resort said about plans for the Rising Star Sports Ranch Resort taking shape at the old Mesquite Star hotel casino at the I-15 Exit 122 interchange on N. Sandhill Blvd. The Resort begins taking reservations this month with a planned opening in December 2016.

In an exclusive interview and tour of the project with Mesquite Local News, Carrier discussed Phase I of the multi-million dollar renovation for the 16 year-old building that’s been closed much of its existence.

Andre Carrier, center, COO of Rising Star Sports Ranch Resort and Eureka Casino Resort discusses renovation plans of the old Mesquite Star hotel with two construction workers, Ken Howard, left, and Kris Wirth. Photo by Barbara Ellestad.

Andre Carrier, center, COO of Rising Star Sports Ranch Resort and Eureka Casino Resort discusses renovation plans of the old Mesquite Star hotel with two construction workers, Ken Howard, left, and Kris Wirth. Photo by Barbara Ellestad.

“We are beginning with the end in mind and working in phases. In Phase I we are leveraging the investment that already exists in the surrounding sports venues and creating a central headquarters, if you will,” Carrier remarked. “The Rising Star’s location became fortuitous once we decided what to do.”

He was referring to nearby soccer fields, ball fields, golf courses and the Mesquite Rec Center. All those facilities play an important role in the 210-room resort hotel that will host sports tournaments and training camps and will serve as a hub for a wide spectrum of sports activities in the region.

“Unlike other facilities in Southern California, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, and Arizona, all of the sports fields and golf courses in Mesquite are located less than 10 minutes away. We want to create a hotel resort that feeds on that,” he said.

Work on the renovation is progressing at a rapid pace. Fourth floor rooms are already receiving a final coat of paint. Other rooms are filled with construction workers, electricians and plumbers. And the building’s central area has been stripped to bare walls and open ceilings.

Dispelling a myth associated with the old hotel Carrier explained that “the building was quite healthy when we bought it in 2013. It had been maintained very well. We had some water leakage problems in the central area roof but none in the wings that house the rooms.”

Playing off the Rising Star sports theme, Carrier said the hotel will offer two kinds of room configurations designed for teams. Bunkbeds will fill a central room that adjoins ‘chaperone’ rooms on either side and will accommodate as many as 12 athletes. “That way, team members can all sleep in the same room but parents, chaperones, or coaches will be next door.

Roo Arledge, Eureka Director of Food and Beverage, second from right, discusses restaurant plans for the new Rising Star Sports Ranch Resort with consultants. The Rising Star will feature indoor and outdoor dining rooms complete with ‘a full-on traditional Mesquite BBQ.’ Photo by Barbara Ellestad.

Roo Arledge, Eureka Director of Food and Beverage, second from right, discusses restaurant plans for the new Rising Star Sports Ranch Resort with consultants. The Rising Star will feature indoor and outdoor dining rooms complete with ‘a full-on traditional Mesquite BBQ.’ Photo by Barbara Ellestad.

“Other rooms have a dedicated space for teams to gather, strategize, and unwind, complete with bean bag chairs, 50-inch TVs, whiteboard walls and video game consoles. Rooms can be configured to place campers or teammates in one wing of the same floor to allow athletes a great opportunity to interact with one another while allowing easy supervision.”

Rooms designed for golfers will open onto the central backyard where everyone can gather for drinks, relaxation, and camaraderie. We have seven remarkable courses in Mesquite. We want golfers to have as great an experience off the course as they do on the course,” Carrier quipped. “We want to provide different things for different people at different times.”

Perhaps the most spectacular feature of the new resort will be what Carrier calls a ‘backyard in spades.’ Behind the hotel and central to both room wings will be a pool area, barbeque pits, and a patio with shading and seating. But it will have much more than a conventional hotel offers.

“We’ll have tree swings, fire pits, ping pong, basketball and sand volleyball courts, pickle ball courts, horseshoe pits, and even outdoor chess and checkers. We’ll also have a half-size soccer field for training purposes and camps,” Carrier said.

Also planned for the backyard is a 220 foot by 120 foot temporary inflatable field house. If it proves to be popular, a permanent field house will take its place later. “You don’t want to get this wrong,” Carrier remarked explaining the go-slow strategy with the temporary structure.

Describing the resort’s concept even further, Greg Lee, developer of the Rising Star Ranch and CEO of the Eureka Casino Resort said in a written statement, “The resort will meet the needs of the competitive athlete while not ignoring the needs of everyone else traveling with them. A tournament weekend can, and should, be much more than long days on the fields and sidelines. Rising Star will look to create ways for Mom or Dad to sneak in a round of golf and the whole family to get some time by the pool.”

Also giving the old hotel a fresh new look will be an outside façade renovation complete with a new entrance facing I-15. “That will be the last part of the makeover,” Carrier said. “We’ll still have an entrance on Sandhill Blvd but we’re referring to that as the ‘front porch.’ Teams will gather there to load onto buses, vans, and cars.”

The central area of the old Mesquite Star will be renovated into a 7,000-plus-square-foot meeting space and convention area in the Rising Star Sports Ranch Resort when it opens in December 2016. Photo by Barbara Ellestad.

The central area of the old Mesquite Star will be renovated into a 7,000-plus-square-foot meeting space and convention area in the Rising Star Sports Ranch Resort when it opens in December 2016. Photo by Barbara Ellestad.

As part of the design phase, Carrier explained that “we created a Board of Advisors from different sports who are coaches, trainers, and camp directors to tell us what they want in a sports resort. We are the platform not the provider. We want to make their travel and stay experience seamless by providing what they want and need in all facets.”

“We are committed to creating the best sporting experience for athletes, coaches, parents and families,” Lee said. “In the end, time is the greatest commodity. For a certain number of us, travel teams and tournaments consume a lot of time.  What the Ranch is about is creating a place that allows you to make the most of the time you have invested, by allowing you to enjoy the time you have together. ”

“We are going to work hard to make this a special place.  Not just a place to train and launch some great star athletes and leaders, but to make some great memories as well,” Carrier said.

 

Comments

  1. Hope they put in some family friendly restaurants and a video game room. Whole facility should be smoke-free, too.

  2. Awesome, simply awesome! The Eureka is SO innovative, selfless! They think out of the box every day and this concept and design will put a big star on the map for Mesquite! Congratulations Eureka—you have outdone yourself, if that is actually possible, again!

  3. Did you say Pickle Ball Courts? Hooray!! We had 30 people today in the rec center playing pickle ball. This is a fast growing sport and Eureka is extremely forward thinking to include some courts in the plans for the Ranch. Thanks Eureka.

  4. Lois Clayton says:

    I hope they have some family friendly restraunts in a smoke free enviroment that the locals can use as well.

  5. Desert Walker says:

    Out of the Ball Park! You have just hit the ball out of the Ball Park! What a great idea and a great boost for all of Mesquite! Wonderful! Printing this article now and handing it to several Softball teams!

  6. Gary Culver says:

    How many Pickleball Courts? Mesquite Senior Games would need at least 8 to improve on the venue at Sun City, allowing larger tournaments.

  7. Maggie Calhoun says:

    Hope the meeting space will be configured for the local meetings and civic gatherings that we also need here. Off season small conventions and seminars would all enjoy a welcoming venue. Thanks, Eureka Family for thinking about the Mesquite Community.

  8. Martin Locke says:

    The Eureka family is just great!!!

  9. We live in Nevada — PLEASE DROP the word RANCH from the name!

    • RUTH, we live in the 21st century, please go back to the 18th century with such an old fashioned name like RUTH!

  10. jane sugden says:

    This is great news. Mesquite gets its own fitness club and now a whole resort for sport’s. What a big plus for the city and it gives me great hope for the future of our community. Thumbs up

    • The mesquite fitness club is amazing i just joined. and i think the rising star will be great too. Feels good to know mesquite is on the right path again.

  11. Great news for the Mesquite community. Will there be timeshare for travelers?

  12. Cant wait..Andre is the best.

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