Coming Soon to Las Vegas

The Sphere

The company that runs Venetian and Palazzo is teaming with Madison Square Garden to build a new performance venue in Vegas and its a doozy. The sphere shaped concert hall will stand 360 feet tall and have 18,000 seats at full capacity. It will be packed with technology that they say will make it the most advanced performance space in the world. It’s going in behind Palazzo along Sands Blvd. near Koval and should be open by 2020.

Resorts World

Taking over the long-dormant Echelon site (where The Stardust used to be), Resorts World will be a 3,000 room hotel and casino with an Asian theme. It is expected to have a 175,000 square-foot casino (making it one of the largest on The Strip), two dozen restaurants, a 4,000-seat theater, shopping, several pools, and a spa. Discussed at some point were a giant aquarium, a water park, a panda exhibit, movie theaters, an ice skating rink, a bowling alley, and a replica of the Great Wall of China (no, not kidding). It is unclear at this time how much of that will be included in the final result but probably not much of it. The resort is expect to open in late 2020 or early 2021.


The Stevens brothers who own The D and Golden Gate have finally unveiled their plans for Downtown Las Vegas’ first new-from-the-ground-up casino in decades. It will be called Circa and it will have 777 rooms in a 44-story tower, the tallest in Downtown. Features include the longest outdoor bar along Fremont Street, five restaurants, a two-level casino providing 125,000 square-feet of gaming (the largest in Downtown by far), a multi-tiered rooftop pool that acts as an amphitheater, and what is being hailed as the biggest sports book in all of Las Vegas. Construction starts next month on the property at the corner of Fremont and Main Streets, across from the Golden Gate and Plaza. It is currently scheduled to open in late 2020.

Raiders Stadium

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. Apparently this is a big deal but I don’t really understand why. It’s just a bunch of guys bouncing an orange ball up and down. Wait… that’s football, right?

Las Vegas Convention Center Expansion

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 convention halls at the back of the property that once was home to The Riviera, add new transportation hubs including an underground people mover from Elon Musk’s company, green spaces, and a street of retail and entertainment outlets. The first phase is expected to open in 2020.

Virgin Hotel Las Vegas

The former Hard Rock is getting a big makeover and a new name now that billionaire Richard Branson and partners have bought the place. They will be turning it into a Virgin branded resort with new rooms, a new casino, new restaurants and clubs, and more. The Virgin is expected to debut in 2021.

The Drew

Yes, something is finally happening with the big blue elephant on the North end of The Strip. Formerly known as The Fontainebleau, the half-finished hotel went bankrupt in 2008 and has been sitting empty ever since. It will finally be completed by 2022 and will include a Drew hotel, an Edition from Marriott hotel, and a JW Marriott taking up the roughly 3,900 rooms. There will be a big casino, restaurants, a showroom, shopping, and all of the other stuff you expect with a major Vegas resort.