110-degree temperatures and sweltering humidity doesn’t phase a field of 140 fastpitch softball teams from around the United States, including five from Las Vegas, that begin play today at Majestic Park in Las Vegas in the USA/ASA 18-under Class A national tournament. Nearly every state is represented.
It’s such a high-demand and competitive tournament that Las Vegas won’t be permitted to bid on hosting the tournament again for seven years.
Each team will play two pool games today and Tuesday with a double-elimination bracket play starting Wednesday. Games begin at 8 a.m. daily. Tournament concludes Sunday.
Sammy Hagar will open a new Cabo Wabo Cantina on the Las Vegas Strip this fall. Planet Hollywood Casino & Hotel will be the new home for the Red Rocker’s famous Cantina, replacing Trader Vic’s in the Miracle Mile shops.
Hagar plans to bring a 15,000 square foot, split-level bar, nightclub and restaurant combination, uniquely styled after the original located in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Just as his Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo helped transform the city from a tired, Mexican desert town to the most popular tourist attraction in Mexico, Hagar hopes to bring the same hard-rocking, laid-back style to this new Las Vegas venue.
Cabo Wabo will feature a coastal Mexican menu along side live music in an ‘all-day, all-night party’ that promises it won’t break your wallet. The spirit menu will be centered around Hagar’s Cabo Wabo Tequila, with ’Caboritas’ and ’Cabo Bombas’ as far as the eye can see. Contemporarily-enlightened Mexican seafood dishes will highlight the dining menu including lobster burritos and shrimp enchiladas.
“I am ecstatic to finally introduce Las Vegas to the Cabo Wabo lifestyle,” says Cabo Wabo founder Sammy Hagar. “The cantina’s fun-loving, fiesta atmosphere will bring a rock and roll vibe to the heart of the Strip like people have never seen before. We are going to rock the Vegas Strip!” Look for Sammy’s new band Chickenfoot, with Michael Anthony from Van Halen, hanging out and regular jamming in the venue.
Hard Rock International will open a new 41,000-square foot flagship cafe in Las Vegas. The new Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas will be located on the Las Vegas Strip, dominating the new Showcase Mall development. The existing, smaller Las Vegas cafe located on Paradise Road at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino should benefit from the increased development in the area, including the planned expansion of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino complex.
“The Las Vegas Strip location can best be compared to New York when we moved the Hard Rock Cafe New York from 57th Street to Times Square, where we have tripled sales, and Boston, where we recently relocated the cafe to the Fanueil Hall area and enjoyed incredible success,” said Hamish Dodds, president and CEO, Hard Rock International. “Las Vegas is the entertainment capital of the world, and there is no better location than our new home on ‘The Strip.’”
Scheduled to open in summer 2009, the new Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas plans to be one of the city’s premier dining and entertainment destinations, with three floors and more than 41,000-square feet of space, including a 700-seat restaurant, live concert venue and Hard Rock’s largest Rock Shop. In addition to a state-of-the-art facility, the cafe will also feature rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia from Hard Rock’s unmatched collection. The Showcase Mall Phase III is being developed by City Center Retail, LLC, a San Francisco-based development company, and Angelo Gordon & Co., a New York-based investment firm.
As guests approach the new Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas, the first sight to grab their attention will be a larger-than-life guitar on the exterior of the building, reaching more than three stories tall. Upon entry, the first level of the new Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas will include a 3,364-square-foot Rock Shop featuring the brand’s iconic merchandise. The second level will boast a rockin’ bar and main dining area with more than 7,000-square-feet of space, as well as a 1,642-square-foot outdoor dining area with a deck overlooking the sights of the city. The third floor will include a live music area for concerts and special events, and will also be used for banquets, corporate events and more, and another main bar area.
Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman will celebrate his 70th birthday in grand style on Friday evening, July 31 with a public birthday gala street party on Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas.
“It’ll be a blast!” Goodman said, whose enroute to completing his third and final four-year term as mayor. “I’m inviting everyone to leave their worries behind and join me for a one-of-a-kind evening that will benefit three local charities. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday than to share it with the citizens of fabulous Las Vegas!”
Mayor Goodman’s 70th Birthday Celebration will be a Fremont Street Experience “street party” at the First Street Stage plaza next to Golden Nugget from 7-10 p.m. on Friday, July 31. There will be special entertainment and appearances from performers throughout Las Vegas and a ceremony on stage with Mayor Goodman will take place from 8:30-9 p.m. Admission is a $20 donation and will be sold at the entrance gate.
Charities will receive 100 percent of money donated with funds raised going to Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Opportunity Village and Three Square.
Bombay Sapphire Gin, the Mayor’s gin of choice, will be the drink of choice at Goodman’s 70th birthday party. In celebration of the occasion, special “Good-Man Martinis” will be served inside the party on Fremont Street Experience. With the $20 charitable donation, street party participants will receive two “Good-Man Martinis” or other gin mixed drinks made with Bombay Sapphire, plus a commemorative T-shirt and button.
Fremont Street Experience is producing a special tribute to Mayor Goodman that will play during the ceremony on Viva Vision, arguably the world’s largest video screen.