Saturday, June 28, 2008

MGM City Center Names Casino

MGM City Center’s casino named Aria

MGM City Center announced, while celebrating the topping off Vdara. The 61 story, 4004 room centerpiece to be named Aria. It will be the final tower to open in December of 2009 and will be the only gaming space in City Center. Aria will be City Center’s jewel, with 18 million square feet of public space and will house a Cirque du Soleil theatre that will produce a show based on the music of Elvis.

Aria is designed by famed architectural firm Pelli Clarke Pelli. The design consists of two opposing curved glass hotel towers and a 150,000 square foot casino. The hotel will also display portions of the $40 million public arts program.

City center is a joint venture of MGM Mirage and Dubia World. Bobby Baldwin,chief design and construction officer said City Center will open in phases starting with Vdara. City center will also have more than $600 million in infrastructure. Harmon Avenue will connect the City Center directly to I-15. A people mover will also connect to the Bellagio and Monte Carlo.

City Center currently has 13 cranes filling the skies and over 6,000 construction workers hard at work building the most expensive, privately funded project in US history. Dubai World are investors from the Persian Gulf and have a 50% interest in the project along with MGM Mirage. The opening will also bring in 1,000’s of new jobs which should coincide with Las Vegas’ recovering real estate market and help slim down our inventory.

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