MGM Resorts International unveils plans for new entertainment district

MGM Resorts International unveiled plans today for a new entertainment district located between the New York – New York and Monte Carlo hotels, which will feature an arena, new restaurants, bars, shopping and a public plaza and park area.

The entertainment district will surround a 20,000-seat arena that is under development on land behind the two resorts as a partnership with MGM Resorts International and AEG. The arena will be capable of hosting boxing and other sporting events, major headline entertainment and special events.

Rendering courtesy of MGM Resorts International

One of the key components of the plan is a plaza connecting New York – New York and Monte Carlo that will allow visitors to people watch and enjoy the outdoors.  Cooper, Robertson & Partners is the master planner on the development, a firm known for its work on Cityfront Center in Chicago and Battery Park City Esplanade in New York.

“All great cities offer vibrant pedestrian experiences, and Las Vegas is certainly no exception, as the Strip is one of the world’s greatest boulevards. Our vision is to extend the excitement we traditionally create within our world-class resorts outside onto the Strip, and ultimately in an entertainment district leading to our new arena,” said Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International, in a press release.

The outdoor plaza will feature a number of bars, restaurants and shops. Anchoring the area will be the Hershey’s Chocolate World store, a two-story interactive destination that celebrates Hershey’s-branded products.

New York – New York’s Irish pub, Nine Fine Irishmen, will be also be enhanced, including an expansion of its patio, both on the casino floor and the Brooklyn Bridge.

Rendering courtesy of MGM Resorts International

At Monte Carlo, the current formal European-style exterior features will be removed to make way for new partners, including Double Barrel, a casual roadhouse restaurant and bar concept by hospitality experts sbe. Set to open in early 2014, Double Barrel will feature live music, an array of craft cocktails and beers, and classic American comfort food in a 12,000-square-foot, indoor-outdoor space. Double Barrel will have an interactive staff that both entertains and engages patrons with live performances on the elevated catwalks surrounding the bars.

Other tenants will include Sambalatte, a coffee experience beloved by Las Vegas locals, and 800 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, serving build-your-own personal pizzas prepared in an 800-degree wood-burning oven.

Between the two properties and leading back to the new arena will be a park environment featuring dining pavilions and performance spaces complemented by areas for relaxation. At the gateway to the park will be Shake Shack, a modern day “roadside” burger stand known for its all-natural burgers, flat-top dogs, frozen custard, beer, wine and more by restaurateur Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group.

Construction will begin on the outdoor experiences at New York-New York and Monte Carlo in the coming weeks, with anticipated completion in early 2014.


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