After more than a year of silence, details about the joint-venture arena between Sands Corp. and Madison Square Garden have come out. The size of the arena, which will be located on Sands Avenue behind Venetian/Palazzo, has grown from 400,000 square feet and 17,500 seats to almost 600,000 square feet and 18,500 seats.
Representatives for the Sands say it will be the “world’s largest venue built specifically for music and entertainment.” Originally planned to open in 2018, construction is now slated to begin in 2018 and it will be completed in 2020.
The impromptu memorial for the victims of the strip shooting that sprang up at the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign has been moved. The crosses and mementos at the site have been boxed and transported to the Clark County Museum, 1830 S. Boulder Highway, where they will become part of the museum’s permanent collection.
All Boyd properties have gone to a 48-hour rule for entering rooms with “Do Not Disturb” signs displayed. Termed a “safety and welfare check,” the policy deems employees will enter a room after two days, down from three days, following the strip shooting. The shooter in this mass killing displayed a “Do Not Disturb” sign for several days prior to opening fire on concertgoers below. Wynn Resorts earlier announced that it would conduct checks after 12 hours.
NOG ON SALE
Ellis Island’s holiday egg nog is now available. This is the 15th straight year that the nog has been mixed and sold from the bar at the casino (it contains alcohol). The price is the same as last year: $6 per glass and $30 per bottle.
Question: Who won the buffet poll?
Answer: The best buffet poll that was mentioned in this column last week came down to the wire.
With more than 1,500 votes cast for “the buffet you would choose if you could eat only one on a trip,” the winner was the Studio B Buffet at M Resort, with 12 percent of the vote. It was followed closely by The Buffet at Wynn Las Vegas and the Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace, with 11 percent each.