Caesars Forum Conference
Center Breaks Ground in Vegas
Caesars Entertainment broke ground on its $375 million Caesars Forum con- ference center July 16, 2018, during a
ceremony for trade press, industry executives
and Caesars staff members. The ceremony
was also livestreamed by Caesars so that peo-
ple could tune in from all over the world.
“Who’d of thought Caesars could [con-
vince] so many people to sit in a parking lot
in 100-degree heat?” U.S. Travel President
and CEO Roger Dow said to the crowd.
Upon its completion in 2020, the
550,000-square-foot Caesars Forum con-
ference center will feature the two largest
pillarless ballrooms in the world. It will also
include Forum Plaza, a 100,000-square-foot
outdoor meeting and event space that Caesars
is touting as the first of its kind in Vegas.
An Efficient Groundbreaking Ceremony
Meetings Today was in attendance at the
groundbreaking ceremony, which indeed
was held in the middle of what was essentially a parking lot behind the LINQ Promenade and the 550-foot-tall High Roller observation wheel, but Caesars still managed
to put on a show in true Vegas fashion.
Members of the press were chauffeured out
to the middle of the future site of the conference center in limos to a large, “
air-conditioned” tent emblazoned with the Caesars
Forum logo. Attendees got settled and Roger
Dow took the stage as the event’s MC, welcoming guests and introducing the presenters.
Caesars Entertainment President and
CEO Mark Frissora provided an overview of
Caesars Forum, mentioning that it could ac-
commodate up to 10,000 guests, and touted
its LEED Silver Certified status. After a video
presentation stating Caesars’ vision for the
facility, Clark County Commissioner Chris
Giunchigliani took the stage to talk more
about how Caesars Forum will positively
impact the city as a whole.
She mentioned the city appreciated Cae-
sars’ goal of achieving LEED Silver certifica-
tion in its construction of the building and
also applauded Caesars for taking “the lead
on gender equality and LGBT [rights].”
A “360 fly-through” video was then shown
on a large projection screen, highlighting
the latest renderings of the Caesars Forum.
The technological side of the presentation
went off without a hitch and Caesars even
offered high-speed Wi-Fi access in the tent
to press in attendance.
The Caesars Forum groundbreaking ceremony concluded with closing remarks from
Roger Dow and the obligatory shovels-in-the-ground photo op, which included many
of those involved in the project.
Caesars Forum Project Highlights
Following is a quick run-down of highlights
and key features of the Caesars Forum project, as revealed by Caesars Entertainment.
Opening in 2020, Caesars Forum will:
◗ Provide direct access via skybridge to
Harrah’s Las Vegas and The LINQ Hotel
◗ Be connected by pedestrian bridge to
LINQ Promenade and Flamingo Las
◗ Feature 300,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, including two
110,000-square-foot, pillarless ballrooms,
two 40,000-square-foot ballrooms and six
◗ Accommodate more than 10,000 participants and offer more than 100 breakout
◗ Be built on one floor for convenient move-in, along with nine accessible loading
◗ Feature Forum Plaza, a 100,000-square-
foot outdoor space, ideal for outdoor
events, wellness breaks, opening cocktail
receptions, meals or entertainment.
◗ Be located within walking distance to
eight of Caesars Entertainment’s Las
◗ Divide into “limitless” configurations for
customers, utilizing over two miles of
Design and the Attendee Experience
Chief Sales Officer Michael Massari and
President of Hospitality Bob Morse mentioned how Caesars met with some of the
top large-scale meeting facilities around
the world for input on the project, and also
reached out to numerous meeting and event
planners for guidance.
Vice President of Catering, Conventions
& Events Don Ross then joined the conversation and talked about how the facility will
be able to take advantage of Caesars’ all-star
roster of celebrity chefs to create innovative
banquet menus. Guy Fieri’s Lollipop Chicken Wings were a sample menu item.
Safety and Security a Priority
Though he mentioned it was difficult to get
into specifics at this stage in the construction
Massari commented on security at the venue
in a one-on-one interview.
“Planners are going to be thinking about
[safety and security] wherever they hold
meetings,” Massari said. “When you consider security at Las Vegas resorts relative to
other types of places they’d be going to have
a meeting, our security ranks high. We’ve
got EMTs on-site, [former] FBI agents as
heads of security and our [safety initiatives]
continue to grow and evolve. Of course, a lot
has changed in the last six months as you’d
imagine, and this issue has never been on
my mind more than in the past year.”
Based on the amount of detail put into
the project so far, planners should be able
to rest assured that the design and safety
standards of the facility will be on par with
other world-class event facilities.
Caesars Forum will open in 2020, so stay
tuned to Meetings Today for more details.
By Eric Andersen