In Las Vegas’ ever-evolving landscape, there’s always something – or someplace – new and exciting to experience. From brand new resorts and fully immersive sensory explorations to unbelievable and tempting new restaurants, the destination always has a new adventure around the next corner. Here’s what’s new in Vegas.
Glinting in the desert skyline, Nevada’s first stadium is host to the Las Vegas Raiders. Allegiant Stadium officially opened fall 2020 and is a beacon adjacent to the Strip that calls to sports and entertainment fans. In addition to pro football, the stadium will be a global events destination ready to host world-class entertainment, concerts and sporting events, as well as being the future home of UNLV Football. Matching the glitz of Vegas, the stadium has retractable doors – called the lanai – that open to spectacular views of the Strip, a translucent roof and VIP spaces on all levels.
“What is AREA15?” is the question on the minds of locals and visitors alike. The answer lies in the now open bunker-style black box; the world’s first experiential entertainment complex specifically built to be an immersive playground, all in one spectacular space. Mesmerizing zones feature engaging activations and rides, monumental art installations – indoors, as well as the outdoor Art Island – ground-breaking technology, funky retail boutiques, and bars and eateries, including chef Todd English’s venue The Beast Food Hall. Chris Wink, co-founder of Blue Man Group, recently unveiled “Wink World: Portals Into The Infinite” – a series of six infinity-mirror rooms, each showcasing a stunning production number drawing upon Wink’s love of black light and other dazzling stage effects. One of the most-anticipated installations set to open early this year is Santa Fe-based art collective Meow Wolf’s Omega Mart. Don’t forget to have those cameras out – the colors, the spaces and the lighting all scream to be Insta-Stories.
Circa Resort & Casino
The newly opened Circa Resort & Casino is the first integrated resort to open in Downtown Las Vegas in 40 years. Located on historic Fremont Street, Circa brings the best of Las Vegas service in a modern, state-of-the-art setting. From the world’s largest three-story sportsbook with a 78-million-pixel HD screen, innovative entertainment and gaming options, and Stadium Swim, a year-round, multi-level pool amphitheater, it’s like nothing downtown has seen before. Opened right before the new year, the indoor/outdoor 8,400-square-foot Legacy Club, sits on the 60th floor of Circa’s hotel tower. The venue delivers extraordinary 360-degree views of Las Vegas complemented by craft cocktails, an upscale lounge, expansive outdoor terrace with fire pits, and eclectic “electro swing” music.
Virgin Hotels Las Vegas
Get ready for another new face in the resort realm. Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, is slated to open early this year and will feature a fun yet sophisticated desert modern vibe that reflects the surrounding landscape. A stellar collection of unique dining options include Nobu by chef Nobu Matsuhisa and MB Steak by David and Michael Morton, to name a couple. Their very own Commons Club includes The Kitchen eatery, The Bar, The Shag Room lounge, and Funny Library Coffee Shop. The property also will debut a five-acre pool oasis including a multi-functional event lawn space. With the opening of the hotel, the brand is introducing an upgraded mobile app Lucy that allows guests to have a truly “touch free” experience via mobile keys, controlling lighting, thermostats and TVs, ordering room service and the ability to check out, all from a smart device.
Las Vegas Convention Center Loop
The Las Vegas Convention Center’s 1.4 million-square-foot expansion is getting close to completion – along with one of the coolest technological transportation hubs around. In February 2021, the Las Vegas Convention Center Loop – the first commercial endeavor for Elon Musk’s The Boring Company – will open and transform the way visitors get around the campus. The free underground people mover made up of all-electric Tesla vehicles will include three passenger stations connecting the existing LVCC space with the new West Hall. Get across the 200-acre campus via in approximately one minute, instead of the normal 15-minute walk. Keep an eye on the possible expansion of the Loop throughout the destination in the future.
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