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The Merge - January #2

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Gastwirth Leads Caesars' Aggressive Live Music Initiatives

After The Boss, Will Residencies Expand Beyond Las Vegas?
The modern residency model started in Las Vegas around 15 years ago when Celine Dion agreed to play three to four shows a week for several months at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Using the long-term residency model designed for Las Vegas, Bruce Springsteen committed to playing the 975-seat Walter Kerr Theatre...." Read More
VEGAS BUZZ

Happy New Year!

2019 breezes in with Las Vegas New Year’s Eve fireworks
For the 19th consecutive year, fireworks glittered in the night skies with the launch of 80,000 pyrotechnics. Strip celebrations were expected to draw a crowd of 375,000 locals and visitors with approximatley 40,000 people expected to roamed the Fremont Street Experience, where live music roared under the street’s neon canopy....Read More
Las Vegas makes CNN's 10 great places to spend New Year's Eve
Vegas is bright lights year-round, but it goes all out for New Year's Eve. The Strip is closed off to vehicles, and pedestrians take over for an unforgettable festival. At midnight, various casinos launch an impressive barrage of fireworks off the roofs of their buildings. You can even watch the show from atop the Stratosphere Tower.....Read More

Downtown Growth!

Derek Stevens unveils new
Circa Resort & Casino to open in downtown Las Vegas in 2020

Circa will have 777 hotel rooms, a two-story casino, a range of restaurants, a spa and the longest outdoor bar on Fremont Street, as well as a state-of-the-art parking structure and “transportation hub,” a rooftop pool amphitheater and a multi-level, stadium-style sportsbook Stevens called the largest in Las Vegas history....Read More
Downtown Grand Unveils Plan for New Hotel Tower
The Downtown Grand has started construction on a new hotel tower as more tourists flock to Fremont Street and room rates rise. The project will finish in mid-2020 and nearly double the resort’s room count to 1,124. The new tower will consist of 405 standard rooms, 67 studio units, 20 one-bedroom suites and three presidential suites....Read More
Boyd Gaming Pours $32 Million in Las Vegas Fremont Casino and Hotel Expansion
The casino giant is planning to bring renovation to Fremont Hotel and Casino elevating the player experience on a whole new level. At the end of the renovation process, the resort is projected to double in size and be able to provide much more....Read More
iHeartMedia Las Vegas Announces New Office Space in Downtown Las Vegas
The new iHeartMedia Las Vegas headquarters, scheduled to open in August 2019, is part of iHeartMedia’s new partnership with Fremont Street Experience to revitalize and assist in the growth of downtown Las Vegas....Read More
Caesars Entertainment Named First Official Casino Sponsor of the NFL
Caesars will have the exclusive right to use NFL trademarks in the United States and the United Kingdom to promote Caesars casino properties and activate at key NFL events including the Super Bowl and NFL Draft. Seven NFL Clubs have relationships with Caesars Entertainment, including the Falcons, Ravens, Bears, Colts, Saints, Raiders, and Eagles....Read More
Bowlers compete in Las Vegas for spot on Team USA
The United States Bowling Congress, which hosts the event, will select at least 12 men and 12 women for Team USA. Younger bowlers will get a shot at Junior Team USA if they don’t make the main team. After its 2019 members are selected, Team USA will compete at the Bowling World Championships in France in March....Read More
Golden Entertainment closes $190M deal for 2 Laughlin resorts
Las Vegas-based Golden Entertainment has closed on its $190 million deal to acquire two Laughlin casinos. Golden now has 10 casino resorts, nine in Southern Nevada and one in Maryland. The acquisition of the Colorado Belle and Edgewater gives the company dominance in the market with three of 11 Laughlin properties, including the Aquarius....Read More
INDUSTRY BUZZ
2019 Will See a Change in How Sports Are Processed Over Social Media
This past year in the world of sports has been full of new advancements, conversations and controversies on social media. As social media and the way we use it continues to evolve, it’s important to stay on the pulse of what’s to come and prepare for the trends that will define the next year....Read More
Building a business, esports investors stress the long view
There is still a need for education — of brands, agencies, potential partners and even esports organizations — about what esports can deliver. There is a thirst for data on the fan base, as well as on sponsorship measurement and return....Read More
Former NBA exec hoping to bring Dream Team vision to soccer
I really think that there’s three amazing trends in sports and entertainment. First, it’s the power of the globalization of basketball, second is the unique and emerging force of esports and third is the global growth and access to soccer, specifically in North America and Asia....Read More
Sad News: Rugby Pioneer A. Jon Prusmack, Vegas 7s & CRC 7s Owner, Passes
“It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of A. Jon Prusmack, owner of United World Sports, the USA Sevens, the Collegiate Rugby Championship, Rugby Today and Rhino Rugby USA. He was a man of immense and varied talents: entrepreneur, businessman, publisher, and artist."....Read More
JON PRUSMACK: THE MEASURE OF THE MAN
Jon Prusmack had it. Pioneers take the arrows while paving the way for those who come after. Prusmack certainly took more than his share for the expansion of rugby in America, and the true mark of the man is that, through the hail of enemy fire, he kept coming. Until the very end. ....Read More
UPCOMING EVENTS
Mesquite Motor Mania
January 18 - 20
Mesquite, Nevada
Mesquite Hot Air Balloon Festival
January 25 - 27
Mesquite, Nevada
Mesquite Music Fest
February 4 - 6
Mesquite, Nevada
Tim McGraw
February 23
Laughlin Event Center
NASCAR Weekend
March 1-3
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
NASCAR RaceJam
March 2
Fremont Street Experience
USA Sevens Rugby
March 1-3
Sam Boyd Stadium
West Coast Conference
March 7-12,
Orleans Arena
USBC Open Championships
March 9 - July 8
South Point Bowling Plaza
Mountain West Basketball Championships
March 10 - 16
Thomas & Mack Center
Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament
March 13 - 16
T-Mobile Arena
St. Patrick's Day Weekend
March 14 - 17
Fremont Street Experience
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