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➜ The phased $1.4 billion redevelopment of the Las Vegas Convention Center District ( www.lvcva.com/convention-center-district)
reached another milestone last November with the selection of
tvsdesign/Design Las Vegas to create an “iconic” design for the
venue’s 1.4 million-square-foot expansion. Targeting completion
by late 2020, in advance of CES 2021, this second phase of the
four-phase project, which broke ground last month, adds at least
600,000 square feet of new leasable exhibit space.
➜ November 2017 also saw groundbreaking on the $1.9 billion,
65,000-seat domed Las Vegas Stadium (http://lasvegasstadium.
raiders.com). Targeting a summer 2020 opening, the multiuse
venue is the new home of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders and UNLV
➜ Caesars Entertainment ( www.caesars.com) is flourishing with
post-restructuring investments. Components of a master plan to
develop nearly 50 acres of Center Strip land include last June’s
debut of the 48,000-square-foot, multimillion-dollar Caesars
Entertainment Studios, North America’s largest soundstage.
➜ Groundbreaking is expected early in the second quarter of 2018
on Caesars Forum ( www.caesars.com), a new $375 million conference center with direct access to 8,500-plus hotel rooms at
Harrah's Las Vegas, The LINQ and Flamingo Las Vegas, plus the
LINQ Promenade. Targeting a 2020 opening, the venue will offer
300,000 square feet of flexible space, including North America’s
two largest pillarless ballrooms, at 108,000 square feet each,
and a flexible 100,000-square-foot outdoor plaza.
➜ Flamingo Las Vegas ( www.caesars.com/
flamingo-las-vegas) completed the $6.8 million
refurbishment of its 73,000-square-foot meeting
space last June. The phased $90 million comprehensive renovation of all 1,270 guest rooms is
slated for completion this April.
➜ Caesars’ exuberance includes Fly LINQ (www.
caesars.com/linq), the Strip’s first zipline experience. Slated for a late 2018 debut, the $20 million, 10-person attraction will zip participants on
a 35-second, 35 mph ride 12 stories above The
➜ Last June, MGM Resorts International
( www.mgmresorts.com) broke ground on a
250,000-square-foot addition to the MGM Grand
Conference Center. Scheduled for completion
by late 2018, the new $130 million space,
seamlessly connecting to the existing center on
all three levels, will include a 49,000-square-
foot ballroom and 5,500-square-foot outdoor
➜ Slated for completion this month, the $160
million transformation of the former Zarkana
theater at ARIA Resort & Casino ( www.aria.com) creates 200,000
square feet of new convention space on four levels, including a
2,000-capacity top-floor ballroom with multiuse outdoor deck
overlooking The Park.
➜ Targeting completion by late 2018, the $450 million makeover of
the Monte Carlo Las Vegas Resort and Casino ( www.montecarlo.
com) will create the upscale 2,700-room Park MGM and 292-
room NoMad Las Vegas. Also opening will be the 77,000-square-
foot Executive Meeting Center, featuring Ideation Labs, maximizing productivity for small groups.
➜ Last summer, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas ( www.cosmopol
itanlasvegas.com) launched the $100 million-plus renovation
of 2,895 of the twin-tower resort’s 3,027 rooms. Targeting full
completion by December 2018, the project follows last year’s
transformation of 21 Boulevard Tower spaces into luxurious
➜ Last November, the Las Vegas Sands Corporation ( www.sands.
com) and Madison Square Garden Company announced a multi-
party partnership to create the world’s largest music and enter-
tainment venue. An official opening date has yet to be released.
➜ Construction began last month on the $1.6 billion redevelopment
of the Wynn Las Vegas ( www.wynnlasvegas.com) golf course into
Paradise Park. Slated for 2020, Steve Wynn’s visionary project
includes a new 47-story, 1,500-room hotel, an hourglass-shaped
lagoon surrounded by a mile-long boardwalk, interactive rides,
entertainment and dining venues, and convention space. In
December 2017, Wynn Resorts purchased the 34-acre former
New Frontier site, plus four additional acres. Facing Wynn Las
Vegas, the parcel was previously slated for development as Alon
➜ Targeting a 2020 opening, pre-construction proceeds on the adjacent $4 billion Resorts World Las Vegas. Across the street, the
unfinished 3,815-room Fontainebleau Las Vegas, sold last fall, is
now Project Blue, development status pending.
➜ Last December, Penn National Gaming Inc. ( www.pngaming.
com), owner of Tropicana Las Vegas and M Resort Spa Casino,
announced its $2.8 billion purchase of Pinnacle Entertainment
Inc. The deal elevates the Pennsylvania-based company to
third-largest casino operator in the U.S., with 41 casinos in 20
➜ Westin Las Vegas Hotel & Spa ( www.westinvegas.com) replaced
its casino floor with Jake & Eli, an industrial-inspired restaurant centered around American bourbon and featuring a mix of
comfort food and cocktails. The hotel has also updated 826 guest
rooms, added four new meeting rooms and redesigned its lobby
➜ Opened in December 2016, the 203-room Lucky Dragon Hotel &
Casino Las Vegas ( http://luckydragonlv.com) last month announced the “temporary” closure of gaming and casino restaurant
operations ahead of a “process of repositioning.”
➜ Last November, Station Casinos announced $485 million in
sweeping improvements for its off-Strip Palms Casino Resort
( www.palms.com), including 282 redesigned Fantasy Tower
rooms, new restaurants and its 29,000-square-foot nightclub.
The company is also investing $76 million in improvements at
off-Strip Palace Station Hotel & Casino ( https://palacestation.sclv.
com), slated to debut at the end of 2018.
FLY LINQ LAUNCH
GROUNDBREAKING FOR MGM GRAND CONFERENCE CENTER ADDITION