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 late 2017 or early 2018.

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 2019 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.

Extreme Sports Hotel/Casino

The Clark County Commission has approved a land use permit for the construction of an extreme sports-themed hotel, casino, and amusement park. Slated to go on a plot of land on Las Vegas Boulevard just south of Mandalay Bay (next to the airport), the facility would include a 15-story hotel, a casino, indoor skydiving, a BMX style track, rock climbing towers, a bungee jump, ziplines, wakeboarding, surfing, and more. This was first proposed way back in 2013 but seems to have gained a least a little momentum recently. Does that mean it will actually get built? Say it with me: I'll believe it when I see it.

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SHOWS

The Voice Live

The Voice singing competition show is going to be opening a production at the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas. "The Voice: Neon Dreams" will feature a rotating series of contestants from the show, kicking off with season 10 winner Alisan Porter along with Chris Mann, Mary Sara, Matthew Schuler, and Matt McAndrew. It's going to go in a new theater in the round being constructed in the old Hard Rock Cafe space in front of the hotel. It is scheduled to open in June of 2018.

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Linq Zip Line

Not satisfied to have the world's tallest observation wheel, the Linq Promenade will now have Vegas' highest zip lines. 10 side-by-side lines are going to be built along the promenade between The Linq and The Flamingo, going from The Strip to the High Roller wheel at the back of the properties. The lines will start at 122 feet high, some 50 feet higher than the zip line at SlotZilla. Now, before you go screaming "VooDoo Zipline" at the Rio at me, that's not a traditional zip line. And the one in Boulder City is not in Vegas, obviously. So there, nyah. Anyway, it'll be king of the zip world in Vegas when it opens in 2018... at least until Steve Wynn's new Paradise Park hotel opens, which is expected to have zip lines as well.

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.

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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 in early 2018.

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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.

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 2020.

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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