Allegiant Stadium future home of the Las Vegas Raiders construction update

Allegiant Stadium will be the future home of the Las Vegas Raiders. The stadium is being built on a 62 acre property just west of Mandalay Bay on the other side of Interstate 15.

Allegiant Stadium will serve as the home stadium for the National Football League (NFL)’s Las Vegas Raiders and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) Rebels college football team.

Construction of the $1.8 billion stadium began on November 13, 2017 and is expected to reach “substantial completion” completed in July 2020 in time for the Raiders 2020 NFL Season.

“Substantial completion” date means not every element of the stadium will be finished, but enough will be done to host football games, music concerts, etc…

Raiders.com | Las Vegas Raiders Official Team Website

Allegiant Stadium Website

MSG Sphere Las Vegas March 2020 construction update

MSG Sphere Las Vegas is currently being constructed on the east side of Venetian/ Sand Convention Center and is on track to be completed in 2021. This is a joint venture of The Madison Square Garden Company and Las Vegas Sands. The venue is expected to reach 875,000 square feet and hold about 17,500 seats once complete.

The project was originally estimated to cost $1.2 billion, but MSG Sphere design upgrades have boosted the total cost estimate to $1.66B… the timing of 2021 project completion is on track.

MSG Sphere Las Vegas Official Website

Ne-Yo Las Vegas music beginnings.

Shaffer Smith, professionally know as Ne-Yo, went to high school at Las Vegas Academy of the Arts until his junior year of high school (got kicked out of Las Vegas Academy for breaking a window… read more) . Shaffer (Ne-Yo) then spent his senior year of high school and and graduated from Rancho High School.

While in the Las Vegas Academy, Smith adopted the stage name GoGo and joined an R&B group called Envy. The group Envy appeared during amateur night on Showtime at the Apollo[1] and on the MTV‘s The Cut[2]

 Ne-yo and Corey from American Idol stinking up Apollo. September 29, 2010 on YouTube.

Ne-yo, Corey Clark, and Cory Robinson Backstage at MTV’s “The cut”. July 20, 2009 on YouTube.

Broken window didn’t stop Ne-Yo – Las Vegas Review Journal

The Drew Las Vegas (formerly Fontainebleu) construction history and 2020 update

Resorts World Las Vegas is a hotel and casino currently under construction on the Las Vegas Strip across the street from Wynn & Encore and is now planned to open in summer 2021.

The history of the Resorts World Las Vegas development:

  • Site of the Stardust Resort and Casino until 2007
  • Boyd Gaming demolished the Stardust Resort to develop its Echelon Place project
  • Boyd halted construction of its Echelon Place project in 2008 due to economic conditions
  • Boyd Gaming sold the property to Genting Group in March 2013 who subsequently announced their plans to redevelop the site as Resorts World Las Vegas
  • Groundbreaking for Resorts World Las Vegas was initially scheduled for 2014, with the first phase of the resort expected to open in 2016
  • The opening date for Resorts World Las Vegas was delayed many times due to claims by Genting Group of redesigns of the project
  • Groundbreaking for Resorts World Las Vegas eventually took place on May 5, 2015 and Resorts World Las Vegas is now schedule to open in the summer of 2021 at a final cost of an estimated $4.3 billion

Resorts World Las Vegas construction history and 2020 update

Resorts World Las Vegas is a hotel and casino currently under construction on the Las Vegas Strip across the street from Wynn & Encore and is now planned to open in summer 2021.

The history of the Resorts World Las Vegas development:

  • Site of the Stardust Resort and Casino until 2007
  • Boyd Gaming demolished the Stardust Resort to develop its Echelon Place project
  • Boyd halted construction of its Echelon Place project in 2008 due to economic conditions
  • Boyd Gaming sold the property to Genting Group in March 2013 who subsequently announced their plans to redevelop the site as Resorts World Las Vegas
  • Groundbreaking for Resorts World Las Vegas was initially scheduled for 2014, with the first phase of the resort expected to open in 2016
  • The opening date for Resorts World Las Vegas was delayed many times due to redesigns of the project by Genting Group
  • Groundbreaking took place May 5, 2015 and Resorts World Las Vegas is now schedule to open in the summer of 2021 at a final cost of an estimated $4.3 billion

Resorts World Las Vegas Official Website

Resorts World Las Vegas to feature Hilton, LXR and Conrad properties

Las Vegas Shooting Tragedy

On the night of October 1, 2017… from 10:05 to 10:15pm, Stephen Paddock opened fire from his corner suite at Mandalay Bay onto the crowd of concertgoers attending the Route 91 Harvest country music festival. The music festival was taking place at the Las Vegas Village venue which was kitty corner from his hotel room.

Paddock killed 58 people and wounded 413 from the shootings. The ensuing panic brought the injury total to 869. Paddock fired more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition from his suite on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel. Paddock was a 64-year-old man from Mesquite, Nevada. At approximately 11:15pm, Paddock was found dead in his room from a self inflicted gunshot wound. To this day, his motive remains undetermined. This was the deadliest mass shooting in United States history.

8/3/2018 Police end Las Vegas Shooting Investigation

1/29/2019 FBI Finds No Motive In Las Vegas Shooting, Closes Investigation

 

The Killers band Las Vegas beginnings.

The Killers are an American rock band formed in Las Vegas in 2001 by Brandon Flowers (lead vocals, keyboards, bass) and Dave Keuning (lead guitar, backing vocals). The band has released five consecutive chart-topping studio albums: Hot Fuss (2004), Sam’s Town (2006), Day & Age (2008), Battle Born (2012) and Wonderful Wonderful (2017).

In 2001, Brandon Flowers was fired by his first band, a Las Vegas synth-pop trio known as Blush Response after refusing to relocate to Los Angeles with the band. After attending an Oasis concert in Las Vegas at the Hard Rock Hotel during The Tour of Brotherly Love, Flowers realized his true desire was not to be in synth pop band but rather to be in a rock band. Flowers began searching for other Las Vegas rock musicians. He eventually came across an ad posted in a Las Vegas newspaper by Dave Keuning, a 25-year-old guitarist who had moved to Vegas from Iowa a year earlier. The pair bonded over similar musical interests and began writing together in Keuning’s Las Vegas apartment. In November 2001, they started recording at Kill The Messenger Studio in Henderson, Nevada, along with Matt Norcross, a local drummer who they had recently recruited to join the band. It was at these initial recording sessions in Henderson that The Killers recorded “Mr. Brightside”, which was the first song Flowers and Keuning wrote together.

View The Killers Official Website

 

Imagine Dragons Las Vegas rise to fame.

Front man Dan Reynolds family extends back 3 generations in Las Vegas. Reynolds was a Mormon missionary and formed Imagine Dragons while he was a student at Brigham Young University in 2008. Imagine Dragons drew a large local fan following in Provo, Utah. In 2009, they sought a larger potential audience and a greater chance of success, so they moved to Dan Reynolds’ hometown of Las Vegas to pursue their music dreams.

Imagine Dragons regularly played small casino lounge and small club events in Las Vegas and laid down their first full album Night Visions at Studio X inside a Palms casino.

In 2009, Pat Monahan the lead vocalist for the rock band Train got sick and was unable to perform at Train’s scheduled concert at Bite of Las Vegas Festival. Imagine Dragons filled in at the last minute and stunned a crowd of 26,000 with an unforgettable concert… this was Imagine Dragons first big break. Imagine Dragons was named Best Local Indie Band of 2010 by Las Vegas Weekly and Las Vegas’ Newest Must-See Act by Las Vegas City Life.

Lead vocalist Dan Reynolds is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Dan Reynolds and his ex-wife Aja (whom remain good friends) worked together on the documentary Believer which documents how Dan Reynolds went from Mormon Missionary to LGBTQ advocate.

Imagine Dragons have a history of pop-up shows on the Las vegas Strip, here is a three-song acoustic set in front of the Bellagio Fountains in November 2014.

Imagine Dragons “Demons” Las Vegas Feb 9 2013

Interesting Fact: Imagine Dragons band name is an anagram for a phrase only known to members of the group.

HBO documentary Believer

View Imagine Dragons official website

 

Thousands of Las Vegas homeless living in sewage tunnels underneath the strip.

A network of sewage tunnels underneath the Las Vega strip houses thousands of Las Vegas’ homeless known as the “Mole People”. When it rains, these people are at risk of drowning or having their homes washed away.

This is the ultimate irony of Las Vegas as well-off casino visitors gambling large amounts of disposable income are totally unaware of the struggle of the homeless in the tunnel world running just underneath their feet.

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