When it came to CityCenter, MGM Mirage didn’t want to build “just another resort.” Instead, the hotel group wanted to take their game to a different level and create “an environment,” said MGM Mirage CEO Jim Murren at a ribbon cutting ceremony today for Vdara, the first of the CityCenter properties to open on the Las Vegas Strip.
“Some things are so great they need to be experienced, not explained,” added Murren.
A joint venture between MGM Mirage and Infinity World Development Corp, CityCenter sits on 67 acres on the
Las Vegas Strip between the Bellagio and Monte Carlo resorts. In addition to the non-gaming, smoke-free Vdara, the multi-use urban development will include Mandarin Oriental (opening Dec. 4), Aria (opening Dec. 16) and Crystals, a retail and entertainment district (opening Dec. 3). The Harmon will open in 2010.
While some skeptics have questioned the timing of CityCenter’s opening amidst a looming economic recession, Murren expressed positivity that the development will help bring the community to a different level.
“The economy is getting back on its feet,” he said, noting that CityCenter has created 12,000 new jobs in Las Vegas.
Today’s ribbon cutting ceremony also featured hotel manager Angela Lester, CityCenter president and CEO Bobby Baldwin, Infinity World Development Corp. President Bill Grounds and Aria Chief Bill McBeath.
*For a glimpse inside Vdara and more photos of City Center, see our gallery.