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Las Vegas Convention Center complex continues to expand

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A design rendering, released April 10, showing how the Las Vegas Convention Center District Phase Two Expansion is expected to look on completion.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitor’s Authority has acquired a shopping center, an apartment complex and two adjacent vacant lots, all located off Convention Center Drive near the site of the giant Convention Center expansion currently in progress.

The purchase price was $50 million for the 8.3 acres in total that will be used to shift the footprint of the project west by about 50 feet, freeing up some tight spaces in the design.

The shopping center and apartment buildings will be demolished after their current tenants are relocated.

Work on the new convention center, which will extend all the way out to the Strip where the Riviera used to be, is scheduled to be completed in 2020.

Jackpot at Silverton: An unidentified player won $3.2 million playing a Wheel of Fortune Winning Wedges machine at Silverton. It was the largest jackpot ever at the casino and the second Wheel of Fortune payout of more than $1 million this month, with the other hitting at $1.1 million at the Venetian.

Wynn buffet shuffle: There’s been a mealtime shake-up at the Wynn Las Vegas, where the excellent breakfast buffet has been discontinued. Also no more are the Champagne brunch and the gourmet dinner. Offerings were consolidated to a simplified daily brunch from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for $28.99 weekdays and $36.99 weekends, and dinner for $49.99 weekdays and $52.99 weekends.

Baz bagging it: “Baz — A Musical Tour de Force” is closing at the Venetian after a two-year run. The final performance will be July 29. No replacement has been announced.

Question: Where will the fireworks be on the Fourth of July?

Answer: Station Casinos will again provide the valley’s biggest Fourth of July fireworks show, with a nine-minute display that will emanate from Green Valley Ranch (east) and Red Rock Resort (west) as usual, along with a third launch site at Texas Station and Fiesta Rancho (north).

For more information about Las Vegas shows, buffets, coupons and good deals, go to LasVegasAdvisor.com.

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