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Monthly list of Las Vegas openings and other news

Monthly list of Las Vegas openings and other news

By KTNV STAFF. CREATED Mar 17, 2014

The following is compiled by Bill Mandel of Las Vegas. He produces a monthly newsletter that also contains entertainment news and information about closings in Vegas. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, click here.

JULY 2014 NEWSLETTER

OPENED IN LAS VEGAS LAST MONTH:

AFTER HOURS RECORDING LABEL: This new company has Drai’s Entertainment, Turn First Artists and Capitol Records as partners. They will specialize in EDM (electronic dance music). The label is already preparing for its initial artist signings.

BALLY'S: LIAISON, an LGBT Nightclub opened.

BUD & VINE: This flower shop opened at 124 S.Sixth Street corner of Carson Ave. in downtown Vegas. The store also offers candles, candle holders and stationery. More information at http://www.budandvine.com

CAESARS PALACE:
1. The Galleria Bar, located in the lobby, has reopened after $1.3 million of extensive renovations.
2. Mulberry English leather products opened their store in the Forum Shops in Caesars Palace, located next to The Fountain of the Gods.

CARSON KITCHEN RESTAURANT: Opened serving American food and is located on the corner of 6th Street and Carson Avenue, downtown. It has a garden-style rooftop patio. More information at http://carsonkitchen.com/index.php

EL CORTEZ: Opened the exhibit “Jackie Gaughan’s Downtown as Seen through Gaming Memorabilia.”  It's located on the casino floor inside Jackie’s Club Cortez.

FASHION SHOW MALL: Z GALLERIE, selling home goods and furniture, reopened by Macy's Men.

LVH: Formerly the Las Vegas Hilton and before that the International was sold to Westgate Resorts for $150 million. The famous sign in front is changed.

MGM GRAND: AARP members now receive a 10% hotel room discount. Offer is good until August 31st, 2015. If other hotels have AARP or other discounts, please advise the publisher of this Newsletter.

NEW YORK-NEW YORK: Hershey's Chocolate World (two floors) opened, located exterior of the Hotel, on the The Strip, next to the imitation Brooklyn Bridge. More than 800 Hershey chocolates, candies and bubblegums are featured, including my favorite the Red Twizzlers. Also note the sculpture of the Statue of Liberty made from 800 pounds of Hershey's chocolate or the replica of the Empire State Building composed of 1,800 milk chocolate bars. Or make a video of yourself in a Reese's TV ad. Or take home customized candy wrappers or pick out the perfect balance of more chocolate or more peanut butter. Outside there is a 74-foot high giant Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bar, an 18-foot high Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. Inside, there is a bakery with homemade S'mores, double chocolate muffins and cookie sandwiches with peanut butter centers.

PLANET HOLLYWOOD: Jeff Dunham, Comedian started his residency show.

RED ROCK:
1. Chicago's Wiener's Circle hot dog stand opened near the sportsbook. The menu includes Chicago-char cheddar dogs, one pound of French fries, milkshakes, breakfast all day, American cheese sandwiched in a fried donut, wieners in the blanket in batches or 10 or 20 piggies, a veggie burger, Krispy Kreme donuts and the Adult Happy Meal with a signature Chicago Char Cheddar dog, fries and a Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer (when they get their liquor license).
2. Mercadito, a Mexican Restaurant, opened where the LBS Burger was located, with patio service and and an entrance with direct access from the parking lot and another entrance from the casino.

SANTA FE STATION: Chicago's Wiener's Circle hot dog stand opened near the Sportsbook.

THE CROMWELL (formerly Bill's Gambling Hall & Saloon, the Barbary Coast before that):
1. Giada's Italian restaurant opened featuring lemon spaghetti and butternut squash lasagna. The owner is television chef Giada De Laurentiis. Giada's is located on the second level, above the casino floor, and has 300 seats; 150 in the dining room, 100 in the antipasto bar and lounge area plus additional space at a chef's table and private dining room. Large glass windows overlook the street below and the Bellagio fountains. The kitchen is open so that the chefs prepare the specialty pasta of the day in front of you.
2. Drai’s Yacht Club opened. It's a party every Tuesday night from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on the rooftop swimming pool. Cover Charge: $40 for men; $20 for ladies (all industry locals get free entry). With swimming encouraged, the dress code goes from bikini to board shorts to club attire.

THE SHOPS AT CRYSTALS: Sisley cosmetics store opened. The tiny 750-square-foot space takes over the former Eres space, sandwiched between Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria and Social House on the second level. The Shops at Crystals, a two floor building, is located in front and just east of the Aria and next and just north, of the Veer Tower condos.

GOING ON NOW

2014
Thru Jul. 6 -- International Barbershop Harmony Competition and MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Thru Jul. 13 --  Soccer. World Cup from Brazil in hotel sportsbooks

Thru Jul. 26 -- Shania Twain in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace

Thru Aug. 31 --  Celine Dion in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

Thru Sep. 7 -- Cool 69-degree Summer Garden Party will bloom with bright colors, bubbling water features, an aviary of live birds, prancing horse statues, a wooden tree house, kites flying high in the air, a pond filled with swimming fish and tons of festive sunflowers at the always open, 24/7, free, Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens in the Bellagio lobby.

Thru Oct. 26 -- "Painting Women". The 34 paintings of women artists on loan from the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. General admission is $16 with a free audio tour available and Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art.

COMING UP

Jul. 5-14 -- World Series of Poker. Main event. Texas Hold'em. $10,000 buy-in. Winner gets $10 million. Final table Nov.10-11.

Early July -- Boxing. Grand Opening of the Roy Jones Jr. Fight Academy. The gym is located at 3874 Silvestri Lane, Las Vegas NV 89120. More information at www.royjonesjrboxing.com.

Jul. 10-13 -- New Kids on the Block at Planet Hollywood.

Jul. 11 -- Grand Opening of a new show called "LIPSTICK" in the Sands Showroom at Venetian.

Jul. 11-22 -- Basketball. NBA Summer League at UNLV Cox Pavilion.

Jul. 12 -- Sinatra Forever in the M Pavilion at The M.

Jul. 12 -- Las VegaStreats (second Saturday every month) food-truck, arts and music festival on the Jackie Gaughan Parkway at the El Cortez in downtown Las Vegas from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Many of Las Vegas’ favorite food trucks participate along with local art and clothing vendors. More info at http://vegasstreats.com or www.facebook.com/VegasStrEATS.

Jul. 12 -- "Abbamania - A Tribute to Abba" at Green Valley Ranch.

Jul. 12-26 -- Shania Twain in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

Jul. 19 -- Nine Inch Nails at Planet Hollywood.

Jul. 19 --  "Hotel California - A Tribute to the Eagles" at Texas Station.

Jul. 19 and Aug.1 -- Lady Gaga at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Jul. 25 -- "ZUSA - An American Tribute to Led Zeppelin" at Boulder Station.

Jul. 25 -- Motley Brews at Downtown Container Park.

Jul. 26 -- Boston & Cheap Trick in The Joint at Hard Rock.

Jul. 26 -- "Yesterday - The Beatle's Tribute" at Sunset Station.

Jul. 29-Aug 31 -- Celine Dion in The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

Sometime in July -- Construction starts on City of Rock (named after its equivalent in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) will be a new 33-acre open-air venue with a planned capacity of 80,000. It will be located on the Las Vegas Strip, north of the MGM-owned Circus Circus on the southwest corner of Sahara and The Strip. It will be owned by a consortium composed of MGM/Yucaipa/Cirque, who will collectively spend $20 million on its development. Rock in Rio organizers collaborated with MGM and Yucaipa on the design of City of Rock to have a festival atmosphere. During the festival, it will have an amusement park, five stages, carnival rides, ferris wheel, zip line, shopping, and themed food courts.
As Rock in Rio USA will only be held every second year, MGM plans to use the site for other festival;s, boxing, mixed martial arts, soccer, concerts and sporting events.

Sometime in July -- The Fashion Show Mall will begin construction on its Plaza in front, on The Strip. the current wide open concrete vista will vanish. Eleven new retail kiosks, two of them designated for dining, currently thought to be a smoothie spot and one selling sandwich-type snacks. Five new restaurants will be brought to their ground floor pedestrian plaza when the entire Strip-facing entrance will be overhauled and outdoor dining components will be added to each of the five new ventures. The indoor and outdoor restaurants will push the front of the mall much closer to the Strip, with a view to creating a new pedestrian environment, including shading from new trees and landscaping. The second level of the mall will also be pushed out, creating expanded size for some existing mall tenants. On the third floor, part of the existing food court will be reduced with more mixed-use space added. Grand opening of the new look will be Nov.27, 2015.

Sometime in July -- Mercadito, a Mexican Restaurant, will open and Green Valley Ranch.

Sometime in July -- Marriott's Vacation Club Grand Chateau complex will complete their third tower. The 37-story, Tower 3, timeshare will have 223 units ranging from one to three bedrooms, with villas as large as 2,100 square feet. Location is 75 East Harmon Avenue and The Strip, just south of Planet Hollywood. On completion of his Tower 3, the whole Grand Chateau complex will have 643 units.

Aug. 1 -- First Friday Downtown Arts Festival. From 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. No charge to enter. Family friendly from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.   The hub is on Casino Center Blvd. between Colorado St. and California St. More information at http://www.firstfridaylasvegas.com/faq.htm

Aug. 2 -- Aerosmith and MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Aug. 8 -- Justin Timberlake and MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Aug. 9 -- Kathy Griffin at Mirage.

Aug. 10 -- Finals of the Hip Hop Dance Championships and  Orleans Arena. More info:      http://hiphopinternational.com/road-to-las-vegas/

Aug. 14- Oct 18 -- VÉRONIC Voices at Jubilee! Theater andBally’s.

Aug. 15 thru Feb.28, 2015 -- Britney Spears and Planet Hollywood.

Aug. 16 -- Jeff Beck & ZZ Top in The Joint and Hard Rock.

Aug. 22-23 -- Bruno Mars in The Chelsea and Cosmopolitan.

Aug. 23 -- The $415 million "SLS Las Vegas" will open on the 18-acre site of the old Sahara  (closed in May, 2011), located on the southeast side of Las Vegas Blvd. and Sahara.  It will be a mixed-use resort and casino featuring:
1. 1,620 rooms,
2. Katsuya restaurant by Starck
3.Cleo restaurant by Danny Elmaleh
4. Umami Burger
5. Beer Garden
6. The Griddle Cafe
7. SLS Buffet
8. Sayers Club - concert hall and nightclub
9. William Hill sportsbook with in-game betting options
10. 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria
11. Foxtail Pool Club with street art decor
12. Monkey Bar
13. Shot Bar
14. LIFE - dance hall and rooftop pool
15. The Bazaar Meat restaurant by José Andrés
16. Fred Segal retail store
17. The Perq Coffee shop

More information on SLS Las Vegas at: www.slslasvegas.com

Aug. 30 -- "Simply the Best - A Tribute to Tina Turner and Stevie Wonder" at Texas Station.

Sometime in August -- Border Grill featuring modern Mexican cuisine opens in the Forum Shops in Caesars Palace.

Sometime in August -- Chili's Grill & Bar is opening in the outdoor Hawaiian Marketplace located on the east side of The Strip and Harmon. Chili's is taking the place of Hawaiian King Kamehameha.

Sometime in August -- Chicago's Wiener's Circle hot dog stand will open at Santa Fe Station.

Sometime in August -- Soccer. The Las Vegas Legends in the new Major Arena Soccer League will reveal their schedule and where they will be playing.

Sometime in August -- Made.LV, a modern American tavern, takes over the space of Bradley Ogden's Hops & Harvest and Tivoli Village.

Sometime in August -- GameWorks opens a new 37,000-square-foot venue that will be located below AMC Town Square 18 and across from the Meatball Spot. This GameWorks entertainment center will feature lounge-like bowling, a state of the art laser tag arena and a tournament-ready, 100-seat LAN gaming center for online console and PC gaming. GameWorks will also feature 125 video games and a 225-seat restaurant, sports viewing on a 105” HDTV and a video wall and Town Square Shopping Center (located just south of Las Vegas Blvd. South and Sunset Road). More info: http://www.gameworks.com/locations/las-vegas/

Sometime in August -- POT Liquor CAS (CAS stands for Contemporary American Smokehouse) opens. It will will be located across from the Green at Town Square, the recently opened natural grass park and Town Square Shopping Center (located on the southwest corner of Las Vegas Blvd. South and Sunset Road).

Sep. 1 -- THEhotel at Mandalay Bay will be renamed the Delano Las Vegas.  Featured will be:
1. Total of 1,100 suites,
2. Room rates will be around $200 per night,
3. Floor-to-ceiling windows,
4. The 3940 Coffee - Tea shop is open 24/7.
5.The Franklin lounge features DJs or live entertainment at night.
6. The RIVEA Restaurant and Lounge (formerly MIX) on the top floor.
7. A divided boulder from the local desert as part of an elaborate stone entry with a wood-slatted gate meant to evoke the Mojave Desert beyond,
8. Rivea restaurant by chef Alain Ducasse that will serve French and Italian cuisine from the 64th floor. (slated to open late this year or winter 2015).
More information at (877) 632-7700 or   www.delanolasvegas.com

Sep. 5 -- Kevin Hart & Friends Comedy All-Stars at the Chelsea and Cosmopolitan.

Sep. 5-6 -- Jerry Seinfeld in the Colosseum - Caesars Palace.

Sep. 5-7 -- Arts & Crafts Show - Cashman Center. Info: http://festivalnet.com/58346/Las-Vegas-Nevada/Art-and-Craft-Shows/Las-Vegas-Harvest-Festival-Original-Art-Craft-Show

Sep. 8 -- Frontier Airlines inaugurates flights from Washington, D.C. to Las Vegas.

Sep. 9-14 -- San Gennaro Italian Festival at the Grand Canyon Shopping Center, 4245 Grand Canyon Drive and West Flamingo Road. West of the 215. More info:
http://sangennarofeast.com

Sep. 11 -- Frontier Airlines inaugurates flights from Cleveland to Las Vegas with fares as low as $99, one way.

Sep. 12-15 -- Luis Miguel in the Colosseum and Caesars Palace.

Sep. 18-21 -- 2014 Mr. Olympia and L.V. Convention Center. More info: http://mrolympia.com/2014/

Sep. 19 -- "Yesterday - The Beatle's Tribute" at Sunset Station.

Sep. 19 -- Diana Ross in the Colosseum and Caesars Palace.

Sep. 20 -- Mariachi Festival and Planet Hollywood.

Sep. 20 -- Downtown Brew Festival and Clark County Amphitheater. More info: http://downtownbrewfestival.com

Sep. 20-Oct. 5 -- Rod Stewart in The Colosseum and Caesars Palace.

Around Sep. 23 (Fall- 2014) -- Opening of The Grand Bazaar Shops in front of Bally's on The Strip. The outdoor mall will feature many shops and restaurants, some of which will be: Swatch, Superdry, Havaianas and Campo Marzio.

Around Sep. 23 (Fall- 2014) -- Details of "KISS" residency announced at Hard Rock.    

Around Sep. 23 (Fall- 2014) -- Opening of new restaurants, in the Red Rock Resort, with patio service and and an entrance with direct access from the parking lot and another entrance from the casino:
1. an unnamed restaurant, by the Light Group, which will have a small-plates menu, craft beers and an extensive wine list
2. an unnamed noodle restaurant by Station Casinos, located between the Grand Cafe and the high-limit gaming area
3. a replacement for the closed Terra Rossa, with a new Italian-themed restaurant
4. Hearthstone Kitchen & Cellar which will replace the closed Hachi Japanese restaurant

Around Sep. 23 (Fall- 2014) -- Opening of a new three-story shopping center in front of Treasure Island, located on The Strip and Spring Mountain Road. First announced tenant is CVS Pharmacy. The Sirens Cove lagoon, in front of the Treasure Island Hotel, has been drained and made much smaller to make way for this shopping center. The free Sirens of TI show closed.

Sep. 25-27 -- Barrett-Jackson collector car auction at Mandalay Bay Events Center.

Sep. 25-29 -- Big Blues Bender Festival featuring B.B. King, George Thorogood and etc. at Riviera.

Sep. 26 -- Katy Perry  in the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Sometime in Sep. -- Pantry, the new 24-hour coffee shop opens and Mirage.

Sometime in Sep. -- Blancpain Watches and Polo Ralph Lauren open their retail stores in the Forum Shops in Caesars Palace.

Oct. 1 -- A new Harley-Davidson motorcycle mega store will open near the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign at the South end of The Strip. The store will be equipped with motorcycle simulators, a course for test rides, a merchandise area, a parts department and a showroom full of hogs. The store will replace the Harley-Davidson store on Sahara and Eastern Avenues.

Oct. 9 -- Opening of Downtown Summerlin (formerly The Shops at Summerlin) located near the 215 Beltway and Charleston Boulevard, just southeast of the Red Rock Casino.
The outdoor mall will have offices, hotels, restaurants and125 retail stores. More than 2,000 employees are expected to work there. The office building will be called One Summerlin.
Here are a few of the stores:
American Eagle
Bath &Body Works
Boston Proper (women's apparel)
Buckle (clothing for young men and women)
Chico's FAS (women's apparel)
Clarks (premium shoes)
Dillard's (department store)
Elizabeth Blau restaurant (serving seafood and steak).Unnamed.
Everything But Water (designer swim and resort wear)
Golfsmith (golf and tennis equipment)
It's Sugar (candy store)
Macy's (department store)
Michael Kors (sportswear for women)
Nordstrom Rack (discount store)
Off Broadway (shoes)
Old Navy (discount apparel)
Pandora (jewelry)
Red Robin (gourmet burgers)
Regal Summerlin 5 (movie theater)
Resto Lounge
Sephora (cosmetics)
Sports Authority (all things sports)
Sur La Table (French restaurant)
Teavana (tea store)
The Art of Shaving (upscale men's barber shop)
Trader Joe's (gourmet food store)
True Religion (jeans)
Ulta (cosmetics)
Victoria's Secret (lingerie).

Oct. 11 -- The Eagles in the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Oct. 12 -- Enrique Iglesias/Pitbull at Mandalay Bay Events Center.

Oct. 18 -- Basketball. NBA pre-season exhibition. Clippers vs. Nuggets and Mandalay Bay Events Center.

Oct. 24 -- NBA basketball exhibition. Lakers vs Kings in the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Oct. 24-26 -- "Life is Beautiful" Music, Food and Art Festival features 70 performers and Downtown. More information:
www.lifeisbeautiful.com

Oct. 24 to Nov. 2 -- World Series of Bowling and South Point. [ESPN-TV]

Nov. 5-23 -- Rod Stewart at The Colosseum and Caesars Palace.

Nov. 10-11 -- World Series of Poker. Final Table of 9 players. Winner to receive $10 million, diamond bracelet and bragging rights for one year at Rio. [ESPN2-TV]

Nov. 14-16 -- Rock ’n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon on The Strip.

Nov. 20 -- Latin Grammy's at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Nov. 21 -- "Supreme Reflections: A Tribute to Diana Ross and the Supremes" at Texas Station.

Nov. 28 -- Justin Timberlake and MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Dec. 4-13 -- NFR(National Finals Rodeo) - Thomas & Mack Center.

Dec. 6 -- Amy Schumer at the Chelsea at Cosmopolitan.

Dec. 6 -- Andrea Bocelli and MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Sometime in 2014 -- The Las Vegas Shakespeare Company completes a  $45 million expansion, which will include a new theater and rehearsal space, a lounge, a gallery in conjunction with Opportunity Village, and Rosemary's Cafe which will be an upscale eatery and bar and will have terrace seating. Location is the former Reed Whipple Cultural Center building, downtown at 821 Las Vegas Blvd. N., between Bonanza Rd. and Washington Ave.

Sometime in 2014 -- A new steakhouse will open and Palace Station.

Sometime in 2014 -- "XISHI", (pronounced “zai-she”), an Asian fusion restaurant will open. It's going to be located in the space that was occupied by the Little Buddha restaurant.  - Palms.

Sometime in 2014 -- Miracle Mile Shops in the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino will start construction to redevelop a 60,000 square-foot area on Harmon Avenue into a dining and entertainment destination. Located on the property’s south end.

Sometime in 2014 -- Construction will start on the Oriental-themed "Resorts World Las Vegas." Malaysia-based Genting Group paid Boyd Gaming Corp. $350 million to acquire the mothballed Echelon Place development on the hallowed gambling ground site of the former Stardust Hotel. Genting said it would spend between $2 billion and $7 billion over the next few years to build the resort ,which will feature a replica of the Great Wall of China, faux terra cotta warriors and displays for live pandas. The resort is expected to open sometime in 2016. Initial gaming license has been obtained.

Around the end of 2014 -- Morimoto will replace the Japonais restaurant and Mirage.

2015

Jan. 30-31, 2015 -- Collectables Show and Arizona Charlie's on Decatur.

Feb. 1, 2015 -- Super Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium

Feb. 19,2015 -- Chinese New Year. The year of the sheep.

Early 2015 -- MR. CHOW restaurant opens where the Empress Court restaurant is now located on the second floor at Caesars Palace. MR. CHOW specializes in Beijing-style duck.

Early 2015 -- PURE Nightclub reopens after major renovations and Caesars Palace.

Around Mar. 20 (Spring,2015) -- Opening of the second phase of Tivoli Village, a European-style shopping center,located on the corner of Rampart and Alta in the northwest area of the city.

Apr.  2-5, 2015  -- Viva Las Vegas Rockabilly Weekend Party at the  Orleans Hotel. More info. at www.vivalasvegas.net

Apr. 15-19,2015 -- Horse show. World Cup Finals in both show jumping and dressage and Thomas & Mack Center.

Apr. 23-26,2015 -- Marvel Universe - Thomas & Mack.More info. at:
http://marveluniverselive.com/tours-tickets.php

Apr. 2015 -- A new 9,000 seat, baseball stadium is projected to open at \the 215 Beltway and Charleston, in Summerlin. The Las Vegas 51s baseball team will move there from rundown Cashman Field.

May 2015 -- Four day "Rock in Rio USA" music festival, to be held on The Strip, between Circus Circus and Sahara Avenue. Up to 80,000 people are expected. Projected are five stages, themed streets featuring sights, sounds and foods of Brazil, the U.S. and the United Kingdom, and thrill rides and shopping areas and MGM Resorts.

Mid-2015 -- SkyVue will open, featuring 32 climate-controlled glass-walled gondolas, each carrying 24 passengers. The project will have the world’s largest HD LED Multi Media display measuring larger than a football field. The project will also include dining and entertainment options.
The multilevel shopping center will have a food court and prime frontage on Las Vegas Blvd.  It is located directly across the street from Mandalay Bay. For more info: http://skyvuelasvegas.com

Around Sep.23 (Fall- 2015) -- UNLV opens the $175 million Midtown Park Project, which includes redevelopment of a 14-acre site directly north of the campus to provide for 2,000 apartment-style, student housing.

Nov. 27, 2015 -- Major renovations completed at Fashion Show Mall.

Sometime in 2015 -- Boulevard Mall, located on Paradise Road, will open a  $25 million renovation with a new line-up of stores, restaurants, entertainment venues, a redesigned façade, landscape, and enhancements to surrounding areas on Maryland Parkway. Other    additions will include free Wi-Fi and a Farmer’s Market.

Sometime in 2015 -- Saks will open a new outlet store in the Premium Outlets North Mall in downtown Las Vegas called the Off 5th store.

Sometime in 2015 -- Tropicana Shops will open located on the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue. It will be accessible    from the mezzanine level of the Tropicana casino, the street and neighboring properties via a pedestrian bridge. It will also have a food court.

2016

Sometime in the spring of 2016 -- MGM Resorts and AEG Live will open a $350 million, 20,000-seat indoor arena. The arena will serve as a venue for NBA and NHL teams, concerts, boxing, mixed martial arts, family shows, award shows and  other major events. It will be located between New York-New York and the Monte Carlo, extending from Las Vegas Blvd. to Frank Sinatra Drive. Construction has started.

Sometime in 2016 -- MGM Resorts will open its version of New York city's Madison Square Park, in front of their Monte Carlo and New York-New York hotels, into an outdoor plaza with 75 mature trees, grass, benches, 50 foot tall tulip-like shade structures  and two 100-foot-long water walls at the entrance. The name of the project is "The Park" and some of the features are:
1. Sake Rok, serving Japanese food and sushi, with a waitstaff who will also double as entertainers. The emcee is a six-foot man dressed in traditional Geisha attire.
2. Shake Shack, an upscale burger stand that has become a New York City favorite (opening Dec. 2014)
3. Bruxie, a gourmet waffle restaurant
4. Cuba Libra Restaurant & Rum Bar
5. The Robert Mondavi, Jr. Wine Experience, a Napa Valley type restaurant, lounge and wine bar.
6. The outdoor "Beer Garden" serving craft beer and farm-to-table meats. Also offering live music and games like bocce ball, darts and outdoor ping-pong.
7. Dierks Bentley Whiskey Row serving “Boilermakers” (shots of whiskey that are dropped into glasses of beer) and playing country music.

"The Park" is intended to lead into a new 20,000-seat arena MGM plans to build behind the two casinos and will open in the spring of 2016. Both projects have started construction and is estimated to cost $100 million.

Sometime in 2016 -- The Oriental-themed "Resorts World Las Vegas"
will open. Malaysia-based Genting Group paid Boyd Gaming Corp.
$350 million to acquire the mothballed Echelon Place development on the hallowed gambling ground site of the former Stardust. Genting said it would spend between $2 billion and $7 billion over the next few years to build the resort ,which will feature a replica of the Great Wall of China, faux terra cotta warriors and displays for live pandas.
The Company operates hotel-casinos worldwide including Resorts World brands in Singapore and at New York City’s Aqueduct Racetrack.

Sometime in 2016 -- South Point opens their new $30 million, two-story arena with a 60-lane bowling facility on the top floor and two additional horse facility arenas on the bottom. The arena site will face Interstate 15, just south of the existing South Point Arena and Equestrian Center.

Sometime in late 2017 -- Opening of the new, $300 million Boulder City Bypass, aimed at loosening the most notable bottleneck between Las Vegas and the Arizona border. The 12-mile route will allow drivers to avoid Boulder City's congested downtown streets.