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    Everything Las Vegas Issue # 853

    The News and Entertaiment

    Delano Las Vegas Offers First Look At Elevated Hotel Experience



    Fusing the chic style of the iconic South Beach brand with the vibrant energy of the Las Vegas Strip, Delano Las Vegas will come to life at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino later this year and is now accepting room reservations for stays beginning Sept. 1 via delanolasvegas.com or 877-632-5400.

    Anchored by intimate yet energetic public spaces and sophisticated accommodations, the non-smoking, all-suite boutique hotel will appeal to the most discerning travelers from around the globe. At Delano Las Vegas, guests will discover a blend of personalized service and effortless luxury coupled with unexpected elements of individuality and high-concept design.

    “Delano guests will be wowed by the introduction of this very special destination,” said Matthew Chilton, general manager of Delano Las Vegas. “Dynamic public spaces will serve as social hubs where guests will want to linger and socialize while the clean design of the suites will create a quiet escape.”

    Blending eclectic details to create an atmosphere that is playful and filled with energy, the stylish public spaces will be highlighted by a sleek new lobby featuring three distinct social spaces – a unique coffee bar, sophisticated lounge and café concept. Upstairs and away from the action, Delano’s 1,100 guest suites will provide a luxurious retreat.

    Public Spaces
    A Grand Arrival. As guests approach Delano Las Vegas’ expansive stone entry and wood-slatted gate, they will encounter an extraordinary divided boulder from the Nevada desert, certain to become a signature element of the hotel. Guests will venture down a striking walkway featuring colors and textures inspired by the layered landscape of the Mojave Desert, inviting them to drift further into Delano Las Vegas’ alluring escape.

    The Journey Begins. Entering through an oversized etched wooden doorway, guests will see an inviting pathway of stone surrounded by towering columns enveloped in Delano’s iconic white sheers and statement mirrors. At the end of the corridor, a stunning piece of artwork comprised of small rocks suspended from the ceiling with a sculpted opening will reveal a glimpse of what lies beyond. A sleek black reception desk highlighted by a golden patchwork art piece overhead will welcome guests.

    Sunrise to Sunset. Situated just off the main lobby, 3940 Coffee + Tea will provide guests with a space to meet and mingle from day to night. The bar will serve gourmet coffee and tea from Grand Avenue Specialty Coffee, a company dedicated to providing a superior coffee and artisanal tea experience. Fresh squeezed juices and breakfast pastries such as warm scones, savory and sweet crepes, and cronuts with house-made jams will be served throughout the morning. Each afternoon, a tea cart will offer the finest selection of loose-leaf tea served alongside traditional accompaniments like petite pastries and finger sandwiches.

    In the evening, guests at 3940 will enjoy craft cocktails, wine and beer complemented by signature small plates featuring organic, sustainable and locally sourced ingredients. The space will feature mid-century modern furniture, plush sofas, communal seating and an inviting marble fireplace. Inspired by the shaded area of a sun-drenched desert, the ceiling will boast a unique lighting feature that illuminates the space with a patterned glow.

    Urban Kitchen, Classic Comforts. Located just steps from the Delano lobby, a new culinary destination will blend natural design elements with industrial materials to exude a warm, comfortable simplicity that quietly entices guests to savor each bite and treasure every encounter. Creating an essence of “historic farmhouse meets urban kitchen,”... read more
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    The News and Entertaiment

    Delano Las Vegas Offers First Look At Elevated Hotel Experience



    Fusing the chic style of the iconic South Beach brand with the vibrant energy of the Las Vegas Strip, Delano Las Vegas will come to life at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino later this year and is now accepting room reservations for stays beginning Sept. 1 via delanolasvegas.com or 877-632-5400.

    Anchored by intimate yet energetic public spaces and sophisticated accommodations, the non-smoking, all-suite boutique hotel will appeal to the most discerning travelers from around the globe. At Delano Las Vegas, guests will discover a blend of personalized service and effortless luxury coupled with unexpected elements of individuality and high-concept design.

    “Delano guests will be wowed by the introduction of this very special destination,” said Matthew Chilton, general manager of Delano Las Vegas. “Dynamic public spaces will serve as social hubs where guests will want to linger and socialize while the clean design of the suites will create a quiet escape.”

    Blending eclectic details to create an atmosphere that is playful and filled with energy, the stylish public spaces will be highlighted by a sleek new lobby featuring three distinct social spaces – a unique coffee bar, sophisticated lounge and café concept. Upstairs and away from the action, Delano’s 1,100 guest suites will provide a luxurious retreat.

    Public Spaces
    A Grand Arrival. As guests approach Delano Las Vegas’ expansive stone entry and wood-slatted gate, they will encounter an extraordinary divided boulder from the Nevada desert, certain to become a signature element of the hotel. Guests will venture down a striking walkway featuring colors and textures inspired by the layered landscape of the Mojave Desert, inviting them to drift further into Delano Las Vegas’ alluring escape.

    The Journey Begins. Entering through an oversized etched wooden doorway, guests will see an inviting pathway of stone surrounded by towering columns enveloped in Delano’s iconic white sheers and statement mirrors. At the end of the corridor, a stunning piece of artwork comprised of small rocks suspended from the ceiling with a sculpted opening will reveal a glimpse of what lies beyond. A sleek black reception desk highlighted by a golden patchwork art piece overhead will welcome guests.

    Sunrise to Sunset. Situated just off the main lobby, 3940 Coffee + Tea will provide guests with a space to meet and mingle from day to night. The bar will serve gourmet coffee and tea from Grand Avenue Specialty Coffee, a company dedicated to providing a superior coffee and artisanal tea experience. Fresh squeezed juices and breakfast pastries such as warm scones, savory and sweet crepes, and cronuts with house-made jams will be served throughout the morning. Each afternoon, a tea cart will offer the finest selection of loose-leaf tea served alongside traditional accompaniments like petite pastries and finger sandwiches.

    In the evening, guests at 3940 will enjoy craft cocktails, wine and beer complemented by signature small plates featuring organic, sustainable and locally sourced ingredients. The space will feature mid-century modern furniture, plush sofas, communal seating and an inviting marble fireplace. Inspired by the shaded area of a sun-drenched desert, the ceiling will boast a unique lighting feature that illuminates the space with a patterned glow.

    Urban Kitchen, Classic Comforts. Located just steps from the Delano lobby, a new culinary destination will blend natural design elements with industrial materials to exude a warm, comfortable simplicity that quietly entices guests to savor each bite and treasure every encounter. Creating an essence of “historic farmhouse meets urban kitchen,” ...
    by Published on 06-26-2014 07:36 AM
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    Is LVH about to become a vacation timeshare property?
    By: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    Rumors are racing that the former Las Vegas Hilton resort that became the non-noticeable LVH (Las Vegas Hotel) is about to undergo a dramatic change by month’s end with Westgate timeshare mogul David Siegel taking over the off-Strip property.


    Two separate sources and American Resort Development Association insiders say that he’s just about wrapped up a deal to convert the former home of Elvis Presley’s appearances into a massive timeshare operation.

    David is known here for his Westgate Resorts timeshare properties and his one-time ownership of the former Planet Hollywood Towers. During the economic recession that pummeled timeshare operators, David lost that to Hilton Grand Vacations. If he gets LVH for July 1, that brings an ironic twist to the business circle.

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    Sassy NeNe Leakes to begin guest run in ‘Zumanity’ at New York-New York
    Celine Dion looks ahead to 1,000th performance at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace

    Reality TV star NeNe Leakes (“The Real Housewives of Atlanta”) is bringing the drama of her often-controversial TV appearances to a run of 10 “Zumanity” shows.

    It’s part of the 10th anniversary celebrations of the show, and Cirque du Soleil officials have told me that if successful, it will herald other guest stars and new cast and routine changes into its second decade.

    Nene, who appeared as a stripper in the 2003 Cuba Gooding and Beyonce film “The Fighting Temptations,” starts her guest-hosting role Friday night, but this evening I’ll chat with NeNe after I watch her rehearsals as the erotic Edie, Mistress of Sensuality, in Cirque’s sexy, adult-centric show at New York-New York.

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    Not Until May 2015, Rock In Rio Already Sending Vegas Hotel Rates Soaring
    From: www.vegaschatter.com



    he dates for the Las Vegas (also the US) debut of Rock in Rio, one of the world's biggest music festivals, have been floating around on the Internet.

    Set to fall over two consecutive weekends in May 2015, the exact dates will be May 8-9 and May 15-16. After examining rate calendars for MGM Resorts, erm, resorts (the company will be the official host of the landmark event and is building a City of Rock for it across from SLS Las Vegas), it looks like pricing is already being impacted with Bellagio at a starting rate of $599 for one of those nights while Circus Circus checks in at the $250 a night range.

    Out of curiosity, we expanded our rate check search to see how other non-MGM Resorts hotels were shaping up. A check of SLS found a starting rate of $464 for all four nights of Rock in Rio. Stratosphere, on the other hand, is at $233 each of those nights. Meanwhile, Wynn begins at $529 for Rock in Rio's first weekend while Venetian starts at $399.

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    Celine Dion looks ahead to 1,000th performance at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    Whether superstar Caesars Palace headliner Celine Dion forgot to mention — or chose to omit — from onstage Tuesday night that it was her 200th show at the Colosseum, executives behind-the-scenes are already planning an over-the-top celebration for a bigger upcoming milestone.

    Tuesday night’s 200th show added to the 717 shows Celine performed from opening night in 2003 through the wrap of “A New Day …” in 2007, bringing the total to an astounding 917 performances at the venue built for the Canadian chanteuse.

    By the time her current summer appearances end Aug. 31, Celine will be closing in on the magical milestone number of 1,000.

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    Celine by the numbers: How 917 turns into half a billion
    BY: JohnKatsliomentes/Las Vegas Sun

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    DETAILS LEAK FOR A SKYSCRAPING DREAM IN DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS
    BY: Erin Ryan/Las Vegas Weekly



    In January, Big Daddy Carlos Adley hinted at what he and his partners envisioned for the next phase of 601 Fremont in the Downtown core. He said that with Backstage Bar & Billiards and Fremont Country Club established, plans could move forward for a "second story"—i.e. a convention center, boutique hotel and streaming entertainment network offering everything from a live concert feed to MMA fights and gaming.

    Thanks to a source involved in the project, we have a first look at this rendering of what the corner of Sixth and Fremont could become. Architecturally spearheaded by Ziad Khan of Langdon Wilson International (the firm designed the Federal Building Downtown as well as Tahiti Village on the Strip), the planned tower is reportedly 40 stories tall, with 200 live-work spaces and 200 more devoted to high-end hospitality. Inside, the hotel’s aesthetic will be crisp white with tinges of rock ’n’ roll, like Anvil casing details amid polished marble and glittering chandeliers. Under the tower, a 50,000-square-foot convention center will cantilever over the existing property. And on Sixth Street, a porte cochère will replace the old parking lot.

    Our source says ground studies are nearing completion on the project, which will cost around $150 million and be formally announced sometime in the next 90 days. If green-lighted by the City of Las Vegas, the tower could be ready for tenants and guests within the next two years. It's tentatively called "The Central," echoing the name of the network that will precede it. That project is expected to go live within the next year, and combines the firepower of nightlife impresario Big Daddy Carlos Adley and his wife and business partner Ava Berman, music promoter Michael Chugg, MMA veteran Dave Brock, TLC Casino Enterprises CEO Terry Caudill and Trifecta Entertainment CEO Hank Cohen to offer on-demand, niche entertainment experiences.

    http://lasvegasweekly.com/as-we-see-...own-las-vegas/

    Opening-night fun at Giada: TV star chef’s first restaurant is a big winner at the Cromwell
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    The verdict is in on the Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis’ beautiful new restaurant Giada at the just-opened Cromwell boutique hotel at center Strip.

    I was among the first diners Tuesday night, and I joined in the raves for the food, presentation, service and the venue’s charming ambiance. It’s a big winner in every sense of the word.

    Here’s a video posted on YouTube from Monday night’s VIP pre-opening party thanks to Christopher Rauschnot @24kMedia on Twitter.

    To ensure that her kitchen was running at top speed without hiccups, Giada herself was on the line cooking up a storm and even ran out to the dining room to deliver platters to surprised diners.

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    by Published on 05-30-2014 11:05 AM
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    New Cosmopolitan owners reveal plans for their recently acquired Strip hotel
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    The New York real-estate bankers who have committed $1.7 billion to purchase the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas celebrated the deal over Memorial Day Weekend at Victor Drai’s new Drai’s Beach Club and Nightclub atop the Cromwell boutique hotel at center Strip.

    The execs with the realty investment fund Blackstone told me that it’s not their first foray into Las Vegas. In addition to a previously unknown equity position in the Cromwell and Drai’s Beach Club and Nightclub, they also have made a substantial billion-dollar-plus investment separately in Caesars Entertainment.

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    Cirque’s ‘Michael Jackson One’ at Mandalay Bay to offer Sunday matinees beginning June 29
    BY: Don Chareunsy/Las Vegas Sun

    Cirque du Soleil announced this morning that its popular “Michael Jackson One” at Mandalay Bay will begin offering 4:30 p.m. Sunday matinee performances June 29 that will continue through year’s end.

    The 7 p.m. Sunday performance will remain unchanged (that’s a quick turnaround!). Tickets for the new Sunday matinee performances, the show’s only matinee performance, go on sale this morning at 10.

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    CENTER OF THE ACTION
    STROLL INTO THE LINQ AND IMMERSE YOURSELF IN A UNIQUE COLLECTION OF VENUES

    BY MATT KELEMEN/Las Vegas Magazine



    It’s easy to locate The Linq. Its macro observation wheel, the Las Vegas High Roller, rises 550 feet into the sky from the east end of the newly built promenade situated between the Flamingo and The Quad. The High Roller can be seen 24/7, unlike the Luxor’s beacon of light that beams upward into the nighttime sky, and provides a directional landmark for the mid-Strip area as well as indicating which way to walk to get to concerts at Brooklyn Bowl. Once at The Linq, it’s possible to spend an entire day shopping, dining by the slice or with a sit-down open-air view, and enjoying a drink while listening to live music, but a visit to The Linq isn’t complete without a slow journey into the sky.

    The High Roller was recognized by Guinness World Records as being the world’s tallest observation wheel upon its opening in April. It’s 107 feet taller than the 15-year-old London Eye, and is higher that the Singapore Flyer and Star of Nanchang. Statistics can’t relate the experience of the High Roller, which begins by taking in the massive white supports, wheel spokes and passenger pods from the ground. The journey from entry to boarding platform is fast and the pods never stop moving, but there is plenty of time to safely board.

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    Happy-go-lucky songs and love mesh in ‘Mamma Mia!’ at Tropicana
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    “Mamma Mia!” is ABBA’s fun, feel-good, forget-your-troubles smash-hit musical, and it’s back rocking the Strip. After watching it in London, New York and Las Vegas since it began its global trek 15 years ago in my old home country, I’ve finally figured out its secret to success.

    If you proposed the idea of taking syrupy pop songs from four Swedish spandex-clad musicians and weaving them to form a story about a wedding day search for the father of a bride from three possible lotharios, security would call for men in white jackets.

    If you took the world’s leading accountants and bet the vaults of the Bank of England saying more than 50 million people would watch that wacky premise and pay more than $2 billion at the box office for the privilege, you’d be locked up faster than you could shout “Money, Money, Money.”

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    Britney Spears is offered $12 million one-year extension at Planet Hollywood; 30+ shows added
    BY: John Katsliomentes/Las Vegas Sun

    Britney Spears is delivering where it counts — at the box office — in her “Britney: Piece of Me” residency at Axis Theater at Planet Hollywood.

    Announced today by Caesars Entertainment, parent company of Planet Hollywood, are the addition of more than 30 dates in August, September, October, November, New Year’s Eve weekend and February. Tickets to those shows go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday (go to Planet Hollywood's website for details).

    In a story published Sunday by the New York Daily News, the pop star has reportedly been offered $12 million to extend her residency at the renovated, 4,500-seat theater through the end of 2016. However, Caesars officials are not confirming the financial terms or discussion of that one-year extension.

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    Your guide to the Linq — for tourists and locals
    BY: Andrea Dominick/Las Vegas Sun

    The High Roller is lit and spinning, and beneath its 28 glowing gondolas, the sidewalks and storefronts of the Linq are slowly filling with life.

    Caesars Entertainment’s $550 million entertainment district celebrated its grand opening in late February, but waves of retailers and restaurants are rolling out through spring. Next up is the Tilted Kilt, a Scottish- and Irish-themed sports pub that launched at the Rio in 2003. The nightlife spot brings its famous Kilt Girls to the Linq on May 22.

    Who else has moved into the Linq? For those who haven't visited it yet, here's a guide to the outdoor plaza's more than 30 vendors.

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    BOB SAGET, BEN FOLDS ALONG WITH TOP CHEF MASTERS AND A SURPRISE HEADLINING COMEDIAN BRING COOL COMEDY - HOT CUISINE TO LAS VEGAS ON JUNE 5

    In its 26th year, Cool Comedy – Hot Cuisine (CCHC) comes to Las Vegas for the first time, bringing the Scleroderma Research Foundation’s (SRF) signature fundraiser event to the House of Blues inside Mandalay Bay Hotel & Casino. On Thursday, June 5, comedian and SRF Board Member Bob Saget will host an evening of comedy, live music with special guest Ben Folds and exquisite cuisine, prepared by celebrated Vegas chefs and Top Chef Masters personalities Susan Feniger, Mary Sue Milliken and Rick Moonen.

    Bringing this event to Las Vegas from its traditional entertainment and culinary capitals of Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York, the SRF will host its signature fundraiser event where celebrity chefs, comedians, and musical guests come together for a night of entertainment to raise funds and spread awareness ...
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    Green Valley Ranch Resort to Invest $20 million in new offerings and renovations

    Station Casinos LLC will invest $20 million over the next year in Green Valley Ranch Resort by introducing a new lineup of four acclaimed restaurant and bar concepts, as well as enhancing other venues and amenities within the AAA Four Diamond award-winning property in Henderson. New concepts include Mercadito, Tippling Hall, Pizza Rock and Tony’s Slice House.

    The news comes on the heels of Station Casinos recent announcement that its other luxury resort, Red Rock Resort, will undergo a $35 million investment, bringing a total of $55 million in capital improvements and new offerings to both resorts.

    Highlights of the $20 million reinvestment include:

    Mercadito Green Valley Ranch: The Sandoval brothers of Chicago are doubling down in Southern Nevada and with Station Casinos by bringing their award-winning authentic and creative Mexican cuisine to both Green Valley Ranch Resort and Red Rock Resort. With a menu that expertly blends traditional Mexican fare with creative interpretations of local and seasonal ingredients, Mercadito is modeled after the markets Chef/Partner Patricio Sandoval shopped at while growing up in his native Mexico including handmade corn masa tortillas used for tacos, ceviches, guacamoles and salsas to name a few. Creative variations of classic cocktails, incorporating Mexican ingredients and an extensive tequila list will be featured as part of an extensive beverage program. Mercadito was named by Zagat in 2013 as one of “America’s Hottest Mexican Restaurants" and was recognized by USA Today for serving one of the “country’s ten best margaritas.”

    Tippling Hall: Part of Mercadito Hospitality, Tippling Hall will provide a spirited and comfortable atmosphere along with a beverage program designed to embrace the culture of drinking rituals from across the globe. Renowned as trendsetters in the beverage industry, Tad Carducci and Paul Tanguay- the Tippling Bros. – will open the new concept in Chicago this summer and bring the second location to Green Valley Ranch Resort to showcase a collage of beverages with innovative and creative presentations to create a temple to all things alcohol. From unique kegged cocktails to traditional brews, Tippling Hall has a drink for everyone paired with a menu of globally inspired comfort food crafted by Chef/Partner Guillermo Tellez.

    Pizza Rock: 11-time World Pizza Champion Tony Gemignani is bringing a second location of his popular Pizza Rock concept to Southern Nevada. It will feature classic Italian entrees, pasta, gourmet pizzas in a variety of styles, hand-crafted artisan cocktails and an extensive imported beer and wine list; all served up in an artistic and energetic atmosphere. Tony and his restaurants have received critical acclaim in the pages of USA Today, SAVEUR, FORBES, Men’s Health and Food Arts and he has appeared as a guest on shows such as TODAY, Good Morning America, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Rachael Ray. Recent accolades include: Eater Las Vegas - Winner Best Pizza 2014 and Eater National - One of the 21 Hottest Pizza Places in the U.S.

    Slice House by Tony Gemignani: A casual venue to try slices of Tony Gemignani’s world-famous New York, Sicilian, and California style pizzas along with calzones, strombolis, paninis, baked ziti, seasonal salads, meatball subs, sausages and peppers.

    Electronic marquee sign: A new modern marquee featuring a 30-foot electronic LED screen as well as a six-foot LED message ticker has replaced the static marquee facing the Clark County 215 beltway.

    Keno Lounge: a 16 seat live Keno lounge by the Grand Café with Keno boards conveniently placed throughout the casino recently opened. The Keno Lounge is open from 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. daily.

    Additional enhancements:
    Several property enhancements will include the addition of a wedding suite as well as refreshes to nearly 300 guest rooms that comprise the resort's East Tower, the 30,000 square foot Spa at Green Valley Ranch Resort, some ...
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    Fremont Street Experience’s SlotZilla zip line open
    By F. ANDREW TAYLOR/LVRJ

    It’s one thing to enjoy the over-the-top signs in Las Vegas. It’s quite another thing to climb up inside one and jump off.

    SlotZilla, the zip line through the Fremont Street Experience that launches from a 12-story slot-machine-themed platform, opened to the public at noon Sunday. Every time period for the ride sold out on its first day.

    The operators had hoped to do the final testing on Friday, moving up from sending dummies down the ride to sending friends and family of the staff, but high winds pushed that back to Saturday.

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    A sneak peek at the contemporary and breathtaking Cromwell at center Strip
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun

    Fans of Barbary Coast and Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon aren’t going to recognize the new jewel-box boutique hotel Cromwell Las Vegas that has risen from its shell. This is no “lipstick on a pig” conversion. This is a total transformation, and its new look is contemporary and breathtaking.

    That’s even before star chef Giada De Laurentiis moves in to open her first-ever restaurant and before nightlife czar Victor Drai officially opens the first-ever, two-level, rooftop dayclub and nightclub. And wait till you explore Curios.

    The property originally started its new look as part of the Gansevoort empire, but licensing problems with one of its overseas investors forced Caesars Entertainment to go it alone, and the construction design team improved on the first-planned designs with newer, fresher and more modern innovations.

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    MGM Resorts, Cirque to build 33-acre, open-air venue to host Rock in Rio in Las Vegas
    BY: Robin Leach/Las Vegas Sun



    Rock in Rio, one of the world’s largest music festivals, is set for Las Vegas in May 2015 and is a partnership among MGM Resorts International, Cirque du Soleil, billionaire Ron Burkle (who owns the Fresh & Easy grocery story chain here) and Roberto Medina, who founded the headliner concerts 30 years ago.

    MGM plans to transform 33 acres of prime real estate near Sahara Avenue and its property Circus Circus into a permanent City of Rock open-air concert venue to host the first Rock in Rio USA with a daily capacity of 80,000 people to view five stages.

    Bill Hornbuckle, president of MGM Resorts International, said: “It will serve as a major tourism driver for Las Vegas expected to draw well over 300,000 people to our city over the four days of the concert.

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    MGM RESORTS UNVEILS EXPANDED PLANS, PROGRAMMING FOR “THE PARK” IN LAS VEGAS

    MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) has unveiled expanded plans and the first look at programming for its dynamic park, dining and entertainment district taking shape on the west side of The Strip. Creating an interactive neighborhood environment, The Park will connect New York-New York and Monte Carlo resorts and the new 20,000-seat world-class Las Vegas arena currently in development by MGM and AEG. New York-New York and Monte Carlo both are undergoing significant transformations of their Strip-facing experiences into robust plaza environments featuring casual eateries, bars, restaurants and retail destinations that will ultimately lead to The Park.

    When it opens in 2016 in conjunction with the arena, The Park will create an immersive outdoor destination spanning more than eight acres. Both New York-New York and Monte Carlo will transform their park-facing facades with a series of unique indoor/outdoor dining and entertainment venues, cultivating a vibrant patio culture that encompasses The Park’s landscaped spaces.

    To create a harmonious dialogue between resorts, Rue de Monte Carlo, the adjacent street providing access from Las Vegas Boulevard, will be realigned as a gently curving, tree-lined parkway: a grand approach to the new arena. New cobblestone walkways in front of New York-New York and Monte Carlo will lead guests into The Park from both directions and blend seamlessly with the mosaic tile patterns that canvas the space.

    Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International, said, “Beautiful public places are highlights of many of the world’s finest cities, and Las Vegas shouldn’t be the exception. The Park will be the first of its kind on the Las Vegas Strip and is an embodiment of MGM Resorts’ commitment to engaging guests through arts and innovation. To create this picturesque outdoor destination, we are literally taking down the walls and opening the doors at ...

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