Vegas4Visitors.com Weekly Column by Rick Garman

The list below is the latest information I have what is coming soon to Las Vegas. Keep in mind that although all of this stuff has been publicly confirmed and is in some stage of development, you should keep a "I'll believe it when I see it" attitude about everything and not build your vacation around the opening of something on this list.

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Wynn Las Vegas

Wynn Las Vegas will be adding more than 80,000 square-feet of shopping, dining, and nightlife outlets in a plaza that will extend from the existing hotel out to The Strip. The two story addition will take the space where the Ferrari dealership was located and more. It should be open by 2017.

Monte Carlo to Become Park MGM

The Monte Carlo, will be completely remodeled and renamed as the Park MGM. The work has already started and continue through 2018 and the hotel will remain open during the project.

Las Vegas Club

The Downtown stalwart closed its doors in 2015 after it was purchased by the Stevens brothers, who also own The Golden Gate and The D Las Vegas. The same guys also bought the adjacent Mermaids and Bayou casinos plus the Giltter Gulch strip club, all of which will get incorporated into whatever new thing they are going to do here.

Resorts World Las Vegas

A new $7 billion, Asian-themed property called Resorts World Las Vegas is being planned for the North Strip on the site of the former Echelon/Stardust project, across the street from Wynn Las Vegas. The property will have 3,500 rooms, the biggest casino in Las Vegas, a 4,000 seat showroom, and more with a heavy Asian theme. It is scheduled to open in 2020.

All Net Resort Las Vegas

A $1.3 billion arena and hotel project is being planned for the former Wet 'n' Wild site on the Las Vegas Strip, just south of SLS Las Vegas (formerly The Sahara. The project is set to include a 22,000 seat retractable roof arena, a 500-room all-suite hotel, and a 300,000 square-foot shopping plaza with stores, restaurants, entertainment venues, and a 16-screen movie theater. It is slated to open in 2017 although it's worth noting that construction has not actually begun yet.

Wynn Paradise Park

Wynn and Encore Las Vegas are going to be getting a little sister after the announcement last week that the company is planning to build a third hotel tentatively called Wynn Paradise Park. The $1.5 billion resort will take the place of the golf course, which will close this fall, and feature 1,000 room around a 38-acre lagoon (roughly 5 times the size of the Bellagio lake). The lake will have a white sandy beach, a boardwalk, water skiing and paddle boating, islands accessible by zip lines or a gondola, a nightly fireworks display, and an 8-story King Kong climbing a mountain in the lake (not kidding). There will be a small casino, lots of restaurants and nightclubs, and more convention space also. Construction should start in earnest next year with a 2020 debut planned. Read more about Wynn Las Vegas.

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ATTRACTIONS

Raiders Football

The Raiders NFL team are moving from Oakland to Las Vegas for the 2020 season. A new stadium is being built on a plot of land just west of Mandalay Bay (on the other side of I-15.

The Walking Dead Attraction

A walk-through scare fest with zombies themed to AMC's "The Walking Dead" is opening in Downtown Las Vegas along Fremont Street. It should be open in the summer of 2017.

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RESTAURANTS

Gordon Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen

Chef Gordon Ramsay is taking over the old Serendipity 3 space at Caesars Palace to open a Hell's Kitchen restaurant. It'll feature dishes and design from the TV show. It should be open by the end of 2017.

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Monorail Extension

The Las Vegas Monorail will extend the line from MGM Grand to Mandalay Bay. The plan is to have the track go over Tropicana Blvd., turn west and go over The Strip, go above the exiting tram line from Mandalay Bay to Excalibur and end at a station behind the Shoppes at Mandalay. There is no timetable for the completion at this time.

NHL Expansion Team

The National Hockey League will be bringing a new team to Las Vegas starting in the 2017-2018 season. It will play at the T-Mobile Arena in The Park next to the Park MGM (Monte Carlo) hotel.

Sands Concert Hall

a new 17,500 seat performing arts center will be built behind the Palazzo and Venetian. It is expected to be completed by 2018.

Tropicana Pedestrian Bridges

The county is embarking on a $26 million project that will upgrade the pedestrian bridges that cross The Strip at Tropicana Avenue between MGM Grand, New York-New York, Excalibur, and the Tropicana. The project will replace all of the escalators, which break down frequently, the elevators, and wind screens along the bridges plus adding aluminum panels on the surfaces of the bridges to give them a little bit extra sparkle. The overhauls will began in June 2016 and should take about a year to complete so expect some inconveniences while the work is being done.

Las Vegas Convention Center

A $2.5 billion overhaul and expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center has been approved that will completely revamp the inside and outside of the facility, add new transportation hubs, green spaces, and a street of retail and entertainment outlets. New facilities will replace The Riviera on The Strip, which closes in May 2015.

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