In a city that is constantly reinventing itself, it’s hard to keep up with the ever changing excitement that is Las Vegas! World-renowned food, entertainment, and nightlife make this sparkling jewel of the desert an international vacation destination. We keep up with all the latest things you will be able to do in the Las Vegas soon…
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Wynn Reverses Parking Fees
Have you found yourself missing the glory days, when parking at your favorite resort was completely free? Wynn Las Vegas intends to answer your calls on July 1st with free parking – for paying customers, that is. Those who spend at least $50 during their time inside Wynn or Encore should present receipts upon departure to avoid being charged. This includes receipts from retail shops, restaurants, theaters, lounges, and nightclubs as well as proof of funds put toward gameplay. For larger parties, total expenses can even be split between vehicles.
There’s even more good news – if you’re an overnight guest at one of these resorts, parking will be comped for you as well! But wanderers who intend to keep their wallets firmly in their pockets should be careful. Spend over an hour inside without forking over $50, and you’ll be charged the usual rate.
The Wall - eSports
Playing video games is serious business, and the competition is heating up with a new esports venue at the Rio. The Wall is a mixed gaming and dining concept that is emerging first as a temporary venue near the Pavillion Room in time to coincide with the resort’s World Series of Poker. A permanent 25,000-square-foot version is set to open later in the Masquerade Village.
The Linq Promenade in 2019 will welcome a Southeast Asian-themed immersive entertainment hub. It combines Asian street food, cashless retail, and live music. Taking its cues from Hollywood, the 100,000-square-foot multistory attraction will use film and holographic special effects to recreate the streets and temples of Bangkok and Singapore. The $100 million project is the brain child of Jane’s Addiction frontman and Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell.
The company who runs New York’s Madison Square Garden unveiled their new design for a 500-foot-wide, 360-foot-tall spherical concert arena.
Billed by its investors as an interactive, immersive concert experience, the arena plans to move concerts into the twenty-first century. They promise Internet access at each seat and will beam audio directly to each seat rather than using masses of speakers.
MSG will break ground on MSG Sphere in late 2018. It will be built near the Venetian and the Wynn, with pedestrian bridges to the former.
Virtual Reality Coaster
The newly upgraded, virtual-reality Big Apple Roller Coaster at MGM’s New York New York Hotel and Casino opens February 7, 2018. Topping out at 67 mph and measuring 4,777-feet, this is the longest virtual-reality roller coaster in the world. It’s also the world’s first to feature a 180-degree heartline twist and dive. The real thrill, however, is its use of virtual-reality enhancements that take riders wearing headsets on an off-track journey through the Strip and the Nevada desert. Tickets will cost $20 per person. Purists will still be able to ride the traditional way for $15.
Las Vegas Aces
MGM resorts has chosen the name Las Vegas Aces for its new Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) franchise. Formerly the San Antonio Stars, the team will begin playing at its new home at Mandalay Bay Events Center in 2018. The Aces are Las Vegas’ second professional sports team and are part of the rise of Sin City sports. Fans can make a deposit for Las Vegas Aces tickets through AXS.com.
New Esports Arena
Gamers and sports enthusiasts now have their own way to experience the Las Vegas Strip. Esports Arena Las Vegas opens March 22, 2018. The gaming arena is the result of a partnership between MGM Resorts International, Allied eSports, and eSports Arena. It fFlills the 30,000-foot, two-floor space at Luxor once occupied by megaclub LAX. Features include a 50-foot LED video wall, telescopic seating, a production studio, and food and drink offerings from famed restaurateur and chef Jose Andres. Expect day passes to sell for around $20. Participating in tournaments events will cost extra.
Star Wars VR
Las Vegas will be one of only four cities to get its very own Star Wars-themed location-based virtual reality (VR). The experience allows players to immerse themselves in a Rebel takedown of the Empire and will open in early 2018 in the Venetian’s Grand Canal Shoppes. Its developer, The Void, has not yet given an exact opening date, but told reporters reservations and tickets will be soon available. Check back with us for updates and links to tickets.
Lady Gaga Residency
Chart-topping pop sensation Lady Gaga starts her 74-show, two-year Las Vegas residency in December 2018. Shows will be at the 5,300-seat MGM Park Theater. Like Britney Spears and Jennifer Lopez, even at premium prices fans should expect her shows to sell out quickly. For ticket prices and exact dates, check back regularly.
Those who seek an adrenaline rush during their nights out are in luck! Fly LINQ, recently announced by Caesars Entertainment, will be the Las Vegas Strip’s very first zipline. The ride will give 10 riders the chance to simultaneously fly 1,080 feet over The LINQ Promenade in either a flat or seated position. With a growing demand for short, adventurous attractions, this experience is bound to reel in guests of all ages and give them a new perspective on Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Lights Football Club
Professional soccer is coming to Las Vegas in 2018, and it’s going to be lit. The Las Vegas Lights Football Club is gearing up for their Player Combine on December 9th and 10th as part of their search for local talent. The expansion team will be making downtown’s Cashman Field their home as the 51s prepare to transition to a new baseball diamond in 2019. The stadium holds more than enough space for a soccer pitch, and there are plans to fix up seating and add amenities.
With the start of soccer season coming up fast, sports fans are no doubt curious as to what the team’s roster is going to look like. The recent announcement of who Lights FC’s head coach is might give you a pretty good idea. José Luis Sanchez Solá, known as Chelís, is a bold breath of fresh air. He’s dedicated to picking up players from the area, looking for firepower as unique and exhilarating as Las Vegas itself. To add to the excitement, Lights FC will start the year off with matches against Major League Soccer teams in February.
Camden Lounge and Opal Room
The Palms Casino Resort continues its massive revamp. 2018 additions include the Camden Cocktail Lounge and a boutique nightclub called Opal Room. Fresh venues mark the beginning of a $485 million effort to bring back the former love and appreciation for Palms Hotel. Clique Hospitality will do these latest renovations. Camden lounge will move into the space on the casino floor that previously housed Social. The Opal Room will takeover Ghostbar’s former location on the 55th floor.
What was formerly the Monte Carlo is transforming into a luxurious new resort dubbed the Park MGM. This revamp offers a high-class experience right across from The Park and in between T-Mobile Arena and Park Theater. The new lobby’s magnificent design and the elegance of restaurants like Primrose are only two of the most alluring details. With all that plus new rooms to curl up in at the end of the day, this property is bound to become a favorite. The below shows us visiting the new rooms, keep checking back for the latest details!
Park MGM Rooms
Wynn Paradise Park
Bulldozers are slated to clear land on the Wynn Country Club in March 2018. Golfers have said their goodbyes to a ghost of the Las Vegas Strip past: the Desert Inn Golf Course. Both must make way for the newest figment from Steve Wynn’s imagination: Wynn Paradise Park. Borrowing concepts from Disney World, it re-imagines the area as a 38-acre lagoon bordered by a mile of boardwalks and white-sand beaches. The project’s capstone is a 1,500-room, 47-story hotel and convention center. Wynn envisions a Carnivale theme and described nightly parades of floats and fireworks.