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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 as a full report. 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 February 23:
Route 91 Tickets On Sale Soon: Country lovers, mark your calendars. The Route 91 concert series will return to the MGM Resorts Village (the
parking events lot across from Luxor) October 2-4 and tickets go on sale March 13. For its second Vegas stop, the three-day, two-stage event will feature Florida Georgia Line, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Jake Owen and more. Purchase tickets online. Make sure you check out the upgraded VIP options (now with shade and better restrooms!) before you buy.
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The movement to score a NHL team for Las Vegas is now 70 percent towards its goal of securing 10,000 season ticket deposits. After the drive officially launched February 10, a just-reached milestone of 7,000 tickets is either hopeful or telling, depending on which news report you read. Five thousand of those deposits were captured in the first two days of the push.
To encourage more sign-ups, notes were sent out to the Vegas Wants Hockey mailing list on Tuesday promising a "free replica jersey" to all who pledge to purchase at least two season tickets. A
not-enough-of-you-bit reminder email was sent out the very next day.
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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 as a full report. 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 February 16:
One pool that will be rockin' hard: Hard Rock will dive back into pool season starting March 6 when Rehab as well as Nirvana and Breathe pools open once again. Entertainment on tap for Rehab includes 3OH!3 March 21 and Sammy Adams March 28. Tickets for both start at $20 for ladies, $30 for gents.
At 10:30 p.m. last night, something happened on the Strip that's only happened seven times previously. It went dark to mark the passing of a great.
Resorts and businesses on the Strip, as well as in downtown and around the Las Vegas valley, dimmed their lights for three minutes in honor of Jerry Tarkanian. The legendary UNLV basketball coach passed away last week at the age of 84. Tarkanian led the Runnin' Rebels to a NCAA college basketball championship in 1990.
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In our book, MGM Resorts' quarterly earnings call is a must listen. Beyond a reciting of dollars and cents, it's always filled with fascinating insight into what's really popping for the gaming company, and what's on the horizon. Here's what we learned from the latest call that took place earlier this week:
Shake Shack is so money: Everybody knows cult burger fave Shack Shack opened at New York-New York late December. You may have even stopped in by now. What you probably don't know is the Las Vegas location is "already the highest-grossing Shack Shack in the portfolio's history, second only to Times Square."
If you live in Austin or Atlanta, you'll soon have new options for travel to Las Vegas.
Frontier will begin service connecting Austin to McCarran Airport starting April 30. Flights will be once daily from each destination. Meanwhile, Spirit will launch nonstop service linking Atlanta to Vegas as of May 7. Flights on both carriers will be nighttime service only with departures beginning at 9:30 p.m. at the earliest.
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Board members will convene a special meeting Friday to put forth the purchase of the iconic north Strip property for $182.5 million. As whispered about, the hotel's land (26.4 acres, in all) would be used to help create a multi-billion dollar business district. Rumblings had put a possible closure at June, but the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports this morning that the timeline would call for a mid-August shutdown, possibly around August 20.
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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 February 9:
Downtown brews up a new bar: Hop Nuts Brewing will mark its grand opening in the Downtown Vegas Arts District tonight. Located at 1120 S. Main Street (suite #150), the bar has been quietly serving up brews since New Year's Day. Stop by and find 12 beers on tap, ranging from an Hop Nuts IPA (7.4% ABV, 65 IBU) to an Hop Nuts Imperial Stout (8.5% ABV, 75 IBU). The brewery is open Sunday through Thursday from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Friday and Saturday until 4 a.m. Tours are available, upon request. Call 702-816-5371 to inquire.
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It hasn't reached the net yet, but it's headed in the right direction, for now.
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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 February 2:
Love is in the air at the Titanic Exhibit: Just in time for Valentine's Day, a cherub sculpture is on display at Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition inside Luxor. The rare artifact will be on display through February 28. While there were many cherub statues on the ship, this bronze is the only one to have been recovered. It is suspected that this specific piece was part of a light fixture on one of the staircases. The exhibit is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and tickets are $32 ($29 with local ID).
Just weeks after filing for bankruptcy, another big announcement from Caesars Entertainment. The company's long-time CEO Gary Loveman will be stepping down in June. But, not stepping away.
The Las Vegas Review Journal reports Loveman will transition into a role as the company's chairman beginning July 1. His replacement has already been knighted. Mark Frissora, the former head of Hertz rental cars, will take over. Loveman has been with the gaming giant, in varying capacities, for some 27 years now. (Right click the hyperlink to trace his many roles.)
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On February 10, a group hoping to bring the NHL to Vegas will have its strongest indicator of whether visitors and locals would actually come to games if given a team. That's the date a ticket test will get underway.
Billionaire Bill Foley is leading the push which has the go-ahead of the NHL, for now at least. They've not committed to placing a team in Vegas, but they're just as curious about the reception of such an idea. Yesterday, interested parties who'd signed up for more information on tickets received this email: