Construction on the new Las Vegas Virgin Hotel & Casino will soon begin. This week, Virgin announced that Mohegan Gaming will manage the new hotel. It’s the first time that a tribal gaming group has operated a casino in Las Vegas.
It’s exciting to see Virgin Hotels choose its managing partner. Many feel that this new hotel-casino will be extremely popular. Let’s look at what we know about the Virgin hotel-casino right now.
Hard Rock Las Vegas Officially Sold to Virgin Hotels
The Hard Rock Las Vegas Hotel & Casino has long been considered one of the best venues off the Strip. Unfortunately, it failed to bring in major revenue earnings in recent years. Not long ago, Hard Rock International announced that it sold the Las Vegas property to Virgin Hotels.
It’s Virgin’s first foray into the hotel-casino business. Obviously, this company needs time to prepare a gambling establishment in Sin City. Initially, Virgin stated that the hotel would close for four months while renovations took place. In August, the company changed its stance, claiming the hotel would close for eight full months.
There are some major changes taking place here. Virgin wants to completely transform the former Hard Rock Las Vegas hotel. Last week, several design partners were officially announced.
A number of major companies will help Virgin Hotels with the rebranding process. According to new reports, this new hotel-casino will feature a 60,000 square foot casino floor, 1,504 suites, and several new entertainment options.
Today, Virgin Hotels made another major announcement.
Mohegan Gaming Will Manage the Virgin Hotel & Casino
For months, Virgin has worked on finding the right company to operate its new hotel. Today, the company revealed Mohegan Gaming as the hotel’s new manager. Mohegan operates many gambling venues across the country, yet this is their first time entering the Las Vegas market.
Mario Kontomerkos, CEO of Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, commented on the news to the media.
“Together with Virgin Hotels, experience seekers all over the world will have the opportunity to partake in an extraordinary guest journey that only our strategic alliance can deliver,” he said.
Specific terms of this deal have not been revealed. It’s being said that Mohegan will work to add the hotel’s entertainment options. Kontomerkos cited his company’s long history of providing headliner entertainment. The company puts on more than 1,500 shows per year and will work to bring major shows to the Virgin Las Vegas Hotel.
It’s exciting news for both parties. Mohegan is an extremely well-known brand and will likely bring in many guests with their Momentum loyalty-card program. We’ll need to wait and see exactly what Mohegan has planned for Las Vegas’ newest gambling venue.
New Projects Coming to Las Vegas
The Las Vegas Strip remains the most visited part of the city. Recently, several new projects have begun to transform other areas. One of the most exciting is the MSG Sphere, scheduled to open sometime in 2021.
This massive venue is shaping up to be one of the most impressive venues in the city. Officials at MSG Sphere believe that it will set a new standard for entertainment venues. It’s currently being constructed adjacent to the Venetian Hotel & Casino, slightly off the Strip.
The North area of the Las Vegas Strip is also undergoing a transformation right now. Several new projects are being worked on here, perhaps the most exciting of which is Resorts World. This massive casino-resort is costing billions of dollars to construct and will officially open in 2020.
Many are extremely excited to see what the Virgin Hotel has to offer. With Mohegan Gaming on board, it’s expected to be one of the best new additions to the city in recent memory.
Make sure to stay tuned for more updates on this casino over the next few months!