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Started by hail2skins on Sunday, 23rd March 2014 11:45 am
Last response by jinx73 25th March 10:12am

In today's LVRJ there's an article about MGM which mentions the plaza involving and in between NYNY and Monte Carlo leading to the future arena, groundbreaking for which Jim Murren hopes will be in May. In the article Murren also mentions plans to create a similar plaza starting at Excalibur and working down to Mandalay. Trying to picture how that would look.

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 motoman responded on Sunday, 23rd March 2014

Good lord! Well if non-upscale retail is the new nightclub, at least it gives tourists something to do on those interminable walks between properties. When walking the Strip we used to joke, "Let's check out that next casino, it's Right Next Door!" Meaning, it's a near quarter-mile hike to get from inside one property to the next. The outsized scale of the buildings always seemed to make them look closer.

 Skywise responded on Sunday, 23rd March 2014

My first thought was that they were talking about rebuilding the covered walkway between the Excalibur and Luxor but that ends up going underground so I don't think it's there.

Maybe do something with the space underneath the monorail?

(Heh - maybe they'll bring back the Nile river around the Luxor! :) )

 vespajet replied on Sunday, 23rd March 2014

Luxor and Excalibur have something that most older casino properties have done away with years ago, parking lots up front (Mandalay Bay has a big surface lot out front, but it's geared more towards their events space as opposed to the hotel). Up until about a decade ago, there was still a gas station in front of Excalibur. There's a lot of open space in front of those properties that could be repurposed along the line of what they are doing in front of NYNY and Monte Carlo.

 Skywise replied on Monday, 24th March 2014

Wouldn't they still need the parking spaces though? (I guess they could just make an underground garage or something)

 anawas responded on Sunday, 23rd March 2014

As Luxor de-themes and Excalibur gets scuzzier, I find fewer and fewer reasons to venture south of Tropicana Avenue. Maybe this will help. But my image of and encounters with the Vegas Strip are almost entirely reduced to the blocks between Tropicana and Sands avenues.

 jinx73 responded on Tuesday, 25th March 2014

It's funny as they first announced these things, I thought great, more venues and options to visit and enjoy. As it seems to be growing expontentially, all I can think is this seems to be way too much, it's one thing to create some additional venues for people to visit, but how much do you want people outside of the casino/resort spending money? While I'm sure rates are ridiculous for these properties for the ones the parent companies don't own outright, every dollar going into these places are a dollar the resorts are not necessarily going to retrieve.