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NFL’s Raiders to hit Sin City before venue opens in 2020


    A man celebrated the Raiders moving to Las Vegas on March 27.

The Raiders NFL franchise is moving to Las Vegas. By a vote of 31-1, NFL owners last month approved the Raiders’ request to move from Oakland to Las Vegas. There are still a lot of details to be worked out, but best guesses have the Raiders playing in a temporary Las Vegas facility as early as 2018, then taking residence in a new stadium in 2020. The likely stadium location is an area on the south end of the Strip, just west of I-15. There’s been no information released concerning ticket prices.

Cosmo next: You can still park free at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, but that won’t be the case for long. Paid valet parking will begin April 18, followed by paid self-parking May 16. Fees will start at $7 for self and $13 for valet.

Lose a Zooza: The Zoozacrackers Deli, which opened with Wynn Las Vegas, will close for good when the sports book undergoes its renovation starting Monday. The space will reportedly be used for a giant LED screen.

Bangers at Barley’s: The brewing operations of Barley’s Casino are being taken over by Las Vegas’ Banger Brewing. Barley’s has brewed its own beer since it opened, and Barley’s beers will remain, although they might be changed slightly by the Banger brewers.

Bellagio spring display: The spring display at the Bellagio Conservatory & Botanical Gardens has a Japanese theme, featuring a teahouse, a temple, a 35-foot kabuki figure and 80,000 (count ’em) flowers. The display is free to view 24/7 and runs through May 14.

Question: Is there a casino in Las Vegas with robot bartenders?

Answer: Not yet, but “robotenders” are just around the corner. A new bar under construction in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood will feature the world’s first land-based robotic bartenders (they’re already in action on cruise ships), which will mix and serve drinks — and even communicate to some degree with patrons. The bar, tentatively called Tipsy Robots, is expected to debut in June.

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