The transformation of Monte Carlo to Park MGM is the major construction that we’ll continue to see on the Vegas Strip throughout the year. On their most recent earnings call MGM Resorts International CEO, Jim Murren, said the entire renovation wouldn’t be completed until the fourth quarter of 2018. That means the property will be under construction until October, November or December.
MGM Resorts says that they consider 2018 a “ramp up” of activity for Park MGM. This long renovation process is already showing some new parts. There are new restaurants, bars, and hotel rooms open and available at Monte Carlo/Park MGM. The new swimming pool complex will be open on March 5.
MGM Resorts expects NoMad, the luxury hotel inside of Park MGM, to be a work in progress until the end of the year. Murren went on to say that there would be construction at the Vegas Strip entrance until late 2018. The company doesn’t expect Eataly Las Vegas to open until “late 2018.”
Construction All Around Las Vegas

Las Vegas seems as though it’s beginning a construction boom. There are construction projects already started or about to get started all over town right now. Let’s take a look at some of the hotels and entertainment venues that will begin or are already under construction.

  • The Drew, formerly Fontainebleau, will begin construction to finish the partially build casino-resort on the north end of the Vegas Strip later this year. They expect to be open by late 2020.
  • Wynn Resorts has already started preparing the foundation for the Paradise Park expansion. You can already see work underway on the land that was once home to the golf course. They have also said that construction should begin on a new hotel across the street next to Fashion Show Mall this year as well.
  • Genting says that Resorts World will finally begin construction this year next to that new Wynn tower. Of course, they broke ground on construction in 2015 so put this on ice until you see work actually taking place.
  • Back across the street on the Vegas Strip, we should see the Las Vegas Convention Center expansion begin this year as well. You can read more about the two phases of the expansion project here.
  • Construction on a new football stadium is already underway. The stadium is on the opposite side of I-15 from Mandalay Bay. This will be the future home of the Oakland Raiders and will open in time for kickoff of the 2020 NFL season.
  • Las Vegas Sands first announced that they would be building a performance arena behind The Venetian and The Palazzo a couple of years ago. Construction on the MSG Sphere should begin this summer. You can read more about the venue here. It sounds fantastic for audiophiles.
  • The Vegas Strip isn’t the only part of Las Vegas that has plans. The destruction of Las Vegas Club in downtown Las Vegas is complete. Construction on an unnamed casino-resort is expected to begin this summer.
  • Some construction is less exciting than other. While MGM Resorts is already opening some of their convention center expansions and upgrades Caesars Entertainment is just getting started. Construction on a meeting and convention area behind Harrah’s, The Linq, and Flamingo is set to begin later this year.

18 Fremont (Las Vegas Club)
All-Net Arena
Harrah’s/Linq/Flamingo Convention – Caesars Forum
MGM Grand Convention
Resorts World
Fontainebleau/Project Blue
Sands/MSG Concert Hall
Football/Raiders Stadium
Wynn Paradise Park


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