Finally, the transition from Monte Carlo to Park MGM is official. The change in identity for the 22-year-old, 3,000-room Strip resort includes new restaurants and bars, an expanded theater, a redesigned pool area and new signage.
Work is ongoing on the $550-million rebranding that includes a 292-room hotel within a hotel. NoMad Hotel Las Vegas, which will occupy space inside the Park MGM, and two more high-end restaurants are scheduled to open later this year.
Mandarin Oriental sold: CityCenter Holdings LLC has sold the Mandarin Oriental to an undisclosed buyer for $214 million. The sale of the 392-room non-gambling resort is expected to close this summer.
Megabucks hits at Paris: Megabucks was hit last week at Paris for $11.2 million by a gambler who did not want to be identified. The most recent Megabucks jackpot was hit in September at Fiesta Henderson.
Mariah returns: Mariah Carey is returning to the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. “The Butterfly Returns” residency will run for 12 dates from July 5 to Sept. 10. Tickets range from $59 to $259.
Palms pool closed: The Palms pool will be closed for the summer while a new “daylife” complex is built. Palms guests have pool privileges at the adjacent Palms Place.
Hot: Last week brought the first 100-degree day of the year. It’s a bit early, as the average first day for triple digits in Las Vegas is May 24, but you can expect 80-90 more scorching days to follow.
Question: Will the MSG Sphere Arena mentioned in last week’s column host sporting events or concerts?
Answer: Likely both, but the emphasis will certainly be on music. The performance venue that will go up behind the Venetian will have technology that allows sound to be directed with such precision that different languages can be sent to specific seats without the use of headphones or wires. Las Vegas’ will be the first sphere venue created by Madison Square Garden Co., with a second planned for London.