Saying goodbye to casinos ain’t what it used to be. Casinos used to be imploded and rebuilt from the ground up. We haven’t seen a casino implosion in Las Vegas in many years. Casinos are now being renovated to become new properties. This isn’t a new phenomenon.
More than 10 years ago the second Aladdin casino was renovated to become Planet Hollywood. More recently we’ve seen Sahara, Bill’s, and Fitzgerald’s closed and reopened as SLS Las Vegas, The Cromwell, and The D. This year we’ve been watching Monte Carlo under construction all year. In 2018 the casino will be rebranded as Park MGM. Unlike the others, this casino isn’t even closing for renovations.
MGM Resorts recently announced that they won’t be building new casinos in the United States. If the transformation of Monte Carlo as Park MGM is successful the casino operator will reinvent other properties in the same way.
We may not see one of the grand Vegas implosions for years. As the year is coming to an end, let’s look back at some of the great Las Vegas casino implosions:
Sands – Now The Venetian and The Palazzo
Dunes – Now Bellagio
Stardust – Soon to be Resorts World Las Vegas (maybe).
Landmark – Fabulous implosion but nothing located here yet. Will soon become part of Las Vegas Convention Center.
New Frontier – Fabulous implosion but nothing located here. The land was purchased to become Alon, but that failed and the land is up for sale.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.
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