Virgin Hotels Las Vegas Pushes Back its Opening Again

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The planned opening of Virgin Hotels Las Vegas has been pushed back for a due to the pandemic.

This marks the second time that the anticipated opening of the off strip hotel and casino has been moved. Originally, the Las Vegas hotel was slated to open in autumn but was moved to January 15, 2021. But with the COVID-19 cases increasing again in Nevada, the owners of the property decided to push it back again.

During an interview last week, JC Hospitality Richard “Boz” Bosworth said:

“Due to the continuously evolving COVID-19 situation not only in Nevada but nationwide, we have made the decision to delay the Jan. 15, 2021 opening of Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. The construction for the project is on time and this decision was predicated on the current conditions in the market as it pertains to the pandemic. While the entire team at JC Hospitality is beyond excited to introduce the reimagined resort casino to locals and tourists alike, the safety and health of our guests, partners and team members continues to be our top priority. We encourage everyone to follow the guidelines put forth by public officials. At this time, an opening date has not been finalized, but an announcement is forthcoming.”

The Former Hard Rock Hotel

The New Virgin Hotels property is located at the previous Hard Rock Hotel site on Paradise Road. Bosworth acquired the resort in March 2018 together with Billionaire Richard Branson of the Virgin Group, and Juniper Capital Partners for $500M. Once it opens, it will feature a 60,000 square foot casino operated by Mohegan Gaming.

During its renovation, the new owners upgraded the 1,500 room hotel and refurbished 23 executive suites. Other amenities in the Las Vegas hotel include a 4,500-seat live music and entertainment theater, a five-acre pool complex with a promenade outdoor dining, and 12 food and beverage establishments.

Recent COVID-19 Surge in Nevada

In October, Las Vegas reported 1.9M in tourists which is just half of the 3.7M who visited Sin City in October 2019. The opening of Virgin Hotels property was expected to be among the movers that would start a rebound for the city’s struggling gaming and hospitality industry. Unfortunately, that will have to wait for now.

The recent surge of COVID-19 cases in Nevada could force Governor Steve Sisolak to enforce new health and safety measures. State officials reported 2,902 new cases last Friday with 23 deaths. Also, some Las Vegas casinos are closing during mid-week due to pandemic-linked conditions. Last month, Gov. Sisolak ordered a three-week maximum capacity of 25% for casinos, bars, and restaurants.

Mohegan One Step Closer to Becoming First Tribe to Operate in Vegas

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Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment received a unanimous recommendation from the Nevada Gaming Control Board on Wednesday. The recommendation moves Mohegan one step closer to becoming the first tribe to operate a Las Vegas casino.

Deal to Operate Former Hard Rock Las Vegas

It can be recalled that in September of last year, Mohegan announced that it had struck a deal to operate the gambling site at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. The deal is contingent on the renovation and the regulatory approval of the Nevada Gaming Commission. The remodeling of the property began last February and continued even with the COVID-19 pandemic as construction was deemed as essential business. It is anticipated to finish on time. Meanwhile, the Nevada Gaming Commission is expected to meet on October 22 to consider the recommendation of the Control Board.

JC Hospitality, the owners of the Las Vegas casino property, will serve as the landlord. JC Hospitality has also called on Virgin Hotels to manage and operate the property’s 1,110 guest rooms, which will become part of the Hilton Curio Collection. The property also brought in AEG Presents to assume the management, operations, and bookings for The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.New casino general manager Joe Hasson also said that celebrity chefs will be sought to operate its restaurants.

Mohegan Sun at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas

The renovated Las Vegas casino will be rebranded as the Mohegan Sun at Virgin Hotels in Las Vegas and is expected to open on January 15, 2021. According to Hasson, the Mohegan brand won’t appear in the building but the electronic signage outside the property will market the brand name.

The new casino will not have a poker room and the proposed sports book which will be operated by Betfred USA Sports isn’t expected to be up and running when the Las Vegas casino opens in January. GM Hasson said that they are still going through the process of securing a license.

About Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment

Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment is the business enterprise of the Mohegan Indian tribe of Connecticut. They currently manage the gaming operations for Resorts Atlantic casino, the Fallsview Casino on the Canadian side of the Niagara Falls, Indian casinos in Washington state and Louisiana, and its flagship Mohegan Sun Resort in Uncasville and Mohegan Sun Poconos in Pennsylvania.

Aside from expanding in Las Vegas, Mohegan has also set its sights on international gaming. It is currently developing a $5B resort at Incheon International Airport in South Korea which is targeted to open in late 2022. It also has a bid for a potential integrated resort license on the former Hellenikon International Airport near Athens in Greece.

The Three-Day Party at Hard Rock Las Vegas Has Kicked Off

It’s been almost 25 years since The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas first opened its doors to the public. Soon, this venue will close and be transformed into a property operated by Virgin Hotels. Before this happens, an exciting three-day party at Hard Rock Las Vegas will take place.Hard Rock International Logo

This extravaganza is now underway. It’s the last chance for both residents and tourists to spend time inside this storied hotel-casino. Today, we’re going to look at why it’s being sold, and what this party has to offer.

Let’s get into it!

The Sale of Hard Rock Las Vegas Was Inevitable

Back in 1990, a Hard Rock Cafe opened up not far from the Las Vegas Strip. It became a major hit and its owners looked for new ways to increase its revenue. A little after a year of opening, plans to add a hotel-casino were introduced.

Groundbreaking on this property started in 1993. The owners teamed up with Lake Tahoe-based company Harvey’s Hotel & Casino to help construct and operate this venue. In March of 2015, the $100 million Hard Rock Las Vegas officially opened to the public.

Over the next two decades, the ownership of this property changed hands several times. In 2006, Morgans Hotel Group purchased this venue and began planning major renovations. Unfortunately, this property began bleeding revenue and its owners announced they were looking to sell.

This proved to be more difficult than many predicted. Finally, in March of 2018, news broke that Virgin Hotels had agreed to purchase this venue. It’s Virgin’s first time breaking into the casino industry.

On February 3rd, this venue will officially close its doors. As a kind of farewell celebration, the owners are putting on a massive multi-day party.

The Party at Hard Rock Las Vegas is Now Underway!

Las Vegas is the party capital of the United States. With so many incredible bars and nightclubs, it takes something special to stand out. From Thursday to Sunday, visitors to this city can check out a fantastic multi-day party at Hard Rock Las Vegas. Hope is that it ends the property’s time in the city with a bang.

This party officially kicked off on Thursday evening and ends on Sunday. There will be live music, discounted drinks, and a huge number of great food options. Richard “Boz” Bosworth, CEO of the Hard Rock Las Vegas, commented on the final few days of this venue’s operation to the media this week.

“While there’s a lot of emotion seeing the Hard Rock go, there’s equal or more excitement about the future,” he said. “This is really a weekend where it’s our opportunity to not only say goodbye to the Hard Rock, but also to basically thank the Las Vegas community for supporting The Hard Rock and it’s staff members for 25 years.” 

According to Bosworth, the multi-day party at Hard Rock Las Vegas is already attracting some of the city’s biggest names. Many individuals, he claims, simply want to say goodbye to one of the city’s favorite hotel-casinos.

Virgin Hotels will soon begin its transformation of this property. Some of the company’s plans for this property have already been released. Here’s what we know so far.

Virgin Hotels Has Big Plans for Its New Las Vegas Venue

For a time, it seemed as if no company wanted to buy the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The property had struggled to generate revenue for years and its location off the Strip was becoming less and less valuable. Finally, Virgin Hotels stepped up and decided there was still a lot of potential in this venue.

The company certainly has a lot of funding behind it. Officials within Virgin Hotels have released several details about the upcoming transformation. They claim this will be one of the best new hotel-casinos in the city.

Virgin will close down the hotel-casino for eight months while these renovations take place. The company has teamed up with several hotel industry leaders to help with design plans. It will have a unique “desert theme” and is set to feature 1,504 suites, a 60,000 square-foot casino floor, and over five acres of space for the pool and surrounding amenities.

The party at Hard Rock Las Vegas is officially underway. It will end late on Sunday evening. If you’re in the city, feel free to check it out!

Stay tuned for more Las Vegas casino news over the next few months!

Say Goodbye to Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas, Hello to Virgin Hotels Las Vegas

Hard Rock Hotel & Cafe in Las VegasThe new year is ushering in another major change, as the iconic Hard Rock Hotel will be closing its doors Monday, Feb 3, to make way for Virgin Hotels Las Vegas. Hard Rock Hotel originally opened its doors on March 9, 1995. The $100 million property included a 28,000 square foot casino and an 11-story hotel with 339 rooms.

The café portion of the hotel was demolished a couple of months ago, and the hotel will officially be making its major renovations to the hotel portion next Monday. The new Virgin Hotels Las Vegas is scheduled to open its doors this fall.

Virgin Hotels Las Vegas will include 60,000 square feet of fully-renovated casinos, over five acres of luxe upgraded outdoor space and pools, new world-class restaurants, lounges and bars, as well as 130,000 square feet of remodeled meeting, event and convention spaces.

The renovation includes a huge design shift from the current rock vibe with what’s being described as a “desert cool design.”

Wayne Klesmer, a Las Vegas local, says this of the city bidding farewells to historic properties and making way for new ones:

“They come and they go. I think we get something better. Like when they tore down Desert Inn, unfortunately I never saw Desert Inn, but now they got the Wynn and they got the Encore.”

Tribal Casino Management: A Las Vegas First

In a first for the Las Vegas gaming corridor, a Native American gaming enterprise will manage a casino when the Hard Rock Hotel transitions into Virgin Hotels Las Vegas this fall.

“It’s historic, the first time a tribal gaming operator will be managing a casino in Las Vegas,” said David G. Schwartz, gaming historian at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. “This speaks to the growing economic power of the tribes, as well as their increasing expertise in gaming management.”

The Mohegan Tribe owns MGE, which opened its first casino, the Mohegan Sun, in Connecticut in 1996. MGE also has locations in Washington state, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Louisiana. MGE is owner and operator of the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun.

“The timing was right (to enter the Las Vegas market),” Maria Kontomerkos, MGE’s CEO, said. “MGE’s portfolio of major strategic partners such as Live Nation and Paramount Pictures combined with our international reach ideally position us to drive business to the Las Vegas market.”

“Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, as an extension of the Mohegan Tribe, pride themselves on traditional principles, in sync with modern values. We are excited that Virgin Hotels Las Vegas will be their first entry in the Las Vegas market,” said Richard “Boz” Bosworth, president and CEO of JC Hospitality, owner of Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. “MGE further expands on our commitment to partner with best-in-class operators for the Virgin Hotels Las Vegas transformation.”

Final Farewell

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will have its final rock with a couple of events starting Thursday. They’ll commemorate the casino’s 25-year history in town, with a final toast on Saturday.

Every day, guests will have the chance to win memorabilia pieces, such as signed guitars and gold records. There’s still a Hard Rock Cafe on the Las Vegas Strip in front of Park MGM and T-Mobile Arena. That location is expected to stay open.

Rival Sons & Stone Temple Pilots to Perform at Hard Rock Las Vegas

Stone Temple Pilots and Rival Sons are planning a tour together, and the Hard Rock casino in Las Vegas will be one of their stops. These two legendary bands will join forces and perform at The Joint on Sunday, October 6. Their co-headlining tour is conceptualized as fan-oriented, which is visible from the type of venues they book – all of them are intimate. If you are interested in visiting this show, make sure to check out the tickets as they went on sale on May 3. The price of tickets starts at $59.99 in addition to applicable service fees. You can buy them either online or at the Hard Rock Hotel Box Office.

This unforgettable tour of two forces of rock will last through September and October. Dan De Leo of Stone Temple Pilots made an announcement, claiming that they were really excited about the upcoming tour. Furthermore, he added that the band was grateful for sharing the stage with a great band like Rival Sons.

The tour will feature both bands playing their full sets. They are both considered some of the best live acts in the world of rock music nowadays, and seeing them both live will definitely be an unforgettable experience. Scott Holiday of Rival Sons stated that they were delighted to perform together with the DeLeo brothers from Stone Temple Pilots. Furthermore, he added that he was looking forward to playing their music in some of the greatest venues in the US. Holiday added that Stone Temple Pilots made the ‘soundtrack to his childhood,’ and stated that he would be very happy to see them perform their hit songs live during the tour.

Who Are Stone Temple Pilots?

Stone Temple Pilots (which are often referred to as just STP) are a band from San Diego California. They have been active ever since 1989, making great music which is classified as alternative rock, grunge, hard rock, and neo-psychedelia. The root of this band is brothers Dean DeLeo on guitar and Robert DeLeo on bass and backing vocals. The third member that was a part of the band from the start is the drummer Erik Kretz. The original vocal was Scott Weiland. However, the band replaced him with the late Chester Bennington of Linkin Part at one point, and the current singer in the band is Jeff Gut. They have released a total of seven studio albums, with the latest one being released in 2018. It is their first album with Jeff Gutt, who will be the singer at the upcoming tour with Rival Sons.

Who Are Rival Sons?

Rival Sons is a rock band that comes from Long Beach, California. They haven’t been around for a long time, but they managed to gain quite a popularity in less than one decade. In fact, 2019 will be the year they celebrate their first decade. Their current members are Jay Buchanan, Scott Holiday, Mike Miley, and Dave Beste. Beste replaced Everhart on bass back in 2013. The band also features one tour member called Todd Ögren who plays keyboards, percussion, and provides backing vocals. The type of music this band makes is often described as blues rock or even hard rock. If you haven’t had an opportunity to check out this band, make sure to do that right now, especially if you like classic rock bands such as Deep Purple or Led Zeppelin since those bands are some of their biggest influences.

Hard Rock Las Vegas’ The Joint Celebrates 10 Years

If you happen to be in Las Vegas on April 17, make sure to check out the party that will happen at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, as one of the legendary venues in this property celebrates 10 years of existence. The Joint is considered by many Las Vegas visitors and residents to be the most sophisticated and most dynamic venue of that kind in the world, as it has seen hundreds of shows and performances ever since it was opened. Apart from being dynamic, the Joint is known for its authenticity as there is no similar venue in the world. If you had an opportunity to visit it, you probably know what it looks and feels – the feeling is indeed a unique one.

The celebration will start on April 16, one day before the actual anniversary. The main stars for that day will be a legendary pop-rock band from the UK called The 1975. They come from Manchester, and their music can be further described as indie pop, indie rock, and even electropop. Matthew “Matty” Healy, Adam Hann, Ross MacDonald, and George Daniel are four unique individuals, making unique music, and having unique performances. All of that fits perfectly the unique interior of The Joint. There is just a small problem with their show right now – it is sold out.

However, if you are up for live performances and you are in Vegas during the second half of April, you will have an opportunity to enjoy the extraordinary performance of Slightly Stoopid on 20 April which is the date that The Joint celebrates with their 420 Party. If you understand the 420 reference and April 20 is a significant date for you, then you want to be a part of this event, enjoying the music of Slightly Stoopid, which is a great band from San Diego, California, which combines psychedelic rock, reggae, dub, and even blues and fold. In other words, they are a perfect match for the celebration of this date.

History of The Joint

If we were to track the original history of The Joint, we would have to go back to 1995 when the venue was opened for the first time. However, it underwent a complete makeover in April 2009 which is now regarded as the date of its new beginning. The makeover included transforming the legendary showroom which was doubled in size ten years ago. After that, many artists and performers had an opportunity to be a part of the joint and play their music there, including the likes of Paul McCartney, KISS, Drake, Tiesto, Kenny Chesney, Imagine Dragons, and more.

However, musicians are not the only ones who passed through The Joint. In fact, many other events took place here as the venue proved pretty versatile for various kinds of happenings. Combat fights, comedy shows, and even world-class entertainers had an opportunity to enter this legendary venue.

What’s more important than the history of this venue is its future. Being a part of a successful hotel and casino resort, The Joint is bound to host numerous other performers and entertainers who will make the stay of hundreds of tourists better. After all, Las Vegas is the city that never sleeps, and if you don’t feel like sleeping, make sure to visit The Joint, as there is something happening in the venue all the time. Furthermore, make sure to check out the entertainers who will perform in 2019 in The Joint, as you are definitely going to find a show that you should not miss.