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Singapore resort ready for grand opening

18 Jun 2010

By Howard Stutz
SINGAPORE -- The Marina Bay Sands in Singapore opened at the end of April, but the $5.7 billion, 2,560-room hotel-casino officially celebrates its grand opening Wednesday.

The three-towered, 55-story resort was built and is owned by Las Vegas Sands Corp.

The focus of Marina Bay Sands' grand opening festivities will be centered on the property's nearly 3-acre SkyPark, which was built atop the three hotel towers and includes an observation deck, gardens, pools, restaurant and nightclub.

The SkyPark will open to the public for the first time.

To celebrate, Las Vegas Sands will sponsor a climb to the Sands SkyPark. Seven teams representing seven regions of the world will scale the towers followed by a sprint across the SkyPark to the finish line.

After the competition, skydivers will descend over Marina Bay Sands and land in the Marina Bay reservoir.

Las Vegas Sands opened more than 900 rooms of the Marina Bay Sands in April, along with the casino, portions of the convention area and several restaurants. The company will open the remaining 1,600 rooms, retail, additional restaurants and more convention space Wednesday.

As part of the two-day celebration, the Sands SkyPark will be opened to ticket-holding public on Thursday.

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