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Less than seven months from the US arrival of Rock in Rio, its City of Rock at the MGM Resorts Festival Grounds (a.k.a., that currently still desert lot at the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Sahara) has begun to arrive.
The popular mega-concert event will come to America for the first time next year, holding two weekends of events in Las Vegas May 8-9 and 15-16. Six stages will host a myriad of big names from across the world of pop and rock, including No Doubt, Linkin Park, Taylor Swift, the Deftones, Metallica and John Legend. Some 85,000 are expected to be in attendance each day.
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Casino Royale closed and demolished its northernmost flank in the beginning of the year to make way for a Walgreens as well as an improved Denny's. Now, we're getting our first look at the new facade and it calls to mind the jarring juxtaposition of Treasure Island and that casino's new addition.
While the south side of the budget property is still firmly entrenched in its Victorian trappings (see above), its northern frontage is now boxy and without ornament. The facade is another variant of the "timeless"
office park contemporary design so popular these days, with sleek lines and tiling in varying shades of brown.
No one will be sad to see the Quad name disappear as it was pretty much universally reviled, but we're not totally in love with The LINQ, either. We understand why, but we're getting a bit tired of explaining ourselves around town. No, not the Signature hotel, the air terminal. No, not the Public House at Luxor, the one in Venetian. No, not Downtown as in Vegas, but as in Summerlin. Let's go to the Linq. No, the mall, not the hotel. Oy.
With a targeted debut of late December, the exterior of Bally's forthcoming Grand Bazaar Shops is inching closer to completion. Above is a rendering of the project while below you will find snapshots of the site captured yesterday by VegasChatter photographer Greg Clarke.
MGM Resorts and AEG have announced they've sorted out $200 million in funding needed to realize a 20,000-seat arena behind New York-New York. With a total cost of $375 million private dollars, the project -- dubbed Las Vegas Arena (until, perhaps, a better, sponsored name comes along) -- is expected to host more than 100 events a year. (And, possibly, an NHL team?)
Set to open sometime around Christmas (perhaps a few days before, mayhap a few days after), the still forthcoming Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally's are beginning to see more than a little splash of color.
awful jarring WTF as the exterior paint job The Quad continues to receive, the brightly patterned honeycomb design is still a bit, umm, much. VegasChatter reader Dan H. sent us the trio of photos you see below that show the mall's, err, design treatment is now being put into place. They were taken on the north side of the project from Flamingo Road.
The retail scene in Las Vegas (and its suburbs) is rapidly changing at the moment. With Downtown Summerlin poised to open and Fashion Show Mall expanding its façade, it’s time for the outlets to keep up with the Joneses. They seemed to weather the economic downturn easier than other retail outlets with a steady stream of tourists cabbing it over to the Premium Outlets on either end of the Strip to scoop up outlet-priced clothing and accessories.
Las Vegas North Premium Outlets, located downtown near The Smith Center, will be wrapping up a 150,000-square-foot expansion May 2015. The project is expected to welcome 34 new stores including an already announced Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th. The last expansion in 2008 added a new parking garage on the north side and 30 new stores.
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As we reported in June, Fashion Show Mall is preparing for a façade facelift and the addition of several new dining and shopping options. Construction walls are now up along the mall's Las Vegas Boulevard frontage and feature renderings of what this huge chunk of Strip-side real estate will look like when the project is finished.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports five new restaurants will be included within the 22,000-square-foot addition as well as an expansion for Zara, one of the façade’s anchors. The men’s and women’s clothing store has risen in popularity and is ready to grow with the changing front side of the mall.
After a January groundbreaking, work continues to progress on a 50,000-square-foot space located just yards from the Welcome to Las Vegas sign. Set for a fall opening (a more specific timeline is not yet ready to be announced although October has been bandied about), visitors will be able to purchase and rent hogs on site. There will be a retail store for souvenirs, too, meaning government planners should probably think about creating a pedestrian walkway from the sign over to the east side of Las Vegas Boulevard if they haven't already.
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The North Strip finally seems to be headed for the revival long imagined, but never realized. SLS Las Vegas, a re-imagined, renovated and renamed Sahara, will open its doors at midnight on August 23 following a $415 million transformation. But, what about the other elements now in play?
Across the Strip from SLS, MGM Resorts' $20 million City of Rock will debut with the US arrival of Rock in Rio in May 2015. The plan is for the outdoor festival grounds to host up to 12 (possibly 16) events a year, however, a representative has stated no other events are on the books right now beyond the mega-concert event.
The north Strip could be a whole new world come 2018. That's when the new owner of the old Frontier site expects to debut a new resort on the acreage.
On Sunday, headlines broke that billionaire James Packer had acquired controlling interest of the long dormant plot. The Frontier came down in a flash in November 2007, but plans to build a Plaza on the site -- what would have been a sister venue to the New York Plaza and not the Downtown Vegas one -- stalled.
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A VegasChatter tipster tells us a T-Mobile flagship store has been signed for the corner across from The Cromwell. It will join some 150+ brands at the outdoor mall that will mostly feature retailers of the tiny kiosk variety but with a few larger shops and a handful of eateries sprinkled in, too.