The rumored sale of the Hard Rock to Richard Branson’s Virgin Group is official. The hotel-casino will continue to operate as the Hard Rock through the end of 2019, at which time Virgin will have completed “hundreds of millions of dollars” in renovations to upgrade the 23-year-old property. Given Virgin’s entertainment focus, the hotel’s reputation for catering to hard-partying millennials figures to remain intact.
A casualty will be the separate Hard Rock Cafe building, which will “most likely” be demolished. Virgin owns one other hotel in the U.S., the Virgin Chicago.
Train leaves the Station: The last evidence of Palace Station’s long-running railroad theme has been swept away. The prominent train sign that marked the switch from the Bingo Palace to Palace Station in the ’80s has been removed, leaving the electronic marquee out front that’s branded only by the Palace Station name.
Rio drops seafood buffet: The Rio has quietly discontinued its Seafood Dinner Buffet. The dinner and brunch options have been reduced in price by $3-$6 and with the revamped menu offerings, comes a new name, the Carnival World Buffet, instead of the Carnival World Buffet & Seafood Buffet.
Hamilton lottery: A digital lottery for tickets to the Las Vegas performances of the musical “Hamilton” has been launched. It’s free to participate in the lottery, with winners allowed to buy up to two tickets at $10 each. Lotteries run for two days prior to each performance with a total of 40 tickets per show being awarded. Download the Hamilton app at the Apple and Google stores and enter once per day. The last show date is June 24.
Question: Where does Las Vegas’ WNBA team play?
Answer: The Las Vegas Golden Knights hockey team might be getting all the attention, but Las Vegas’ other professional sports team, the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces, plays its home games at the Mandalay Bay Events Center. Single-game tickets start at $17.