Name The Las Vegas Soccer Team
Let’s start the week in news off on the light side for a change. Last week the USL officially welcomed Las Vegas to the league. The team will play at Cashman Field starting with the 2018 season. Ownership has narrowed potential team names down and is allowing fans to select the team name from six finalists.
I’ve made a selection and hope ownership hears my voice. I want to see Club Vegas start play next season. Maybe they can build a VIP area on Cashman Field so we can pop some bottles when the team scores!
If you live in Las Vegas this gives you a chance to name a team to represent your city best. If you’re from another city this name could help shape how people see your favorite place to visit. Vote for the name at vegasprosoccer.com.
Movie Studio Coming To The Vegas Strip?
The Las Vegas Review-Journal posted an article last week about Caesars Entertainment almost exiting bankruptcy. There were a couple of interesting quotes. The most interesting quote is this vague mention, almost in passing, that Caesars might build a movie studio behind Bally’s Las Vegas and Paris Las Vegas. Here’s the full context in case I’m missing something (entirely possible).
“We don’t have a master plan that’s fully baked right now, we’ll be presenting that to the new board, but it’s going to be activated,” Frissora said of the acreage near Bally’s and Paris. “We have lots of good ideas for that property, it’s just solidifying the plans. Right now we’re using a movie studio as part of those plans.”
The article goes on to say that the soundstage at Caesars Palace, which now hosts “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,” is in heavy demand. I’m curious to hear the actual plans for all of the vacant land Caesars Entertainment owns. I’m especially looking forward to seeing what they do in front of Caesars Palace.
I want to point out an error on my part. On July 9, I wrote that Caesars would be building a convention center on the land behind Bally’s. That project is actually slated to go behind The Linq and Flamingo according to the article above. The movie studio mentioned above is tentatively slated for that space behind Bally’s.
Cosmopolitan Gutting And Renovating All Hotel Rooms
Caesars isn’t the only company on the Vegas Strip renovating hotel rooms. Last week the Cosmopolitan announced that they are completely renovating 2,895 hotel rooms in both towers of the casino-resort.
The changes aren’t just putting lipstick on a pig. These renovations are gut renovations and every room will be taken down to bare walls and floors. All furniture and fixtures will be replaced and technology will be upgraded. Every room will have a tablet that controls TV, lighting and will be able to contact housekeeping directly.
Renovations at the Boulevard Tower are underway and should be complete by the end of the year. Renovations at the Chelsea Tower will begin in January 2018 and should be complete before the year is over.
The Cosmopolitan usually has one of the top three average daily room rates in Las Vegas along with Wynn and The Venetian. These renovations should keep them at the Cosmopolitan in the top tier and possibly catapult them to the top of the heap when complete.
Palace Station Expands Upgrades And Renovations
We’ve been writing about Palace Station renovation plans for over a year. So far this year they have added a sweet Bingo room (seriously), renovated the porte-cochere and casino valet, and have given the exterior a new look. Plans still call for two new restaurants.
Last week Red Rock Resorts (parent company of Station Casinos and Palace Station) announced that they would be adding another phase to the renovations. The next set of upgrades will include another new restaurant, luxury movie theaters, a casino bar, a sports book bar, and a resort-style pool complex like you see at Palms, Green Valley Ranch, and Red Rock Casino. This phase of renovations should be complete by the end of 2018.
Along with renovations to the casino floor and restaurants at the Palms, Red Rock Resorts is sinking a lot of money into upgrading their two properties closest to the Vegas Strip. Both properties are located just off the Vegas Strip and have been bargains for the past few years. Renovations usually come with a higher price tag for customers. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for Palace Station and the Palms.
Quickest Quick Hits Ever
I don’t have much, if anything, to say about most of the other news from Las Vegas in the past week. You can dive deeper into anything that sounds interesting.
- Mike Tyson returns to MGM Grand with new stories for “Undisputed Truth: Round 2.” Read more here.
- “Fear the Walking Dead Survival” opened at the Fremont Street Experience. There might be zombies. Read more here.
- Sharknado Live is really coming to Las Vegas. It was originally rumored to open at the Rio but it will actually be at a Caesars Entertainment property on the Vegas Strip. Read more here.
- Rio is getting a new show and there might be a shark. “WOW – A Water Spectacular” opens in late September. Read more here.
- VegasBright.com is back on Monday after a short break. Read more here.
- Flippin’ Good burgers has closed and will reopen on September 1st with a new food concept. Read more here.
- DJ’s can make a lot of money. Hakkasan resident DJ earned $38 million last year according to Forbes. He’s almost 50. Who knew?! Read more here.
- Mlife Rewards is offering special cards and promotions if you were in the military. Read more here.
- I forgot this nugget last week. Downtown Grand now has an all you can eat brunch for $20. The menu looks like it will sop up whatever happened to you in downtown Las Vegas the night before. Read more here.