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As Casino City's associate editor, Dan produces and edits all of our weekly newsletters, and he writes about the gaming industry for our websites and the GPWA Times Magazine. Dan graduated from Marist College in 2017 with a degree in Communications and a concentration in Sports.

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Top 10 Las Vegas projects to be completed by 2021

17 Dec 2018

By Dan Ippolito
Despite already being America’s Playground, Las Vegas is working on projects to expand and add even more excitement for its guests and visitors. With areas like New Jersey and Mississippi continuing to make changes, Las Vegas must do the same to stay ahead of the competition. Whether it's for casinos, hotels or entertainment, Las Vegas has always been at the top of the list — and it looks to stay there with these upcoming changes. Here we look at 10 projects that are expected to be finished by 2021: 10. Area 15 Located on Desert Inn Road behind Trump International Hotel Las Vegas on the north end of the Strip, this 126,000-square-foot retail and entertainment complex is expected to be completed in the last half of 2019. Plans include dining options, eSports, live performances, shopping, interactive art and the first permanent Las Vegas exhibition by Meow Wolf. It will also feature a 32,000-square-foot outdoor event space. Ground was broken on the Area 15 site back in April after Fisher Brothers purchased the property. The name of the site is a pun that references the rumored U.S. Government site Area 51. 9. Kind Heaven Kind Heaven, scheduled to open toward the end of next summer, will be located in The LINQ Hotel & Casino Promenade on the Las Vegas Strip. The goal of this $100 million attraction is for guests to feel like they are in Southeast Asia. Visitors will have the chance to experience music in three nightclubs, including Surging Dragon at the Asian night market. The market will include an array of food vendors from Bangkok and Singapore, along with craftsmen throughout. Also included will be a forest environment that contains robotics and hidden projectors to give visitors the chance to enjoy the illusions provided. 8. Caesars Forum Back in July, Caesars Entertainment Corporation broke ground on Caesars Forum. The $375 million, 650,000-square-foot conference center is within walking distance to over 20,000 Caesars Entertainment hotel rooms and adjacent to The LINQ Promenade. The most impressive feature is its size. It will be the first facility of this size built on one level and will feature the two largest pillar-less ballrooms in the world, equivalent to 27 tennis courts or three ice hockey rinks. It will also feature Forum Plaza, the first 100,000-square-foot dedicated outdoor meeting and event space in Las Vegas. The conference center will create 1,000 local construction jobs and more than 450 permanent jobs upon opening in 2020. 7. Wynn West In the beginning of November, Wynn Las Vegas announced it was no longer going to build Paradise Park, the lagoon theme park it had been planning for a few years. However, parts of the project will continue to be built. One is the 400,000-square-foot convention center that Wynn Las Vegas hopes to open in 12 to 18 months. Another continuation of the project is the 38 acres of land on the Las Vegas Strip that was purchased for the lagoon. Instead of the lagoon, Wynn Las Vegas is going to have a hotel and casino expansion called Wynn West built at this location. This portion has a longer timetable. According to Craig Billings, CFO of Wynn Resorts, it will take two years for the designing and beginning of development to take place. “From April 2016 to today, we always struggled with Phase 2 of Paradise Park,” Wynn Resorts CEO Matt Maddox told analysts during the conference call. “How are we going to make a room tower in a town with a lot of rooms pencil along with a lagoon? We weren’t really interested in building a large public swimming pool for the Las Vegas Strip. So we just decided, ‘Let’s go with Phase 1.’ We know the convention center is going to work.” 6. MSG Sphere The Madison Square Garden Company and Las Vegas Sands Corp. broke ground on the MSG Sphere, which will be located at The Venetian Las Vegas, back on 27 September. The Sphere will have a 160,000-square-foot LED screen that wraps around the interior of the bowl-shaped venue. Not only will the interiors have an LED screen, but The Sphere will have an LED exterior that is fully programmable, creating a digital showcase for brands, artists, events and partners. It will also include an infrasound haptic flooring system that will convey bass through the floor to add to the experience for the guests. The new entertainment venue, planned to open in 2021, will create an estimated 3,500 local jobs each year during construction and 4,400 jobs annually once open. It will also have over 18,000 seats that all face the stage. It will be located on a 63-acre site on Sands Avenue and will be over 360 feet tall and over 500 feet in width. The MSG Sphere is also expected to have an annual economic output of $730 million from venue operation and incremental visitation to Las Vegas. 5. Convention center In early September, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) Board of Directors took the final step needed to begin construction on the Las Vegas Convention Center District’s Phase Two expansion by approving the guaranteed maximum price agreement. “We’ve been the No. 1 trade show destination in North America for 24 consecutive years, but we must continue to be innovative and upgrade our offerings if we’re going to maintain that top spot. This expansion and renovation is our commitment to our clients and our community to foster growth and continue to deliver the excellent service and amenities that have made Las Vegas the world’s premier destination,” said Steve Hill, LVCVA Chief Executive Officer. The Phase Two expansion is slated for completion in time to welcome CES in 2021. Phase Three will be the complete renovation of the existing 3.2 million-square-foot facility, with a projected completion date of 2023. The project will generate an additional $2.1 billion in economic activity during construction, and upon completion will have an annual incremental economic impact of $810 million while attracting more than 600,000 additional visitors each year. 4. Las Vegas Stadium The current Oakland Raiders of the National Football League will have a new home in 2020 after the completion of the Las Vegas Stadium. The stadium, which holds 65,000 seats, is scheduled to be completed by the end of July 2020, and appears on track to do so. It is expected to be the home field for the Raiders along with the UNLV football team. UNLV is scheduled to play the first game at the stadium on 29 August 2020, against California. Caesars Entertainment Corporation announced an unprecedented 15-year partnership that will make it the first founding partner of the Las Vegas Stadium. According to reports from the Las Vegas Stadium Authority, about $450 million has been spent on the project thus far. 3. Fremont Hotel Boyd Gaming has invested $32 million to expand Fremont Hotel & Casino. The expansion will include a 509-room hotel tower in the same area of the Fremont Street Experience. A 20,700-square-foot casino area is also part of the expansion plans for the Las Vegas resort, along with the ground floor expanding to 22,200-square-feet. A 700-square-foot bar, a new racebook and sportsbook, and improvements to the parking garage wrap up the plans for the Fremont’s expansion. Construction for this project is expected to take near 30 months. 2. Resorts World Casino Malaysia’s Genting Group broke ground on Resorts World Las Vegas in 2015 after purchasing the property from Boyd Gaming for $350 million in 2013. The $4 billion resort is projected to include 3,000 hotel rooms and a casino with a combined 3,500 slot machines and table games in its initial phase. The property will have 30 food and beverage outlets, a 4,000-seat theater and an elaborate garden attraction that will serve as the property’s front door to the Strip. The project is expected to be completed in 2021, after having experienced a few delays. 1. 18 Fremont Derek Stevens, the owner of The D Las Vegas, has plans for a new property located at 18 Fremont, where the former Las Vegas Club stood. The plan is for the hotel tower to be 459 feet tall and have 777 rooms. There are plans to have a connector bridge between the second-level casino and the parking garage across the street. This will be the only casino with multiple levels besides The D, and they will both be owned by Derek Stevens. The casino is going to have a 117,740-square-foot gaming area, which would make it the largest in downtown Las Vegas. Not only will the hotel have a massive casino, it will also include a sportsbook, several dining locations, a spa, a ballroom and a rooftop bar. The goal is to have this hotel and casino ready to open in late 2020.
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