Time is getting close for the long-awaited opening of extravagant and opulent Las Vegas entertainment and retail businesses galore. Not just ordinary businesses, but the most haute and opulent on the planet!
If you ever wanted to know what it’s like to be up close and personal with $8.5 billion of opulent entertainment and retail establishments, then don’t miss out this December when CityCenter gradually opens up in Las Vegas.
With the economy tanking and only slowing recovering, most experts agree that further business casino and hotel developments down the Las Vegas Strip or adjoining properties will be on a hiatus for at least five years, more likely 10 years.
Las Vegas Backstage Access has written on the many unique CityCenter planned developments, but now has further updates to share. As casino area slots are being tested, finishing touches are being applied at the Aria casino-hotel tower.
Some restaurants are on the second floor at Aria, near Elvis Theater, or located in The Crystals, the nearby 500,000-square-foot retail, entertainment and dining district- a city within a city.
Oversize Elvis belt buckles cover the exterior of Cirque du Soleil’s Elvis Theater. Reportedly, a “big splash” for this is planned for Jan. 8, which would have been Elvis’ 74th birthday.
In terms of artwork, there is Maya Lin’s depiction of the Colorado River made out of recycled silver. Henry Moore’s woman and child reclining is also auspicious, purchased for about $5 million and now worth about $7.5 million– that’s just some of the $40 million spent on CityCenter’s artwork.
A prominent attraction at The Crystals, is Mastro’s Ocean Club, which is housed in a “tree house,” over the main floor, the 14-foot ice sculpture that magically re-form after a 90 percent meltdown and CityCenter’s version of Rome’s Spanish Steps.
There is something for everyone at CityCenter. It will surely be the Las Vegas center of attention for a very long time.