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Blackstone Rolls Up AmericasMart in Atlanta to Expand in Display Room Mart Sector

Private Equity Giant, Which Acquired International Market Centers In 2015, is Purchasing Among its Main Mart Competitors

Blackstone-owned International Market Centers (IMC) will obtain its biggest rival in a move that will move ownership of more than 7 million square feet of showroom mart area from a company started by the late John Portman.

Las Vegas-based IMC, which Blackstone obtained in 2017, stated Tuesday it has actually accepted integrate with Atlanta’s AmericasMart, the home of the largest-single collection of house decoration, gift, rug and apparel product. The massive AmericasMart complex consists of 7.1 million square feet of showcase space in several buildings that cover a 14-block area in the heart of downtown Atlanta.

Regards to the deal were not revealed. Combined with IMC’s 12.2 million square feet of exhibit space in Las Vegas and High Point, N.C., International Market Centers will own and run almost 20 million square feet of the specialized showroom area that hosts markets and exhibits where merchants consult with producers and suppliers to select products to offer in their stores and online.

John Portman, the famous designer and developer who developed AmericasMart and numerous other landmark developments such as Peachtree Center in downtown Atlanta, passed away Dec. 29, 2017, at 93. Portman’s development of the Merchandise Mart, which opened in 1961, marked his first project in downtown Atlanta and forever changed the city’s core.

As the very first merchandise reveals gained traction, Portman understood he had developed a problem. Downtown Atlanta did not use sufficient hotel rooms to accommodate all the merchandisers and buying agents coming to town for the enormous sales marts.

“That’s what got me into the hotel service; we had no location to put them,” Portman informed this press reporter in an interview in April 2000. “The Regency [hotel] was a direct outgrowth of [the Merchandise Mart,” Portman said. “I was determined to develop as numerous hotels around the Market Center as it grew as I could.”

Ultimately he established the Westin Peachtree Plaza and Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

One of Portman’s boys, Jeffrey L. Portman, began working the docks at the Atlanta Product Mart when he was 8 years old. Today, Jeff Portman is president and COO of AmericasMart. He said the sale to IMC will reinforce both parties.

“AmericasMart has actually long functioned as a crossroads of commerce,” Portman said. “The signing up with of the exceptionally effective talents and resources present in both organizations will sustain and advance that function for the ultimate advantage of the customers we collectively serve.”

When the transaction closes, which is anticipated in July, Portman will serve as an advisor to IMC’s board of directors. Robert Maricich, the current CEO of IMC, will continue as president of the combined entity.

Prior to the purchase arrangement, IMC and AmericasMart had actually been fierce competitors in the mart service that hosts markets and exhibitions where merchants come to select products to offer in their stores and online. AmericasMart alone hosts 17 yearly markets and shows, consisting of the Atlanta International Present & & Home Furnishings Market and the Atlanta International Area Rug Market. Each year, more than 4,500 exhibitors and almost 200,000 attendees ply their sell the downtown Atlanta complex.

Blackstone Real Estate Partners and Blackstone Tactical Opportunities (Blackstone: NYSE: BX), in a collaboration with Fireside Investments, acquired IMC in 2017. The acquisition of AmericasMart shows the personal equity company’s continued confidence in Atlanta’s commercial property market, the company stated.

“Having grown up in Atlanta, I am well aware of the tremendous contributions the Portman household has made to the city and in developing AmericasMart into the leader it is today,” stated Tyler Henritze, head of U.S. Real Estate Acquisitions at Blackstone, in a declaration revealing the acquisition.

Henritze said Blackstone, which has actually invested $5 billion in other Atlanta realty residential or commercial properties given that 2012, will develop on Portman’s tradition “to even more purchase and enhance AmericasMart.”

Display Theater closes, leaving Strip without a movie theater

Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018|1:30 p.m.

. The only movie theater on the Las Vegas Strip has closed after more than Twenty Years, a manager said today.

The eight-screen Regal United Artists Display Theater at the Display Mall, on the north side of the MGM Grand, opened in 1997.

“Absolutely nothing has actually been put in its location,” Showcase Mall Manager Jason Crawford stated. He referred other concerns to Regal Cinemas, which did not right away respond to an ask for comment.

Online evaluations of the shuttered theater were mixed, with guests utilizing words like “old,” “dated” and “vintage” to explain it. Others stated the theater was tidy and had a great image.

Unlike modern-day theaters with stadium-style seating, Display Theater featured rows of seats on the same elevation.

Theater near the Strip include areas at the Palms and Orleans, as well as at Town Square shopping mall, simply south of the Strip.

South Point’s arena gets new video display system

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Thanks To South Point The new video board at the South Point’s Arena and Equestrian Center is almost 3 times the size of the old one.

Those attending occasions at South Point’s Arena and Equestrian Center can now stare up at a brand-new video display system almost 3 times as large as the previous setup.

Daktronics, a leading provider of large-format LED video display screens and sports scoring systems, lags the four-sided video display system. The 13,797-pound display screen’s 4-millimeter line spacing is among the tightest LED resolutions of any center-hung video board in any arena in the nation, South Point authorities said in a press release. It changes the previous Daktronics center-hung technology installed in 2006.

Additionally, two bigger “sideline” screens step 12.5 feet high by 21.5 feet wide, while the two smaller “end zone” screens measure 14 feet high by 9.5 feet broad.

The new display screens are each efficient in variable content zoning, allowing each to show one big image or numerous windows of content, South Point officials said. The system can show combinations of live video, instant replays, real-time event results and data, graphics and animations and sponsorship messages.

Owner Michael Gaughan and South Point’s relationship with Daktronics started prior to the property opened in December 2005, stated Steve Stallworth, South Point Arena and Equestrian Center general supervisor.

” When he initially built the Orleans Arena, he utilized Daktronics exclusively and purchased the very first ‘ring beam’ LED fascia in Nevada at that time,” Stallworth said. “When he opened the South Point, he bought Daktronics screens for the arena and his cutting edge competition Bowling Plaza.”

The South Point Arena and Equestrian Center has hosted the World Series of Group Roping, the Specialist Bull Riders’ Speed Trip Finals and the Indian National Finals Rodeo. It will host more than 40 weeks of equestrian occasions in 2018 in addition to occasions such as the World Archery Festival, Mecum Motorcycle Auction next week, U.S.A Wrestling and collegiate basketball tournaments.

Next-door neighbors' ' petition might shut down family'' s huge Christmas light display

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Engineering Undergrads Display Latest Tech Advancements at Fall 2017 Senior Design Competition

WHAT

Students from the UNLV Howard R. Hughes College of Engineering put their undergraduate education to the test when they display year-long, commercially feasible tasks designed to solve daily difficulties at the Fall 2017 Fred and Harriet Cox Elder Design Competitors.

WHEN

Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017
8 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. and 2 – 5 p.m.

WHERE

Artemus W. Ham Auditorium, on the campus of UNLV (click for map)
Near Maryland Parkway and Home Grove Avenue

DETAILS

A capstone to every engineering trainee’s scholastic career at UNLV, the senior style task obstacles trainees to utilize whatever they have found out in their program to plan, design, create, and demonstrate a practical, real-world option to an engineering challenge. Each student chooses, plans, styles, and models an innovative, commercially feasible product and provides their idea to a panel of market judges.

More than 30 tasks will be on screen, including a pedestrian lighting system, a brand-new pallet style for storage facilities, a remote-controlled device that can spot IEDs, and a location-sharing app developed to encourage human interaction.

MEDIA

Interviews with participating trainees and College of Engineering agents are offered. Trainees will also perform product model presentations.

Project Examples
Pedestrian Lighting Guidance System

Pedestrian fatality rate is three times greater in the evening, with 70% of pedestrians killed in the nighttime. Headlights just let a driver see roughly 350 feet ahead. The Pedestrian Lighting Assistance System (PLGS) can help ease pedestrian deaths due to bad exposure in the evening. Utilizing pedestrian detection software application, the PLGS will instantly control a spotlight whenever somebody triggers it, with no problem on the pedestrian themselves, utilizing OpenCV libraries, microprocessors and cameras.

Marco Polo App

Current social media apps provide a virtual area where people can “satisfy” others, however really motivate less in person interactions. The Marco Polo App provides the capability for users to share their place by initiating contact within their list of good friends– “sending a Marco.” If the recipient accepts it, they “respond with a Polo,” then their GPS locations will be shown one another. The app provides a consensual and user regulated sharing of area and encourages users to remain physically and socially active by assisting in an easier method to fulfill up. The Marco Polo app’s objective is to enhance more human-to-human interaction within the age of innovation.

I.E.D. Rake

Because the early 2000s, 1,400 Americans have actually been eliminated and 13,000 injured by I.E.D. blasts. The Pentagon has invested more than $75 billion attempting to protect troops with armored automobiles and detection gadgets. The I.E.D. Rake is a remote controlled gadget, which takes the human operator, and their security, out of the equation. (Large mine detectors presently use a human operator.) In addition, with the large extension arms, the device does not have to be straight over a bomb, like currently utilized rovers, to find and detonate a mine.

OAR Pallet

The OAR Pallet prepares to change a dated wooden pallet that was presented in the 1930s and not improved upon since. Wooden pallets do not provide much functionality and can restrict attaining greater warehouse performances during truck loading and discharging. In contrast, the OAR Pallet will enhance the general mobility of pallets in a storage facility and minimize loading and discharging times by: using a coupling system to link several pallets together; using a multi-directional wheel arrangement for maneuverability; and having an operator-friendly mechanical braking system.

Blackstone To Acquire Display room Area Owner International Market Centers

Funds handled by Blackstone Property Partners and Blackstone Tactical Opportunities agreed to obtain International Market Centers Inc., among the world’s biggest owner and operators of showroom space for the home furnishings, house design and gift industries.

Fireside Investments is likewise anticipated to partner with Blackstone in the acquisition from Bain Capital Private Equity and funds handled by Oaktree Capital Management.

Financial regards to the transaction have actually not been revealed.

International Market Centers, owns 12.2 million square feet of exhibit area across 14 buildings in High Point, NC, and three structures and 3 exhibit structures in Las Vegas.

“This marks an interesting time for International Market Centers,” stated Robert Maricich, CEO of IMC. “While Bain Capital and Oaktree have actually been excellent partners for the previous six years, we eagerly anticipate this new relationship and our next stage of growth.”

“By leveraging the scale of Blackstone’s platform and know-how in real estate investing, we anticipate partnering with IMC to help drive the business’s ongoing development in the years ahead,” stated Tyler Henritze, a senior handling director in Blackstone’s Realty group.

Last November, International Market Centers offered $610 million in commercial mortgage-backed securities to re-finance its senior protected financial obligation and revolving credit facility. The loan was secured by IMC’s fee and leasehold interests in 17 display room properties in 2 states, totaling 9.5 million square feet.

That part of the portfolio had actually an appraised value of $1.165 billion or about $123/square foot. If that assessment were applied to International Market Centers entire portfolio, the real estate value of today’s offer would equate to about $1.5 billion.

The CMBS loan was underwritten based upon $194 million in annual earnings and $97.86 million in net operating income.

IMC’s property is primarily utilized just twice a year to host furniture mart exhibition in Las Vegas in January and July, and in High Point in April and October. For the rest of the year, the homes function as warehouses for furnishings companies.

Allen & & Business LLC and Kirkland & & Ellis LLP acted as advisors to International Market Centers, Bain Capital and Oaktree. Simpson Thacher & & Bartlett LLP served as advisors to Blackstone and Fireside.

Neuroscience, Art Come Together in Barrick Museum Display

Artists and researchers both know that collaboration is crucial to their work. So when UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art Interim Director Alisha Kerlin satisfied Rochelle and Dustin Hines, 2 neuroscience teachers from the department of psychology, they understood that this was a possibility for severe interdisciplinary cross-pollination.

Kerlin interviewed the professors about the paintings of Julie Oppermann, an American artist whose optically deceptive paintings are currently on view at the museum. Oppermann had one biographical information that made her especially interesting– she received a master’s degree in neuroscience prior to she ended up being a painter.

I observed that Julie Oppermann’s paintings are physically difficult to take in. At certain seeing ranges, I feel destabilized from the eyeballs down. I’ve heard students say that the work makes them nauseous.

Rochelle: I definitely felt the destabilization and lightheadedness. From one angle I was certain there was depth to the work, but as I altered my perspective I was shocked to see that it was an illusion. The neuroscience of understanding entered your mind. I thought of how the eye and brain extract and separate color and form/motion (black and white) details to process it initially. Eventually, the brain is then tasked with stitching this info back together to create our visual reality. Our experience of a visual impression in Oppermann essentially emerges from a harshness in this latter process of understanding.

Does it amaze you to discover that she has a master’s in neuroscience from UC Berkley?

Dustin: Not. It makes me really delighted to hear this! It is clear that she comprehends this separation between color and form/motion vision, and has actually taken advantage of features that will develop these results. In neuroscience, we call the form/motion vision processing system the dorsal stream (“where” system), and the color vision processing system the forward stream (“what” system).

Rochelle: The dorsal stream offers us with vision for action and governs our ability to react rapidly to visual scenarios, and visually direct the motions we make. The dorsal stream processing is unconscious. In contrast, the forward stream provides us with visual truth, and supplies us with a rich and detailed perception of the world, which is a conscious procedure. Illusions take advantage of our unconscious system, and utilize it to feed information into our mindful system.

I strongly think that a person can benefit from seeing art in person. What you see in print or on a screen will not provide you the complete experience, particularly in Oppermann’s case. Dustin: The reason they are most effective in person returns to what Rochelle stated about changing her perspective. Having the ability to move around the work and take different perspectives enables more details for our visual system, exposing the “trick” and enabling the illusion to be appreciated by our mindful system.

What would you say to someone (perhaps a researcher, or a non-art major) who generally would not wander into the museum trying to find abstract painting?

Rochelle: We are starting to value the crossways between arts and sciences a growing number of, and in teaching it works to make use of the arts to assist relay hard ideas about visual and auditory perception. This enables a trainee to have an experience, then consider exactly what their own brain may have done to process or develop that experience. I frequently find myself talking about the visual charm of data that we collect in the laboratory. A Nobel Prize-winning microscopist, Santiago Ramón y Cajal, was in truth an artist, and his drawings of brain cells that he saw through the microscope have been a significant contribution to neuroscience. Oppermann’s work is also a great example of how arts and sciences can sustain one another.

It’s effective that these paintings are still images but develop an active action in the viewer’s body. These are visceral artworks that are certainly not static.

Dustin: Absolutely. She skillfully taps into the juxtaposition of luminance and contrast borders in cautious mix with equiluminace that can produce the impression of motion or depth. Movement detection happens to be a crucial system for our survival, perhaps more so in an evolutionary sense, since discovering the motion of our bodies in space or the motion of animals and objects in our instructions helps ensure our security. Ultimately, our nerve system integrates not only the drawn out elements of visual scenes, however all types of sensory, homeostatic, rewarding, determined, and emotional info to create our total experience.

Visual art can powerfully stimulate emotional responses, such as joy or elation. I enjoy hearing how people react to artworks, and there is naturally no ideal way to respond. The variety of reactions have been from the feeling puzzled to feeling satisfaction.

Rochelle: Processing the world around us, including our visual world, is hardwired to produce sensations of pleasure in the brain. The pleasure-producing reward system is believed to exist to promote behaviors that improve our survival.

Dustin: Understanding the visual world use the benefit system since making sense of exactly what is going on around us enhances our opportunities of success. Visual stimuli, and specifically illusions, develop preliminary confusion for our brain, however having the ability to deal with the confusion by recognizing features triggers enjoyment centers of the brain. Acknowledgment of patterns, or subject matter, and so on, can be extremely pleasing due to the fact that it helps us to comprehend how to act.

Aim to the future: Games on display at G2E reveal transition to skill-based products

Ability and interactivity were the words of the week on the display room floor of this year’s Worldwide Video gaming Exposition.

The yearly casino industry conference, likewise referred to as G2E, finished up Thursday after a number of days showcasing a few of the most cutting-edge items from gambling companies. Set against the background of Nevada’s current transfer to manage the development of skill-based slot machines, the conference’s display room supplied a window into how companies are responding to the brand-new environment.

Picture galleries from G2E

What was displayed at G2E represents just the beginning of how game business will certainly make products that give casino floors a more arcade-like feel. After all, the regulations were just wrapped up two weeks earlier, and more work– particularly, the approval of technical requirements– continues to be.

Nevertheless, it was no coincidence that some of the most fascinating products in the G2E showroom included an element of skill– or a minimum of a level of gamer interaction that goes beyond what traditional slots offer.

To illustrate, right here’s a short take a look at how five business checked out those characteristics at G2E.

Scientific Games

The Area Invaders fruit machine from Scientific Games Corp., one of the industry’s most dominant companies, goes beyond a basic theme based upon the timeless arcade video game. In essence, it’s part traditional slot machine, part skill-based throwback: Customers spin virtual reels until they get to a perk round, where they’re offered the option of trying their luck or testing their skill.

Picking luck brings the gamer to a traditional round of free spins; skill needs them to basically play a short computer game. Gamers make points by obliterating rows of opponent aliens while trying to prevent their inbound rockets. Company spokesperson Mike Trask kept in mind that the game was reminiscent of the Overall Blast slot developed by Bally Technologies, which Scientific Games obtained last year.

Scientific Games also showed a slot game based on the tv show “The Simpsons.” It is not exactly a skill-based game, but it does contain an element where players can stick their hand in front of a motion sensor to move a virtual hand on the screen. Doing so enables them to engage with an incentive round by catching sprays as they fall, for instance.

International Video game Innovation

International Game Innovation PLC, another one of the market’s most significant players, has not sat on its hands while the skill-based slots pattern gets underway. IGT exhibited a variation of its Texas Tea game that plays like a regular slot until players reach the bonus round, at which point it ends up being a virtual pinball video game. At that point, a player’s skill takes control of.

Aside from that foray into the skill world, IGT also showcased video games that included elements of interactivity and an eye toward the digital. The company’s TMZ slots, for example, integrates an image booth feature that allows players to take a selfie and incorporate that into the video game, consisting of into a benefit round. And IGT’s Orange is the New Black slot, based upon the Netflix program, was presented at the same time on IGT’s DoubleDown social gambling establishment– the company’s very first time doing so with a premium accredited brand video game, spokesperson Phil O’Shaughnessy stated.

Gamblit Gaming

The company has actually been a popular voice in conversations about Nevada’s accept of skill in fruit machine, however Gamblit Pc gaming’s products are not yet readily available on casino floors in the state. They’re coming, company executives say, and in the meantime Gamblit provided a preview at G2E of exactly what might become in shop for Nevada gamers.

One video game, Smoothie Blast, requires gamers to match various sort of fruits– much like Candy Crush– which then go into a mixer. A wager runs when the blender is complete, and payouts vary depending on the mixer’s contents. Gamblit revealed that video game in a station indicated for single players.

Gamblit also showed games that were included on interactive tables implied for several players. One of those video games was Grab Poker, where gamers attempt to construct a winning hand by competing to choose cards as they quickly appear on the table. It’s suggested for approximately four players, and the winner takes the pot.

Next Gaming/G2

These two business partnered to show video games that look more like they would be discovered in a living-room than on a gambling establishment floor. Among their items, which integrates skill and opportunity, resembles the traditional Guitar Hero game: Gamers try to strike notes as they move past on a screen to successfully play a tune.

Striking notes equates into an opportunity to win money, and the gamers also earn ability points that could be used to create rankings on a leaderboard. A gambling establishment may then theoretically make use of that leaderboard to reward gamers with entry into a tournament, stated Mike Darley, president of Next Gaming.

Another game the business revealed, in first-person-shooter design, involved a similar blending of ability and chance to award payments.

Interblock

Slot machine-style video games were not the only locations where business at G2E were focusing on interactivity. Interblock showed an arena for electronic table games in which various tables can be located around a few live dealerships and huge electronic screens. At their station, bettors can have fun with among the live dealerships or select an automated variation of a table game. The setup at G2E also featured a DJ and a virtual “emcee” on the screen.

The Killers display swivel with ‘Viva Las Vegas’ at iHeartRadio’s opening

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The Killers arrive at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Celebration red carpeting Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

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Duran Duran reaches the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Festival red carpet Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

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Courtney Love reaches the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Celebration red carpet Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

It should be an initiation rite appointed by neighborhood caretakers such as Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak that every vocalist or band who headings in Las Vegas carries out “Viva Las Vegas.”

Call it the entertainer’s price of admission for playing Las Vegas. Write up a contract (a while back, I noted my favorite, pre-The Killers remakes of the song). And the version by which those covers must be determined today is the rendition carried out amidst terrific phenomenon by The Killers on Friday night at the 2015 iHeart Radio Music Festival at MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Making their very first show look in Las Vegas since the 2013 Life Is Stunning festival downtown, The Killers accomplished (or, eliminated it, to owe to the apparent) with a set-opening remake of “Viva Las Vegas.”

This was not simply a shrieking musical account of the title song from the iconic 1965 film starring Elvis and Ann-Margret, though it was that. The band roared through the number (brace for embellishment here) led by the strutting appearance by blue-jacketed frontman Brandon Flowers and the requisite percussive flourish of drummer Ronnie Vannucci.

Signing up with the band were a host of showgirls– genuine showgirls from “Jubilee” at Bally’s who had rehearsed with the band previously in the day. A call-out to these beautiful dancers: Kat Schwing, Katie Wolfe, Sarah Sutter, Michelle Gaftoi, all curtained in silver sequins and crimson headpieces and boas.

Throughout the number, the video screens glimmered with shots of rolling slots as Flowers moved quickly across the stage and behind the keyboards. It was a refreshing Las Vegas minute, and Flowers called out after the song, “We’re The Killers, brought to you by method of incredible Las Vegas, Nevada.”

Got ta love Flowers, forever a person who draws a 4 after striking a difficult 17. The Killers also threw down with “Mr. Brightside,” “All These Things That I Have actually Done” and “When We Were Young,” with a super-tight set that showed they continue to be among the leading live acts, anywhere.

Of course, the opening night of iHeart was much more than the Las Vegas superstars. The performances I captured were Kenny Chesney (as much a rock artist as country artist these days), Jason Derulo (great dancer and shedder of t-shirt, is he), Demi Lovato (she was equipped impressively in a hard-leather number, but her piercing vocals were set at a method too high level and her introduction of Stephan Jenkins and his acoustic guitar about silenced the audience), Lil’ Wayne (where’s Floyd Mayweather Jr. when Lil’ Wayne is onstage? That’s generally where I see him, approaching the ring with Cash) and Duran Duran.

Aside from The Killers, that last listed band was the highlight from my seat. Duran Duran efficiently summoned the fond memories, hearkening to an era where music was still acquired on vinyl discs and observed not just during show tours, however also on MTV. James Corden mentioned in their intro that Duran Duran has actually been around for 35 years, however that can’t hold true because I am still only 19.

However the band was nevertheless spot on with “Starving Like the Wolf,” “Wild Boys,” “Infamous” and a set-closing “Rio,” with the ever-familiar video graphic of the woman whose name is Rio. Even today, she dances on the sand.

“Rio” was a welcome performance, revealing that in this city there is always a spot for a stunning gal. Just ask Mr. Flowers for a table.

MGM Grand Hotel and Gambling establishment

MGM Grand, a AAA Four Diamond resort, provides 5,044 spaces and suites.

MGM Grand features KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; Brad Garrett’s Funny Club; and world-class home entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena and Hollywood Theatre.

The resort provides signature dining establishments by star chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans Fish Home, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & & Grill and Michelin three star and Forbes 5 star dining establishment, Joël Robuchon.

As part of its ongoing “Grand Renovation,” MGM Grand has redesigned all spaces and suites in its main tower and is adding a number of new experiences to its lineup consisting of Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Club, a new high end dining/nightlife concept (coming in April 2013).

MGM Grand also features a modern, non-smoking conference center, the Grand Health spa, Cristophe Hair salon, “CSI: The Experience” and a welcoming swimming pool complex showcasing the tantalizing daylife of Wet Republic.

Upscale accommodations consist of The Estate, an unique hotel within the hotel; the glamorous two-story SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand; and The Trademark at MGM Grand, a luxury all-suite, non-gaming hotel situated surrounding to the primary resort.

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MGM Grand Garden Arena The MGM Grand Garden Arena is the home of concerts, champion boxing and premier sporting and unique occasions. The Arena provides comfortable seating for as numerous as 16,800 people with excellent views and state-of-the-art acoustics, lighting and sound. The Grand Garden Box office is open from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily.
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