Football season is here! Temperatures for the opening weekend of college football in Las Vegas have dipped below 110. Seriously, though, high temperatures in Las Vegas should be below 100 soon. The sportsbook might be the best place to enjoy football in Las Vegas, but it isn’t the only place.
There’s a new football party where you can enjoy the games outside but shielded from the sun. Beginning Sunday, September 10, the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center will be showing NFL games. The space will be known as the “Downtown Watch Zone” and will be the largest Downtown Las Vegas football viewing party.
Before moving to Las Vegas I had a job that took me to Los Angeles a few times a year. If there was an excuse to make a pit stop in Las Vegas on the way home my co-workers and I would take it. Some of the pit stops in Las Vegas were for work and play and other times it was all play.
Some of my favorite trips to Las Vegas are now known as “One Night In Vegas.” The visits could have lasted 24 hours but they also could have lasted 8-12 hours. One night in Las Vegas doesn’t leave much time to do a lot but that doesn’t mean we didn’t try (and succeed).
There’s no tomorrow without today. The building blocks for life happen one day at a time. The casino business is no different. Casinos don’t look the same today as they did 10 years ago. They certainly don’t look the same as they did 30 years ago. Casino operators are always looking to offer amenities for today’s customer with hopes that something will stick for the future.
If you’ve been to Las Vegas in the past year you may have noticed that your adult beverages have been lacking. Some casino operators mandate that bartenders use less alcohol for mixed drinks than your bar at home. There are also some casino bars that use drink monitoring systems to ensure customers “earn” complimentary drinks. Las Vegas today isn’t the free wheeling and drink slinging town it used to be.
Thankfully, for video poker players the complimentary drinks at casino bars aren’t too difficult to earn. You’ll have to keep up a decent pace of play but the green light stays on or the drink tickets flow as long as you keep playing. Personal experience has shown me that this is more annoying than a serious problem.
The Cromwell is a boutique casino and hotel on one of the busiest corners of the Vegas Strip. The corner of Flamingo and Las Vegas Blvd. is home to Bally’s, Bellagio, Caesars Palace, and a lot of cars. The luxury property opened in 2014 using the bones of Barbary Coast and Bill’s Gambling Hall.
Since its inception, this has been one of my favorite casinos on the Vegas Strip. The staff, hotel rooms, rooftop pool, and casino are all great. Caesars Entertainment has made the experience at The Cromwell even better. There are new amenities including an updated casino floor, new technology, and a new restaurant that was sorely needed.
Shopping on the Vegas Strip is booming in more ways than one. Malls have become more than a place to get air conditioning during the dog days of summer. Tourist visiting Las Vegas to shop are spending more money than ever. Shopping on the Vegas Strip has even gone outside.
Casino operators and land owners continue to build more shopping options on the Vegas Strip. Some existing shopping venues are being sold at massive prices. The Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood and Crystals at CityCenter were each sold for more than a billion dollars.
Finding a hotel room bargain in Las Vegas is getting trickier. It’s always been wise to book so that you avoid major holidays, events, and weekends. Those are the busiest days and night in Las Vegas. Saving money isn’t easy when it’s busy. When more people visit Las Vegas there are fewer hotel rooms available and prices usually rise when the supply of rooms decreases.
We’ve often discussed avoiding major conventions when looking for the best hotel room rates. Conventions are often a foil for low mid-week rates. This year there are about 5 – 7 of those large conventions that will affect prices. The hunt for hotel room bargains will be even more complicated in the future.
The least exciting part of tourism in Las Vegas is probably conventions and meetings. We all want to see the newest restaurants, bars, casinos, clubs, and attractions on our own time. However, the catalyst to experience Las Vegas for many people over the years are company conferences, conventions, and meetings.
Casino-resort operators in Las Vegas are planning for even more people to visit Las Vegas for work. All over town the casinos are expanding convention and meeting spaces more than any other part of the property. These convention and meeting spaces can be inexpensive and simple or modern and elaborate.
We’re deep in the heart of summer and you might not be ready for the fall. You know what time it is? It’s time to start getting serious about plans this fall. According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, about 14% of people plan their trip to Las Vegas 61-90 days in advance.
The transformation of Monte Carlo to Park MGM started on October 3, 2016. The vision for this area actually started a few years ago when MGM Resorts International started construction on T-Mobile Arena behind New York-New York casino. The Park opened on April 4, 2016, in between New York-New York and Monte Carlo just before the arena finally opened its doors.
The Park works nicely as a restaurant row as visitors make their way to the arena and the Park Theater at Monte Carlo (soon to be Park MGM) from the Vegas Strip. The area with two casinos, an arena, and the park-like area will become one when the transformation of Monte Carlo is complete in 2018. It’s been awhile since we’ve updated you on the progress of Park MGM so let’s get to it.