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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:
Okay. Not everyone, but you get the gist.
Author James Patterson's newest book, Private Vegas, is the fifth most downloaded tome on iTunes a week after its debut. Co-authored with Maxine Paetro, the book is a continuation of the Private series and, from the teaser video below, seems to prove true that old saying, we cliche because we love. Or, something like that.
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At last word, an implosion of the aging 12-story tower is still set for the early morning hour of 2 a.m. that day. It's been a long time since Vegas has witnessed an explosive end to a hotel-casino. Specifically, more than seven. The Frontier was imploded in November 2007 so it's not surprising to see lots of interest in seeing this building, small as it may be, come down.
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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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Sad news for fans of the Las Vegas Wranglers who lost their home at Orleans Arena last year and couldn't realize a dream that would have moved them downtown. The professional hockey team has withdrawn its membership to the ECHL. A Facebook post broke the news to fans earlier today:
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A new billboard campaign in Vegas asks passersby what happened to this town, without stating anything more. With nary a logo, brand or web address in sight, it perplexed enough folks that it made the local TV news.
It's now been revealed that Stratosphere is behind the signage which is in promotion of its self-proclaimed "Take Vegas Back" movement. What does that mean, exactly? A YouTube video rants all about it: