DMZ 2019 Edition

DMZ 2019 EDITION

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Welcome to the 2019 edition of DMZ, the Destination Management Zone…WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS ENDS UP ON DMZ. Brought to you by Las Vegas DMC – Destination Fabulous.  Today on DMZ… New Year’s Resolutions – EXPOSED! My New Year’s Resolution is to follow through with last Year’s Resolutions!

Is it just me or was 2018 a blur? It is said that time goes by faster as you get older, and It’s moving with blinding speed for me. This doesn’t mean that I am succumbing to old age – it’s just an observation, mind you! Speaking of blinding speed, the construction here in Las Vegas is proceeding at a breakneck pace! In fact, the running joke is that the crane is the new state bird of Nevada! The next decade promises to be another golden age of growth for the Strip. We here at DMZ have our fingers on the pulse of the Las Vegas market, be it gossip, innuendo, or “Fake News”. Let’s start dishing the dirt, or at the very least, stir the pot like our good friend Mimi!

THE BUTTERFLY RETURNS

Mariah Carey, the iconic chanteuse and best-selling female artist of all time with over 200 million records sold, returns to Las Vegas with an all-new headlining residency, “The Butterfly Returns”, at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

 “The Butterfly Returns” spotlights a more intimate performance on The Colosseum’s stage, showcasing Mariah Carey’s world-famous vocals with an all-new show that highlights her extensive catalogue of music. No throwing shade here, @queenofshademc, we’re just shedding light on the best performer and best mini-residency on the Strip! 

HOMELESS?

What do the Oakland Raiders and possums have in common? Both play dead at home and get killed on the road!  The Oakland Raiders (soon to be Las Vegas Raiders) may be looking for a home for this year’s 2019 season. Seems the City of Oakland is thinking about taking the Raiders and the NFL to court. The move likely means the Raiders will be leaving the Bay Area ahead of their 2020 move here to Las Vegas and into the $1.8 billion stadium now under construction. (Look out for the cranes!)

This does not mean, though, that the Raiders will play here at Sam Boyd Stadium.  If they do not spend this year’s season in Oakland, which the lawsuit signals is unlikely, they could also set up shop in San Diego, LA, Glendale or elsewhere for a year.

The lawsuit is not asking for the court to block the team’s move to Las Vegas. Rather, Oakland hopes that the city could net millions in damages and pay off the ~$80 million in debt remaining from renovations to the coliseum.

That’s O.K. because we’re rolling out the red carpet for their new home, and it ain’t a fixer upper!

WTF?

Hey, has anyone seen the logo unveiled in conjunction to our newly named minor league baseball team The Las Vegas Aviators? Well, take a gander… 

Seems the Las Vegas Aviators brand is an homage to the namesake of the Howard Hughes Corporation, which owns the team. Hughes, a business tycoon with deep ties to Las Vegas was an aviator pioneer. I know – if you have to explain it, it’s not that good. We’re not throwing shade here, as the Las Vegas Aviators will have plenty of shade of their own with the new $150 million 10,000 seat stadium also under construction for this year’s season. You may say WTF? We say WTF! WOW THAT’S FABULOUS!

THE BLUE LAGOON & THE FONTAINBLEAU

The Wynn Resorts Paradise Park lagoon project has been shelved and will be replaced by a revamped 18-hole golf course. The closing of the course last December resulted in Wynn missing out on some 16,000 rounds of golf and $10 to $15 million of business from visitors who would have stayed at Wynn or Encore for golf trips. 

Wynn contracted Tom Fazio, the original designer of the golf course, to assess a couple of holes affected by construction of a new convention center and to revamp the golf course. The convention center is scheduled to open in January 2020, so Wynn wants to have the golf course up and running by this November. FORE!

The Fontainebleau is no more. ‘Tis now The Drew Las Vegas. The hulking, bluish casino-resort, which has sat unfinished on the Las Vegas Strip since 2009 and has become a poster child of the Great Recession, is now scheduled to open in late 2020 under a partnership between hospitality giant Marriott International and New York-based global real estate firm Witkoff.

The new luxury property, which will feature a casino and approximately 4,000 rooms and suites, will be home to the Strip’s first JW Marriott. Your Marriott Rewards Card has never looked better!

MSG Sphere

The Madison Square Garden Company and Las Vegas Sands Corp. broke ground on the MSG Sphere, which will be located behind The Venetian Las Vegas.



The Sphere will have a 160,000-square-foot LED screen that wraps around the interior of the bowl-shaped venue and an LED exterior that is fully programmable, creating a digital showcase for brands, artists, events and partners. It will also include an infrasound haptic flooring system that will convey bass through the floor to add to the experience for the guests.

The new entertainment venue, planned to open in 2021, will add an estimated 3,500 local jobs each year during construction and 4,400 jobs annually once open. It will have over 18,000 seats that all face the stage, with specific areas for individual instantaneously-translated languages. The Sphere will be located on a 63-acre site on Sands Avenue and will be over 360 feet tall and 500 feet in width.

The MSG Sphere is expected to have an annual economic output of $730 million from venue operation and incremental visitation to Las Vegas. **Las Vegas DMC, Destination Fabulous, has Adele as the odds-on favorite for the first announced residency**

“MANGIA MANGIA”

Italians have a saying: “Mangia Mangia, meaning “welcome, come to my table and eat, eat well”

The largest Italian marketplace with restaurants in the world has arrived in Las Vegas. Comprised of more than a dozen authentic Italian eateries and hundreds of high-quality products under one roof, Eataly Las Vegas at Park MGM (formerly the Monte Carlo) offers visitors the opportunity to eat, shop, and learn their way through one of the greatest cuisines in the world.

Leaving you to say, “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing!”

“Plop, plop, fizz, fizz, oh what a relief it is!!”

 LOWE LIVE IN VEGAS

I know, be still my heart! Mark your calendar and SAVE THE DATE for Saturday, April 13th 7:30 P.M. for Rob Lowe’s Vegas Strip debut at the Criss Angel Theatre located in Planet Hollywood.

Inspired by the success of his two NY Times Best-Selling memoirs, Stories I Only Tell My Friends and Love Life, Rob has created an all-new peek behind the curtain at Hollywood, fame, fatherhood and marriage. From the Brat Pack to The West Wing to Parks and Rec and beyond, Stories I Only Tell My Friends: LIVE! is packed with witty fun and one-of-a-kind insights spanning an iconic four-decade career.

Rob looks at this like creating an album. Is he doing West Wing? Yeah, he’ll do West Wing. Is he doing a little bit of Parks & Recreation? Yeah. Is he doing Brat Pack? Yeah, he’ll do Brat Pack. Is he doing some obscure hits for the true fans? You know, a little Behind the Candelabra? A little Bad Influence? Yeah. He’s going to do it all. He’s playing the hits and playing the deep cuts!

My love for Rob Lowe is deep and true. Remember the picture on my nightstand? (For a little refresher, please see my penning It’s A Fabulous Life  which details my profession and obsession for all things Rob Lowe.)

Don’t miss ROB LOWE – Stories I Only Tell My Friends LIVE! But don’t plan on sitting next to me, as I will be in Row 1 center stage, also known as the “Splash Zone”. It’s like being with Shamu at Sea World…you know you’re going to get soaked!

Fabulously yours in 2019,

Belinda “I’m A Lawyer!” Maguire Christopher

p.s. GOT A TIP? CALL DMZ (844-BFABULOUS)

Sources:

caesars.com

espn.com

las vegasweekly.com

lasvegassun.com

rgtonline.com

rolowelive.com

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