MGM unveils plans for new Las Vegas entertainment district
MGM Resorts International revealed details about the entertainment experience it is creating in Las Vegas surrounding the 20,000-seat arena it is co-developing with renowned stadium organization AEG. Plans include new Strip-side experiences at New York-New York and Monte Carlo resorts and a public park leading to the new state-of-the-art arena.
Enlivening one of the city’s most exciting intersections, MGM Resorts will create an experience that encourages social interaction and one of Las Vegas’ best-known pastimes—people-watching. Providing opportunities for visitors to enjoy Las Vegas outdoors, this plaza will connect New York-New York and Monte Carlo as well as the newly announced arena on land behind the resorts. Construction will begin on the outdoor experiences at New York-New York and Monte Carlo in the coming weeks, with anticipated completion in early 2014.
“All great cities offer vibrant pedestrian experiences, and Las Vegas is certainly no exception, as The Strip is one of the world’s greatest boulevards,” said Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International. “Our vision is to extend the excitement we traditionally create within our world-class resorts outside onto The Strip, and ultimately in an entertainment district leading to our new arena.
The front facades of New York-New York and Monte Carlo will be transformed into an outdoor plaza experience featuring a series of casual bars, eateries and retail destinations. New York-New York will modify its skyline and Brooklyn Bridge to create a wonderful environment brought to life through a vibrant patio culture and retailers new to the market. Anchoring the new experience will be Hershey’s Chocolate World flagship store, a two-story interactive, experiential destination that celebrates Hershey’s-branded products.
At Monte Carlo, the current formal European-style exterior features will be removed to make way for new partners, including Double Barrel, a casual roadhouse restaurant and bar concept by the leading hospitality experts at sbe.
Between the two properties and leading back to the company’s new arena will be a park environment featuring dining pavilions and performance spaces complemented by areas for quiet relaxation.