A new monorail station has been announced for the MSG Sphere, which is under construction behind the Venetian.
The 11,000-square-foot platform will occupy both sides of the existing track at the northwest corner of the Sphere’s location just east of the Strip and connect with the pedestrian bridge between the Sands Convention Center and the Sphere.
Construction of the new station will take about nine months, though neither a timetable nor a budget was revealed. It’s also not clear whether or not this new development will affect ongoing efforts to expand the monorail on the south end of the Strip in concert with the opening of the Raiders football stadium.
Eataly all night: It’s been announced that Eataly, the highly anticipated Italian marketplace — restaurants, fast-food counters, bakery, cooking classes, wine tastings and retail — debuting Dec. 27 at Park MGM will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. When it opens, the Las Vegas location will join 40 other Eatalys in Italy and around the world, including four in the U.S. (New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Boston).
Jackpots: Two $1 million-plus jackpots were hit recently on the Strip and neither was on a slot machine. The Blazing 7’s Blackjack progressive was hit at Paris for $1 million when a player was dealt three seven of diamonds. And $1.3 million was awarded at O’Sheas when a player hit a royal flush on the Three Card Poker progressive side bet. It’s the third time that jackpot has been hit at the casino since 2015.
Question: Which casinos will have ice-skating rinks this year?
Answer: Ice-skating rinks in the desert will open this week at the Cosmopolitan, Green Valley Ranch, Red Rock Resort, The Park between New York-New York and Park MGM, and the Downtown Summerlin shopping enclave on the west side of town. Prices vary, but are typically in the $20 range for all-day access.