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.





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.


Alon is the hotel going on the land where the Frontier once stood is from Australia's Crown Resorts. It is expected to have 1,100 rooms in two towers, a major water feature, a casino, nightclubs, restaurants, and more and it will be staffed by more than 4,500 people. Construction was expected to begin in early 2016 with an opening date by late 2018 but the project has been put on hold.

Lucky Dragon

The Lucky Dragon is an Asian themed resort on Sahara Avenue, just west of The Strip. It will have 200 rooms, several restaurants, and a 19,000 square-foot casino and is slated to open on December 3, 2016.

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.

The W Las Vegas

One of the room towers at the struggling SLS Las Vegas will get remodeled and rebranded as the city's first W Hotel. It will have its own lobby, registration, and spa. It's set to debut in 2017.

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 2019.

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.



Backstreet Boys

90s boy band heartthrobs the Backstreet Boys will take up residency at Planet Hollywod starting in March of 2017.

Magic Mike Live

A live male exotic dancer revue based on the movie "Magic Mike" will make its debut at Hard Rock Hotel in March of 2017. Channing Tatum is producing but, sorry, won't be performing.



Transformers/Avengers Exhibits

Treasure Island has inked a deal to bring two family-friendly attractions to the new addition above the CVS. Two walk-through interactive exhibits will go into the second and third floors, one honoring Marvel's Avengers, which is open now, and the other all about the Transformers due later in 2016.

XPark Vegas

The county has given approval for plans to build a new "adventure" entertainment complex known as XPark. The grown-up theme park would feature bungee jumping, zip lines, speedboat racing, ATV obstacle courses, dirt bike tracks, and more. It's proposed for a 16-acre chunk of land a couple of miles south of M Resort on the far southern edge of Vegas, on the other side of the freeway from SPEEDVEGAS, the new driving experience. The developer of the park says that now that he has approval, he wants to start construction soon and have at least some of the park open by summer of 2017.



Gordon Rasamy Fish

Chef Gordon Ramsay will be serving up quick-bite fish and chips in a shop on the Linq Promenade in October of 2016.


Shibuya, the sushi restaurant at MGM Las Vegas is closing July 2 and will reopen later in the year as Morimoto, the first Vegas restaurant from Masaharu Morimoto from TV's "Iron Chef."


A Vegas outlet of the popular NYC eateries from David Chang will open at The Cosmopolitan by the end of 2016.

In 'n Out

The popular hamburger chain will be opening a new outlet at The Linq Promenade sometime in 2016.

Virgil's Real BBQ

The same company that operates Carmine's at The Forum Shops is bringing another one of its restaurants to Vegas. Virgil's has outlets in New York and the Bahamas and will get a Vegas sibling at The Linq Hotel in the fall of 2016. It will have 14,000 square-feet, outdoor dining, and a poolside patio.

Robert Irvine

The host of the Food Network's "Restaurant: Impossible" is going to be opening a restaurant at the Tropicana sometime in early 2017. It will be serving modern American food.



Hard Rock Nightclub

A new nightclub will debut at the Hard Rock Hotel sometime in 2016 to replace Body English, which closed in 2015. No details are available yet.

Redneck Riviera

Big & Rich singer John Rich is opening a country music roadhouse-style bar in the Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally's sometime in the fall of 2016. Yeehaw.



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.

Raiders Football

The county and state are currently working hard to figure out a way to get the Oakland Raiders to move to Las Vegas. Preliminary approval has been granted to build a $2 billion stadium near Mandalay Bay but the deal is far from final. Even if it all works out, don't expect to see the black and silver in Vegas any time before 2019.

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.

Eclipse Theaters

A group of developers is proposing an 8-screen luxury complex at 3rd St. and Gass Ave., about seven blocks south of the Fremont Street Experience on the edges of the Arts District where the First Friday festival happens. It will have high-end, reservation seating, a restaurant, a lounge, and private event space for their showings of both first-run and arthouse films. The people behind it say they hope to be welcoming movie-goers by sometime in 2017.

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.





by Rick Garman of