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Good news for those who walk the Strip a lot. The four pedestrian bridges at MGM Grand, New York-New York, Excalibur and Tropicana will get an estimated $26 million in upgrades, starting early next year. The LVRJ reports:
Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., working with Jacobs as engineer and Studio West as architect, will replace 16 escalators, four at each corner, with state-of-the-art equipment, while installing low-energy glass and air-conditioning units to the elevators. Aesthetic improvements call for placing new tempered glass wind screens and polished aluminum panel cladding along all four bridges.
The escalator work is long overdue, but will the bridges have power outlets? We'll find out when the upgrades are completed in 2017, after the opening of the MGM-AEG arena. Uhhh...yeah that's going to be a pain.
Meanwhile, we still need more pedestrian bridges elsewhere on the Strip, especially at The Linq, crossing over to Caesars Palace. That curb is always overflowing with people who just
drank too much stepped out of Margaritaville. Just our two cents.
[Photo: Greg C./VegasChatter]
Last week Penn National Gaming announced the appointment of Bob Sheldon as President of Las Vegas Operations effective July 6, subject to regulatory approvals. Sheldon will oversee the operations of Tropicana following the completion of the Penn National’s acquisition of the Trop, which is expected to occur later this year, as well as the operations of the M Resort which is technically in Henderson.
Sheldon currently serves as the General Manager of Hollywood Casino at Kansas Speedway. The casino and race track is jointly owned by Penn National and International Speedway Corporation. Penn National says Sheldon was responsible for the property’s successful opening in February 2012.
But Sheldon isn't a total stranger to Las Vegas as he began his career at the Las Vegas Hilton (Now Westgate) and later spent time working with Mirage Resorts (Now MGM Resorts International), including serving as President of the Golden Nugget.
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Vegas pool parties are already in full swing, and for the LGBTQ crowd that means weekly hedonistic hard-bodied blowouts...and a few multi-day events.
In a city that sets the standard for water-centric events, that’s a lot to live up to. Fortunately, the organizers at Matinee Group have 20 years of experience at raising the bar.
There, we've got your attention. Should you be at McCarran International Airport tomorrow, DoubleTree Hotels, they who run the Tropicana are handing out free chocolate chip and walnut cookies to anyone checking in at Virgin Atlantic (Hmm, another opportunity to woo The Brits?)
The cookie handout is a part of the hotel brand's celebration of National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. As is usual for DoubleTree hotels, chocolate chip cookies are handed out when guests check-in. But tomorrow, DoubleTree will be handing out cookies at over 415 properties around the world to folks with and without a reservation. So if you're not on Virgin Atlantic tomorrow at McCarran, and you aren't checking into the Tropicana, go find a DoubleTree near you and get that free cookie, dammit. Or you know, just find a cookie shop somewhere and treat yo' self.
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Last week you may have heard that Tropicana will be sold to M Resort’s operators Penn National Gaming for $360 million dollars. Once Penn National takes over operation of the Trop they will integrate the property with the rest of their properties around the country.
Visitors to the hotel will never actually see some of the changeover happening, as it's mostly on the back-end and for booking purposes. But the changeover that we will see is with the Tropicana's players club.
The current Trop Plus players club will be shut down in exchange for Penn National’s chain-wide Marquee Rewards players club. This is great for players who will be able to earn rewards as far east as Maine that can be used on the Vegas Strip. It should also mean a closer connection between M Resort and Tropicana. Currently, Marquee comps are not earned at M Resort and M Resort Points cannot be redeemed at other Marquee Rewards locations.
In news no one saw coming and that elicited a Joey-type whoa from everyone we talked to, Penn National Gaming, operators of locals' fave M Resort, will purchase Tropicana for $360 million. After getting over the shocker, we had two questions. One, does this mean it will become the T Resort? (Don't take that seriously, Penn.) And two, can we finally put to rest plans for The Shops at the new Tropicana Las Vegas? (Yes, if you missed it back in 2013, Tropicana had announced plans to jump on the shopping trend and add more than 300,000 square feet of retail to the front of its resort. Yes, really. See rendering below. Nothing ever happened, though.)
Heidi Hegerich wasn’t your average showgirl. She was 16. Yep, you read that right. Back in 1958, Heidi was approached by her neighbor, a choreographer for Folies Bergere at Tropicana, and went on to dance in several Vegas productions including Minksy’s Follies and Ecstasy on Ice.
As you can imagine, a young girl quite literally thrust into the spotlight definitely has some stories to tell. Heidi recently published a book, Love Target, that tells the story of a fictitious young showgirl. The book, available in print and ebook format, is more or less a memoir of her times in Las Vegas and later in New York City. Below are several photos and some of Heidi’s stories, in her own words:
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It's going to be a long year because these hits just won't stop.
It hasn't even been a month yet since our 2015 resort fee guide dropped and already we've had to update it four times. Over the last few weeks, Golden Nugget has zinged guests with a $22.60 nightly charge, Cosmo's fee climbed to $30 before tax, and Hooters jumped to $15.95 pre-tax. The only good resort fee news we had (if that's not an oxymoron) was hearing TI was raising its future stay credit (offered as a resort fee amenity) from $20 to $25.
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There's a lot of sh*t that happens in Vegas and not all of it can make it on our site. So, every Friday, we take note of some of the smaller announcements around town that may be of interest, too. Here's the rundown for the week of January 26:
March Madness: Yes, the Big Game isn't even over but folks have been talking about March Madness in Vegas since the end of last year. (Shout-out to the March Madness in Las Vegas Facebook group! Holla!) If you're dying for info, we can now share TI's plans. The resort will host basketball fans March 19-21 in its ballroom. Entry will be free and seating will be banquet-style (first come, first serve). There will be a cash bar, concessions and satellite betting stations so you won't miss a moment of action (unless you're in the restroom). Doors will open at 7:30 a.m. each day.
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He’s dark, mysterious and speaks in a distinct accent. Known for Goth eye makeup, wild hairstyles, frequent shirtlessness and making things (and himself) disappear, he surrounds himself with sexy dancers and often performs on TV. His magic show at the south end of the Strip is pretty terrific (so you know it's not performed at Luxor). He’s Jan Rouven, the handsome master illusionist from Germany. And, his New Illusions show at Tropicana is taking on Criss Angel head to head. Or, wand-to-wand, if you will.
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For the gay and lesbian community (more appropriately and inclusively known as LGBTQ), the Las Vegas of 2014 has become more appealing than ever. The opening of hit nightclub Liaison inside Bally’s, a PRIDE/Gay Days weekend that attracted thousands, and the legalization of same-sex marriage in Nevada has given the gay community plenty to celebrate. Some of our readers keenly noted that “Sin City” was way behind the rest of the country on this civil rights issue so, perhaps, it’s fitting the final gay event of the year has been named EVOLVE.
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The sportsbook operator formerly known as Cantor Gaming and now known as CG Technology has a pretty great cash back promotion. They’ll refund 5% (up to $5,000) of net losses from wagers of $100 or more. The caveats are that bets must be placed through your CG Technology account (not in person) and that only sports wagers will qualify. And no, it's not limited to new members only.
Here are specifics on how the promotion works: