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Major Las Vegas openings in 2014...maybe

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Las Vegas adds and subtracts things a lot. Hotels, attractions, restaurants, shows, retail venues and their associated plans come and go and are changed, as no other destination city sheds its analogous skin more often than Vegas. Further, actual opening dates of major projects are almost always later than those originally announced, which suggests a fair amount of "anticipatory" marketing takes place here. Of course it does.

There are a number of significant openings slated for Las Vegas in 2014. The following is a partial rundown of hotel, retail area, dining, attraction, and entertainment venues expected to debut this year in the area.

  • The LINQ - Caesars Entertainment will debut this 300,000 sq. ft. open-air retail, dining, and entertainment district in the heart of the Vegas Strip this year (partially accessible now). More than 30 shops and venues are planned upon completion. The focal point of this area is the 550-foot tall High Roller Ferris wheel, which has already tested its impressive lighting system.
  • SLS Las Vegas - This SBE-owned hotel is the renovated replacement for the iconic Sahara Hotel located on the North Strip. The owners will spend over $400 million on renovation costs of the gutted Sahara. The hotel will house 1600 guest rooms, feature 30,000 sq. ft. of convention space, and a 10,000 sq. ft. Fred Segal retail space. The grand opening of the SLS is expected this fall.
  • Delano Hotel - This hotel represents the transformation of THEHotel at Mandalay Bay which was originally slated to be completed last year. This all-suite boutique lodging option brings the style and sophistication of the original Delano South Beach hotel in Miami. Latest estimates of actual opening indicate this September or October, with officials claiming THEHotel will remain the official name of the location until renovations are at least 75% complete.
  • MGM Entertainment District - MGM Resorts International will open an outdoor entertainment district plaza connecting New York-New York (NYNY) and the Monte Carlo on the South Strip. The pedestrian area will will feature new restaurants, shops, Hershey's Chocolate World, and a refurbishment of the Nine Fine Irishmen Pub. The retail district should be completed within the next 3 - 4 months according to latest estimates. Eventually, the parent company will add a 20,000 seat sports arena complex to be located to the west and behind the NYNY and Monte Carlo resorts with completion expected sometime within the next few years. The arena project recently obtained permit approval.
  • Renovated but as yet unnamed Bills Gamblin Hall & Saloon property - The former Bills Gamblin Hall on the Strip has been undergoing renovations since Feb. 2013, and was originally intended to be renamed the Gansevoort. The partnership between that group and Caesars Entertainment recently fell apart and the future partner and name is unknown at publication time. The property will feature 188 rooms, 19 suites, a 40,000 sq. ft. casino, a restaurant with Strip views, and a Drai's Nightclub and rooftop pool / entertainment venue. The new unnamed hotel will open in late spring or early summer 2014 according to latest estimates. **Info update 2/5/2014 - This property will be called The Cromwell according to Caesars Entertainment.
  • Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally's - Caesars Entertainment will unveil a 150 venue, 2-acre shopping complex fronting the Bally's resort on the Strip sometime this fall. It is designed and labeled as a 21st century bazaar resembling classic shopping spaces worldwide. The new bazaar will include dining, bar, and shopping venues.
  • Treasure Island's 'retail-tainment' center - Treasure Island on the Strip has done away with the Sirens pirate show and plans to embed a 3-story, 46,000 sq. ft. shopping complex in the lagoon area fronting the hotel. A CVS pharmacy, shops, restaurants, and bars are to be included. Officials claim the main structure will be completed in October with shops opening late in the year.
  • Slotzilla - Downtown's new zip line attraction was originally slated for completion in June 2013. Riders will soar at either 70 or 110 feet above the Fremont Street Experience for $20 - $40 per rider, depending on options. The latest completion and debut dates are slated for February or March 2014.
  • El Loco roller coaster at Adventuredome/ Circus Circus - Riders on this recent coaster addition at the Adventuredome will speed along at 45 m.p.h. during a 72-second ride in four-passenger cars. Riders will reportedly reach a height of 90 feet and will experience negative 1.5 vertical G's on this twisting, turning, and occasionally upside-down ride attraction. The opening date is slated for late January or early February.
  • Border Grill addition at Caesars Palace - Long a Mexican cuisine mainstay at Mandalay Bay, the Border Grill will add a second location at Caesars Palace. The new Border Grill will reportedly assume the space once occupied by PJ Clarke's at Caesars. Opening date for this venue is late spring 2014.
  • Food court renovations at Mandalay Bay and MGM Grand - New fast food vendors, decor, and a host of amenity changes have resulted from food court renovations at these two MGM Resorts Strip properties. Renovations should be completed by mid-summer at both locations.

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