Las Vegas Pulls The Lever On New Construction

Written By Marc Meltzer on April 4, 2022
New construction in Las Vegas

Las Vegas is always changing. That’s part of the appeal of going to Las Vegas.

There’s always something new to see and do thanks to a consistent flow of new projects and renovations to existing properties. There are always construction projects underway and many more are planned years in advance.

Many of the additions help make Las Vegas a great tourist destination. Unfortunately, not all of the planned projects make the cut.

Long Delays

Some construction, like Resorts World Las Vegas (Resorts World), start and stall only to be finished years later by another company. Construction on the newest casino to open on the Vegas Strip technically started more than a decade ago in 2007.

Boyd Gaming imploded the beloved Stardust in early 2007. The plan was to build a mega-casino resort similar to CityCenter called Echelon Place. Construction on Echelon Place stalled after just a year of construction. The garage structure that was started in 2007 is actually being used at Resorts World today.

In 2013, Genting, owners of Resorts World purchased the land from Boyd Gaming. Genting broke ground on Resorts World in 2015 and finally opened last year.

There’s a similar situation happening across the street at Fontainebleau Las Vegas (Fontainebleau). Construction on this property also started in 2007. The investors ran out of money in 2009 and stopped construction after Fontainebleau was about 75% completed.

After multiple owners and name changes, it appears as though construction is resuming at Fontainebleau. According to the latest Construction Bulletin from the Las Vegas Convention And Visitors Authority (LVCVA), work on Fontainebleau is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2023.

While there have been delays on some projects many, like Circa in downtown Las Vegas and the Caesars Forum convention center on the Vegas Strip, were able to find a way to finish on time or early.

Recently Finished Las Vegas Construction

It may come as a surprise but there were a lot of construction projects finished last year.

In addition to the Resorts World opening, Virgin Hotels Las Vegas and the Mohegan Sun Casino opened just off the Vegas Strip. The property is essentially a reimagined and updated version of Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

On the Vegas Strip, Harrah’s, Sahara and Waldorf Astoria each completed property-wide renovations. Additionally, the latter changed its name from Mandarin Oriental.

El Cortez in downtown Las Vegas and Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace both finished room renovations. Caesars Palace started a major construction project in 2021 but was delayed.

2022 Construction Projects

Caesars Palace started renovations of its Vegas Strip entrance last year. That work wasn’t finished until earlier this year. Guests visiting will notice a sparkly new entryway into one of the most famous casino names in the country.

MGM Resorts introduced its newly renovated Sky Suites and SkyVillas at Aria earlier this year. MGM Resorts has to constantly update this part of the property to keep its status as a Forbes luxury property.

Caesars is renovating and changing the name of Bally’s Las Vegas this year. Work on the rebrand the property to Horseshoe Las Vegas will take place throughout the year. This is a big year for the property as the World Series of Poker is moving to Bally’s/Horseshoe this summer.

Palms is currently scheduled to reopen sometime this spring. The new owners are cleaning up and upgrading much of the property outside of the hotel rooms. The previous owner, Station Casinos, took care of hotel room renovations prior to closing due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Anyone visiting the Cosmopolitan, Planet Hollywood, Aria part of the Vegas Strip this year has probably noticed construction on Harmon Ave. Construction on the Project63 shopping plaza across from Harmon Corner (another dining/shopping plaza) is scheduled to be completed before the year is over.

2023 Construction Throughout Las Vegas

There are a few casino projects that will take place but only one appears that it could be completed next year. Construction on Durango by Station Casinos is already underway. The company hopes to open the off-strip casino hotel by the end of 2023.

As previously mentioned, Fontainebleau is targeting late 2023 to be finished with construction. Fontainebleau renderings of the Vegas Strip casino-resort look gorgeous.

Dreamscape, soon-to-be owners of Rio All-Suites Hotel & Casino are planning property-wide renovations for the entire property. Not all of the details of the plans aren’t public yet but we do know the hotel rooms will be renovated and operated by Hyatt.

Construction on the MSG Sphere behind The Venetian should be completed before the end of 2023. Golden Entertainment should also be completing construction on the Atomic (golf) Range at The Strat before the end of the year.

Looking Forward

The farther out we look at possible construction the more likely the projects will be pushed back. In fact, many of these have already been delayed from previous plans. Las Vegas construction projects currently on the books for 2024 include the following:

  • All Net Resort & Arena (next to Sahara)
  • Atari Hotel (no casino planned)
  • Circus Circus (renovations)
  • Dream Hotel Las Vegas (should have a casino)
  • Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (Currently The Mirage)
  • Majestic Las Vegas (no casino planned, near Las Vegas Convention Center)

There are multiple off-strip non-gaming hotels planned to open in 2024 or later. There are also new pedestrian bridges planned for the Vegas Strip so visitors can cross the street without concern about traffic.

Photo by Ken Ritter / Associated Press
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Marc grew up on the mean streets of the South Bronx. He's the rare combination of Yankees and Jets fan which explains his often contrarian point of view. Marc is a freelance writer and social media consultant. Writing about steak, booze, gambling and Las Vegas is a tough job but somebody has to do it.

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