MGM RESORTS ANNOUNCES OPENING DATES FOR FIRST LAS VEGAS PROPERTIES

 

MGM RESORTS ANNOUNCES OPENING DATES FOR FIRST LAS VEGAS PROPERTIES ICONIC BELLAGIO, NEW YORK-NEW YORK,  MGM GRAND AND THE SIGNATURE TO OPEN JUNE 4

 

Employee and Guest Health & Safety at Forefront of Company’s
Reopening Planning

MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) (“MGM Resorts”) announced its planned June 4 reopening of Bellagio, New York-New York, MGM Grand Las Vegas and The Signature, following the closure earlier this year of all of its U.S. properties amidst the coronavirus crisis.  At opening, amenities at all properties will be limited. As demand for the destination builds, additional venues within these resorts will open and other MGM Resorts properties on The Strip will reopen.

“Our hearts go out to everyone in the communities where we operate, and around the world, who has been personally impacted during this time of crisis,” said Bill Hornbuckle, MGM Resorts’ Acting CEO and President. “As we plan for these openings, the health and safety of our guests and employees is at the forefront of all we do. Getting many of our employees back to work and welcoming guests through our doors once again will allow us to do what we do best – entertain. The team is ready and we can’t wait.”

Health & Safety

MGM Resorts recently released its comprehensive “Seven-Point Safety Plan,” a multi-layered set of protocols and procedures designed in conjunction with medical and scientific experts to mitigate the spread of the virus, protect customers and employees and rapidly respond to potential new cases. The full plan can be reviewed at mgmresorts.com. We will continue to evaluate and evolve our safety protocols.  Key initiatives include:

  • Employee screening, temperature checks and COVID-19 specific training
  • COVID-19 testing offered for employees as they return to work in partnership with the local medical community
  • Employees will be required to wear masks; Guests are strongly encouraged to wear masks, and in some settings where physical distancing is more difficult and/or barriers do not exist, will be required to do so.  Examples of where masks will be required include salons, certain table games where physical barriers are not in place and elevators, if riding with guests outside of their travel group. Masks will be provided, free of charge
  • A physical distancing policy will be implemented, with floor guides serving as reminders
  • For areas where physical distancing presents challenges, plexiglass barriers will be installed, or other measures will be used to reduce risks
  • Standalone handwashing stations designed by MGM Resorts conveniently located on casino floors
  • Contactless Check-In through the MGM Resorts App will allow hotel guests to go through the check-in process on their personal devices, minimizing interactions
  • Guestroom Attendants will wear masks and gloves while cleaning each room and will change gloves between guestrooms
  • In addition to increased and enhanced routine cleaning of guestrooms and public spaces based on CDC guidance, electrostatic sprayers will be utilized in many large public spaces so that disinfectant is applied efficiently
  • Digital menus will be available to view on personal mobile devices via QR codes in the company’s food and beverage outlets
  • To minimize groups congregating while they wait, restaurant guests will receive text message notification when their tables are ready
  • MGM has compiled its own internal team and processes to respond if a guest or employee tests positive for COVID-19.  We ask that if a guest tests positive after visiting one of our properties, they alert us through a special email address (covid19@mgmresorts.com).  We will immediately report any positive test results to the local health department and assist with contact tracing to support the health department investigators.

For a full listing of amenities that will be available at each resort, please visit mgmresorts.com. Complimentary self-parking will be available for guests; valet parking will not be operational at this time.

A glimpse at what guests can expect:

Bellagio

Bellagio’s Conservatory will open with a beautiful new Japanese Spring Garden display called “Japan Journey: Magic of Kansai”. The resort’s iconic fountains will once again come to life. Food & Beverage amenities will include a variety of lounges such as Petrossian Bar, featuring its signature pianist as well as casual and fine-dining restaurants like Prime and Lago. The Mayfair Supper Club, which opened only a few months ago to rave reviews, will also reopen its doors. The lush pool will open with a selection of cabanas available. The Salon and Fitness Center also will be available.

New York-New York

In addition to a variety of bars and dining offerings including the lively Tom’s Urban, New York-New York guests can enjoy the highly popular Big Apple Roller Coaster and Big Apple Arcade, as well as Hershey’s Chocolate World. Just in time for celebrating summer, the pool will open with a selection of cabanas available. The property’s Fitness Center will be available to hotel guests. Many of the venues at the adjacent Park are slated to open, as well.

MGM Grand and The Signature

MGM Grand, known for its dynamic mix of offerings, will open a number of bars and lounges as well as casual and fine-dining venues including Craftsteak and Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill. A selection of cabanas will be available alongside a portion of the resort’s exciting pool environment. The Salon and Fitness Center will be available to hotel guests. The Signature at MGM Grand also will open with a variety of its amenities available.

Days and hours of operation at all venues will vary. For a full list of offerings, and to make reservations, please visit mgmresorts.com.

 

About MGM Resorts International

MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is an S&P 500® global entertainment company with national and international locations featuring best-in-class hotels and casinos, state-of-the-art meetings and conference spaces, incredible live and theatrical entertainment experiences, and an extensive array of restaurant, nightlife and retail offerings. MGM Resorts creates immersive, iconic experiences through its suite of Las Vegas-inspired brands. The MGM Resorts portfolio encompasses 29 unique hotel and destination gaming offerings in the United States and Macau, including some of the most recognizable resort brands in the industry such as Bellagio, MGM Grand, ARIA and Park MGM. The Company’s 50/50 venture, ROAR Digital LLC, offers U.S. sports betting and online gaming through market-leading brands, including BetMGM and partypoker. The Company is currently pursuing targeted expansion in Asia through the integrated resort opportunity in Japan. Through its “Focused on What Matters: Embracing Humanity and Protecting the Planet” initiative, MGM Resorts commits to creating a more sustainable future, while striving to make a bigger difference in the lives of its employees, guests, and in the communities where it operates. The global employees of MGM Resorts are proud of their company for being recognized as one of FORTUNE® Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies®. For more information, please visit us at www.mgmresorts.com. Please also connect with us @MGMResortsIntl on Twitter as well as Facebook and Instagram.

Forward Looking Statements

Statements in this release that are not historical facts are “forward-looking” statements and “safe harbor statements” that involve risks and/or uncertainties, including those described in MGM Resorts’ public filings with the SEC. MGM Resorts has based forward-looking statements on management’s current expectations and assumptions and not on historical facts. Examples of these statements include, but are not limited to, statements MGM Resorts makes regarding how and when its properties will re-open and its ability to mitigate the spread of the virus. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in such forward-looking statements include the continued spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the potential for additional future outbreaks of the virus, the general economic conditions and market conditions in the markets in which MGM Resorts operates and competition with other destination travel locations throughout the United States and the world, the design, timing and costs of expansion projects, risks relating to international operations, permits, licenses, financings, approvals and other contingencies in connection with growth in new or existing jurisdictions and additional risks and uncertainties described in MGM Resorts’ Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and Form 8-K reports (including all amendments to those reports). In providing forward-looking statements, MGM Resorts is not undertaking any duty or obligation to update these statements publicly as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. If the Company updates one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that it will make additional updates with respect to those other forward-looking statements.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL ACCEPTS THE “ALL IN CHALLENGE” WITH OVER THE TOP, ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME PACKAGE, AVAILABLE NOW

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL ACCEPTS THE “ALL IN CHALLENGE” WITH OVER THE TOP, ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME PACKAGE, AVAILABLE NOW

Highest bidder will experience a “Day in the Life of a Cirque du Soleil Performer in Las Vegas”

Cirque du Soleil is excited to announce it has accepted the ALL IN CHALLENGE, powered by Fanatics, with a once-in-a-lifetime, exclusive auction item available for bidding now through May 15. The luxe experience invites the highest bidder and their guest to join the cast of a Las Vegas Cirque du Soleil show of their choice for a day.

The lucky duo will be invited behind the scenes into the magical world of one of the six most iconic shows on the Las Vegas Strip, having their choice of Mystère at Treasure Island, “O” at Bellagio, Zumanity at New York-New York, KÀ at MGM Grand, The Beatles LOVE at The Mirage or Michael Jackson ONE at Mandalay Bay. The guests will be paired with a performer, joining the cast member through their day at the theater, following them through show rehearsals, fitness training, costume and make-up and a backstage tour of the theater. Once the show is ready to begin, the two will be able to watch the show from backstage, catching every bit of the behind-the-scenes action.

All of the money raised through this auction will go directly to Feeding America, Meals On Wheels, World Central Kitchen and No Kid Hungry, in partnership with the All in Challenge Foundation.

The ALL IN CHALLENGE package offered by Cirque du Soleil is available for bidding now through May 15. Prize package offerings will be available for redemption once Cirque du Soleil’s Las Vegas productions have resumed regular performance schedules following the ongoing global health crisis. For details and auction rules please visit Fanatics.com./all-in-challenge.

 

About Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group

Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group is a world leader in live entertainment. On top of producing world-renowned circus arts shows, the Canadian organization brings its creative approach to a large variety of entertainment forms such as multimedia productions, immersive experiences, theme parks and special events. Going beyond its various creations, Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group aims to make a positive impact on people, communities and the planet with its most important tools: creativity and art. For more information about Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group, please visit CDSentertainmentgroup.com

Since May Launch, Vegas Baby Vodka is Sweeping Las Vegas, Nearing 1000 Cases Sold

Since May Launch, Vegas Baby Vodka is
Sweeping Las Vegas, Nearing 1000 Cases Sold

Vegas-owned Spirit Available Now at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, MGM Grand International Las Vegas Properties and Station Casinos Properties, Plus Lee’s Discount Liquor, Liquor Library and More

  What happens in Vegas… is now captured in a bottle. Two Las Vegas locals have embodied the city’s spirit with the creation of Vegas Baby Vodka, which, since its launch in May, is approaching 1,000 cases sold and is now available throughout the Las Vegas Valley.

 

In addition to bars and restaurants at select MGM Resorts International and Station Casinos properties, Vegas Baby Vodka is now available at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, local bars and restaurants and retail outlets such as Lee’s Discount Liquor, Total Wine & More, Liquor Library, Roy’s Liquor and more.

 

Co-founders Jennifer Higgins and Megan Wilkes founded Vegas Baby Vodka with aim to honor Las Vegas through a spirit that captures the excitement of the city. “The reception to Vegas Baby Vodka is beyond what we could have imagined,” said Wilkes. “As longtime Las Vegas locals, we hope to do our city proud.”

 

Made with fresh Rocky Mountain water and non-GMO, gluten-free corn by Dry Hills Distillery in Montana, Vegas Baby Vodka is distilled using a column still and filtered through a charcoal filter for an ultra-smooth finish. The premium vodka, which is 40 percent alcohol by volume, retails starting at $23.99 and has been taken on by Las Vegas heavyweight, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits.

 

“There couldn’t have been a better time to bring Vegas Baby Vodka to Las Vegas,” said Higgins. “With our incredible new professional sports teams and unprecedented growth, this is one of the most exciting eras in our city’s history.”

 

Over 100 restaurants, bars and liquor stores are now offering Vegas Baby Vodka including Piero’s Italian Cuisine, Dom DeMarco’s Pizzeria & Bar, Pinches Tacos, LV Liquor, The Liquor Outlet, Total Wine & More and Roy’s Liquor. An interactive map of retailers and more information can be found at https://vegasbabyspirits.com/, as well as on Instagram. Vegas Baby Vodka was recently certifed as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) business, a prestigious classification supporting female business owners and entrpreneurs everywhere.

 

 

About Vegas Baby Spirits

Vegas Baby Spirits was founded in 2019 by Vegas locals, Jennifer Higgins and Megan Wilkes, who sought to capture the excitement of Las Vegas through Vegas Baby Vodka. Higgins and Wilkes turned their love of cosmopolitan cocktails into a brand sweeping the Las Vegas Strip and beyond. Vegas Baby Vodka is available in nearly 100 locations throughout Las Vegas, including Lee’s Discount Liquor, Total Wine & More, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, MGM Resorts International properties and Stations Casinos properties. Vegas Baby Vodka is made and distilled at Dry Hills Distillery in Montana, with Rocky Mountain water and non-GMO, gluten-free corn, and is distilled using a column still and filtered through a charcoal filter to guarantee an ultra-smooth finish with 40 percent alcohol by volume. More information can be found by visiting the company’s website, Facebook or Instagram.

Kevin James Brings New Comedy Tour to MGM Grand

KEVIN JAMES BRINGS NEW COMEDY TOUR TO MGM GRAND

Tickets on Sale Friday, March 6 for May 29 Performance

Actor, executive producer and Emmy-nominated comedian Kevin James will bring his new comedy tour to MGM Grand Hotel & Casino Friday, May 29 at 9 p.m. Tickets to see the Long Island comedian headline at KÀ Theatre go on sale Friday, March 6.

Tickets for James’ performance start at $49.99 and can be purchased at any MGM Resorts International box office, online at mgmgrand.com or ticketmaster.com or by calling (877) 880-0880 or (702) 891-1111.

Guests looking for exclusive ticket prices and discounts can sign up for M life Rewards – MGM Resorts International’s loyalty program. M life Rewards provides members benefits and once-in-a-lifetime experiences at the company’s incomparable collection of resort destinations. To join, or for more information, visit mgmresorts.com/mlife.

James began his career as a stand-up on the Long Island comedy scene. After being discovered at the 1996 Montreal Comedy Festival, he signed a network development deal to create his own sitcom “The King of Queens.” The show premiered in 1998, ran for nine seasons on CBS with James starring and executive producing, and garnered him an Emmy nomination in 2006 for “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.” The show concluded its run in 2007 but continues to air daily in worldwide syndication. James currently is executive producing, and starring in, “The Crew” on Netflix.

In 2001, James brought his stand-up act to TV with “Sweat the Small Stuff,” a one-hour special for Comedy Central. In 2005, he and Ray Romano executive produced and starred in the HBO Sports Special “Making the Cut: The Road to Pebble Beach,” a documentary about the Pebble Beach Pro-Am Golf Tournament nominated for a Sports Emmy. His second comedy special “Never Don’t Give Up” premiered on Netflix in April 2018.

James was the producer, co-writer and star of the hit comedies “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 1 & 2,” “Zookeeper” and “Here Comes The Boom.” He made his feature film debut in 2005 in Columbia Pictures’ “Hitch” starring opposite Will Smith, and starred alongside Adam Sandler in “Pixels,” “Grown Ups,” “Grown Ups 2” and “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry.” He starred in the feature “True Memoirs of an International Assassin” for Netflix in 2016. In addition to his on-camera work, James’ voice has been featured in the animated films “Barnyard for Nick Movies,” as well as “Monster House” and the “Hotel Transylvania” franchise for Sony Pictures Animation.

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ABOUT MGM GRAND
MGM Grand Hotel & Casino is “The Entertainment Authority,” creating the ultimate Las Vegas experience. A variety of accommodations serve every need while guests discover signature dining by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Michael Mina and Ayesha Curry’s International Smoke Las Vegas, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill, Michelin three-star restaurant Joël Robuchon and Morimoto Las Vegas. In addition to a pampering spa and salon and an elaborate conference center with over 850,000 square feet of meeting space, the resort offers a wide-range of world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena; the epic KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; world-famous dance crew Jabbawockeez; master illusionist David Copperfield; Topgolf Las Vegas; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and Hakkasan Las Vegas. MGM Grand is owned by MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information and reservations, visit mgmgrand.com, call toll free at (877) 880-0880 or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Hunger Games: The Exhibition Launches Spring Break Offers

 

 STARTING THIS FRIDAY,
THE HUNGER GAMES: THE EXHIBITION AT MGM GRAND TO LAUNCH
SPRING BREAK OFFERS FOR VISITORS AND NEVADA RESIDENTS

Iconic costumes, including Effie Trinket’s purple ruffle dress from “The Hunger Games” blockbuster franchise, are featured throughout
The Hunger Games: The Exhibition at MGM Grand.
(File Photo Courtesy of Victory Hill Exhibitions)

Beginning this Friday, Feb. 28, The Hunger Games: The Exhibition, located at the MGM Grand and based on Lionsgate’s blockbuster film franchise The Hunger Games, will offer exclusive Spring Break offers on admission and retail.

From February 28 through April 30, 2020, all incoming visitors who buy one ticket will receive a second complimentary ticket with code SB2020* (a service fee applies to each ticket). In addition, the first 1,000 visitors will receive a 40 percent discount on retail with a $200 minimum purchase*. Among the distinctive items carried in the retail store are The Hunger Games: The Exhibition’s exclusive jewelry and accessories embellished with Swarovski crystals, as well as a cosmetics line featuring two Panem-inspired collections: The Capitol and Girl on Fire.

Nevada residents who visit from March 16 through March 22 and show a valid Nevada ID will receive complimentary admission using code LSB2020*; (service fees apply).

*Tickets are in limited quantity and subject to availability.  While supplies last.  Cannot be combined with any other discount or coupon.  Void where prohibited.

WHAT:
The Hunger Games: The Exhibition offers visitors a dynamic exploration of the world of Panem. Guests can see iconic costumes, props and set recreations in a visually stunning environment from Lionsgate’s record-setting cinematic series which grossed over $3 billion at the worldwide box office. Located inside MGM Grand, The Hunger Games: The Exhibition is one of the top Las Vegas attractions and features numerous inspirational galleries including the Hall of Justice, President Snow’s Office, the Tribute Train, District 13 and Beetee’s Lab, where guests are transformed into expert archers as they experience a 60-foot-wide interactive digital training center.

WHEN:
For incoming visitors: Feb. 28 through April 30
For Nevada residents: March 16 through 22

Open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

WHERE:
The Hunger Games: The Exhibition at MGM Grand
3799 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89109

TO PURCHASE TICKETS:
https://thehungergamesexhibition.com/

SOCIAL MEDIA:
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MGM Resorts Receives Distinguished 2020 Travel Accolades from Forbes Travel Guide and AAA

MGM Resorts Receives Distinguished

2020 Travel Accolades from Forbes Travel Guide and AAA

Committed to creating unparalleled luxury experiences around the world, MGM Resorts International has been recognized with prestigious awards from the globally renowned Forbes Travel Guide and American Automobile Association (AAA) for several hotels, spas and restaurants in Las Vegas and China.

This year, MGM Resorts received 10 Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star awards and three coveted AAA Five Diamond Awards.

“These accolades reflect our team’s commitment to delivering exceptional experiences throughout our portfolio of hotels, restaurants and spas,” said Bill Hornbuckle, President and COO of MGM Resorts International. “Our team members strive to exceed expectations with every opportunity they have. I am incredibly proud of their dedication and commitment and am thrilled to see it acknowledged with these prestigious distinctions.”

Forbes Five-Star Hotels

MGM Resorts International was recognized in 2020 with Five-Star ratings for ARIA Sky Suites for the eighth year in a row, SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand for 11 consecutive years and MGM Macau for the sixth time.

 

Reserved for the most outstanding properties, Forbes Five-Star accommodations must provide an extraordinary stay with virtually flawless service and amazing facilities. 

Forbes Five-Star Spas

The Spa at ARIA stays among the elite collection of Forbes Five-Star spas for the second year in a row along with The Spa at Vdara, which has earned a Five-Star rating for its fourth consecutive year. Additionally, Tria Spa at MGM Cotai and Tria Spa at MGM Macau both proudly join the roster of Forbes Five-Star spas for the first time.

 

To be considered for this award, Forbes Five-Star spas must provide an extraordinary experience from the moment guests book an appointment. This includes impeccable guest service as well as ensuring all amenities and public areas are in pristine condition.

Forbes Five-Star Restaurants

Continuing their excellence as Forbes Five-Star restaurants are Joël Robuchon Restaurant at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, as well as Le Cirque and Picasso, both at Bellagio Resort & Casino. Joël Robuchon Restaurant has achieved a Five-Star rating for 11 consecutive years, with Le Cirque and Picasso being recognized for four and seven years, respectively.

 

Restaurants earning a Forbes Five-Star rating go through a rigorous evaluation and training process and must reach the highest levels of service, including exquisite food and presentation. 

 

AAA Five Diamond Awards

AAA awarded MGM Resorts International three esteemed Five Diamond Awards for its resorts, celebrating phenomenal service and accommodations. Included in this prominent list are Bellagio Resort & Casino for the 19th consecutive year, ARIA Resort & Casino for the 10th consecutive year, and ARIA Sky Suites for the ninth consecutive year.  

 

Each year, AAA rates hotels across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean by conducting detailed, on-site hotel evaluations. Properties that meet the requirements to be AAA inspected and approved are assigned a rating of One to Five Diamonds.

 

 

About MGM Resorts International

MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is an S&P 500® global entertainment company with national and international locations featuring best-in-class hotels and casinos, state-of-the-art meetings and conference spaces, incredible live and theatrical entertainment experiences, and an extensive array of restaurant, nightlife and retail offerings. MGM Resorts creates immersive, iconic experiences through its suite of Las Vegas-inspired brands. The MGM Resorts portfolio encompasses 29 unique hotel and destination gaming offerings including some of the most recognizable resort brands in the industry. Expanding throughout the U.S. and around the world, the company recently acquired the operations of Empire City Casino in New York and Hard Rock Rocksino in Ohio, which was rebranded as MGM Northfield Park. In 2018, MGM Resorts opened MGM Springfield in Massachusetts, MGM COTAI in Macau, and the first Bellagio-branded hotel in Shanghai. The over 80,000 global employees of MGM Resorts are proud of their company for being recognized as one of FORTUNE® Magazine’s World’s Most Admired Companies®. For more information, visit us at mgmresorts.com.

Las Vegas Monorail to Offer CES Attendees Special Rates

 

LAS VEGAS MONORAIL TO OFFER CES ATTENDEES SPECIAL RATES

For the more than 180,000 expected International CES 2020, the Las Vegas Monorail provides the easiest, most convenient way for attendees and exhibitors to travel the Las Vegas Strip. Special, multi-ride fare prices just for CES delegates are available online here.

Skip parking fees, surge pricing and leave the headaches of traffic far below. Meanwhile, the Monorail allows for easy transit to and from delegates’ hotels, exploring the Strip on lunch breaks and for other get-togethers. The Las Vegas Convention Center, home to one of the system’s seven stations, is accessible in just minutes.

International CES attendees can also now download their Monorail pass directly to their Android or iOS enabled smartphone. With just a few clicks, Monorail customers can now purchase and save tickets using their credit and debit cards or PayPal account and save into Google Pay or their Apple wallet.

To purchase discounted Monorail tickets for International CES, go to https://tix.lvmonorail.com/CES2020.

ABOUT THE LAS VEGAS MONORAIL
The Las Vegas Monorail provides a quick and convenient connection along the Las Vegas Strip, linking riders to world-class restaurants, shows, shops, day/nightclubs, spas, hotels and casinos. In minutes, Monorail riders can travel the famous Las Vegas Strip in a safe, comfortable and clean environment – without the hassles of traffic or wasted time. Currently, the privately funded Monorail system includes seven stations: MGM Grand; Bally’s/Paris Las Vegas; Flamingo/Caesars Palace; Harrah’s/The LINQ; Las Vegas Convention Center; Westgate Resort & Casino and SAHARA Las Vegas. Las Vegas’ “green” public transportation choice, the Monorail’s electric trains are zero-emission vehicles. Hours of operation are Mondays, 7 a.m. to midnight; Tuesday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Friday through Sunday, 7 a.m. to 3 a.m. For more information on the Las Vegas Monorail or where to purchase tickets, call 866-4-MONORAIL (866-466-6672); visit www.LVMonorail.com or pick up a Monorail Magazine, available at all Monorail stations.

POOCHES AND PARENTS WILL BE BOW-WOWED WITH MGM RESORTS NEW DOG PROGRAM

 Pooches and Parents Will Be Bow-WOWEd with

MGM Resorts New Dog Program

A (p)awesome experience awaits all pooches as MGM Resorts International launches its new dog-friendly program across all of its Las Vegas properties as well as MGM Springfield (Mass.), Beau Rivage Resort & Casino (Biloxi, Miss.) and MGM Detroit. The expanded dog program introduces an elevated level of service for four-legged guests throughout their stay, allowing pet parents to take their furry friends on the road during the next family getaway.

Upon arrival, parents will receive complimentary treats for their canine with a map of relief areas as well as information on doggie concierge services and other amenities such as dog bowls and dog mats.

When Fido’s human companions are ready to enjoy the many experiences throughout MGM Resorts’ properties, they need not worry about leaving their pooch behind, with a selection of services including:

  • Check In and Check Up: A doggie concierge will check in on pups while guests are away and send a text message with photo confirmation. The cost for this service is $25.
  • Dog Walking: Each resort’s concierge is happy to arrange dog-walking services for Fido through a preferred service provider.

The MGM Resorts dog program is limited to two dogs per room with a maximum combined weight of less than 100 pounds. Dogs cannot be left unattended in rooms at any time unless placed in a kennel or carrier and must be fully housetrained. Outside of rooms or suites, dogs must always be kept on a leash.

Dog-friendly rooms and suites at MGM Resorts properties are available for an upgrade of $50-$175 per day, per dog, depending on the property and can be reserved by going to MGMResorts.com/dog or by calling 1.855.788.6775.

Dust off the Boots and Scoot into MGM Grand & Mandalay Bay During 2019 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo December 5 –14

 

Dust off the Boots and Scoot into
MGM Grand & Mandalay Bay During
2019 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo
December 5 –14


MGM Grand & Mandalay Bay Host Nightly Live Entertainment, Cowboy Appearances and More During Rodeo Celebration

 Dust off the cowboy boots and head to MGM Grand Hotel & Casino and Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Thursday, Dec. 5 – Saturday, Dec. 14 to experience all of the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo festivities. During the 10-day event, the resorts will host a variety of activations including nightly complimentary viewing parties, entertainment and cowboy signings.

 

MGM GRAND

Gold Buckle Zone

Rodeo fans can two-step down to the Gold Buckle Zone every night of the 10-day rodeo celebration. Located in The Central at MGM Grand, this space will turn into a country extravaganza from 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Admission is complimentary. Scheduled entertainment:

 

  • DJ Kirk
    One of the leading DJs in the Midwest, DJ Kirk is widely recognized for his improvisation and live remixes, creating the ultimate high-energy atmosphere.

    • Nightly performances from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Doublewide 
    The rockin’ country western show band Doublewide features members of the Boogie Knights band. One of Southern California’s premier country cover bands, this classic act combines the heart and soul of pop with classic country. Doublewide performs hits by artists including Big & Rich, Toby Keith, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson and Hank Williams Jr., among others.

    • Nightly performances begin at 9:15 p.m., 10:25 p.m. and 11:25 p.m.
  • Dee Jay Silver
    Multi-talented DJ, remixer and producer Dee Jay Silver has played premier venues in virtually every major market in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. Guests should prepare to dance along to his unique mash-ups and remixes from all music genres ranging from hip-hop and rock to house and country.

    • Nightly performances from midnight to 2 a.m.

2019 Home of the Champions Cowboys Autograph Sessions
MGM Grand is the official Home of the Champions, a group of elite athletes including 24-time World Champion Trevor Brazile, four-time World Champion Tuf Cooper and five-time World Champion Luke Branquinho. Additional athletes include five-time and reigning World Champion Bull Rider Sage Kimzey, three-time and reigning World Champion Bareback Rider Tim O’Connell, four-time World Champion Kaycee Field, two-time World Champion Brittany Pozzi, World Champion Junior Nogueira and saddle-bronc rider Bradley Harter.

 

Fans will have the opportunity to get up-close-and-personal with the champions when they stop by the MGM Grand Main Lobby to meet fans and sign autographs. Signing sessions are scheduled as follows:

 

  • MGM Grand Roster Cowboys
    • Friday, Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    • Friday, Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • WNFR Tie-Down Roping Contestants
    • Saturday, Dec. 7 from noon to 2 p.m.

Nightly Wrangler NFR Live Feed
MGM Grand will offer guests the opportunity to watch each NFR round live inside the David Copperfield Theater beginning at 5:45 p.m. Swing by and enjoy one of the city’s best rodeo viewing parties. Attendees can enter to win prizes from Wrangler and MGM Grand. Admission is complimentary and seating is first-come, first-served.

Rodney Carrington
Comedian and country artist Rodney Carrington returns to the David Copperfield Theater to make guests laugh their boots off December 5 – 14. Nightly performances start at 10 p.m. Tickets start at $59.99 (not including applicable service charges) and can be purchased at ticketmaster.com or at any MGM Resorts International box office.

MANDALAY BAY

Saddle up for a wild week of entertainment and shopping as Mandalay Bay welcomes the 2019 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) December 5 – 14.

ROPER Cowboy Marketplace

Shop ‘til you drop at the ROPER Cowboy Marketplace at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center from December 5 – 14. Cowboy Marketplace will host hundreds of vendors, allowing guests to maximize their western shopping experience daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cowboyville
Rhythm & Riffs Lounge inside Mandalay Bay will transform into “Cowboyville,” a rodeo party hotspot offering guests complimentary nightly NFR viewing parties and performances by country crooners. Scheduled entertainment:

 

  • Nashville Unplugged
    The intimate all-acoustic show gives songwriters of some of the biggest country music hits the opportunity to showcase their music and provide the stories behind their famous lyrics.

    • Performances are scheduled December 5 – 7; 12 – 14 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Wolf Creek
    The leading local country and rock band Wolf Creek boldly blends new-age country music with classic rock flair.

    • Performances are scheduled December 5 – 9 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Scotty Alexander Band
    Veteran singer, songwriter and recording artist Scotty Alexander is best-known for touring as
    the bandleader for many national acts including Neal McCoy and Wayne Newton.

    • Performances are scheduled December 10 – 14 from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

 

Mechanical Bull Riding at eyecandy sound lounge
Rodeo fans can head to eyecandy sound lounge to live out their dreams of being a professional bull rider and testing their skills on a mechanical bull. Admission is complimentary and seating is first-come, first-served.

Eli Young Band
Saddle up for an evening with GRAMMY-nominated country group Eli Young Band. The multi-platinum hitmakers are scheduled to perform Friday, Dec. 6 inside the House of Blues Music Hall. The performance is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $25 (not including applicable service charges) and can be purchased at the House of Blues Box Office or online at ticketmaster.com.

The Hunger Games: The Exhibition to Celebrate Halloween Season with $10 Locals Admission and Special Rate for Las Vegas Visitors October 18 through November 3

 

The Hunger Games: The Exhibition to Celebrate Halloween Season with $10 Locals Admission and Special Rate for Las Vegas Visitors October 18 through November 3

Join the Rebellion and Be Inspired by Some of Hollywood’s Most Creative Costume Designs at Las Vegas’ Newest Movie-Themed Attraction

 The Hunger Games: The Exhibition, based on Lionsgate’s blockbuster film franchise The Hunger Games, is inviting the community to celebrate the Halloween season with $10 admission for local residents (must show Nevada I.D.) and a special ticket rate of $20 for adults and $15 for children for out-of-state visitors from Friday, October 18 through Sunday, November 3. Service fees are included for both offers. Perfect for Halloween costume inspiration, guests have the chance to view some of Hollywood’s most expressive and authentic outfits from The Hunger Games.

A dynamic exploration of the world of Panem, The Hunger Games: The Exhibition highlights iconic costumes, genuine props, and set recreations from Lionsgate’s record-setting cinematic series in a visually stunning environment. It also features several exciting galleries including the Hall of Justice, President Snow’s Office, the Tribute Train, District 13, and a state-of-the art archery training experience set within a 60-foot wide interactive training center where guests can test their aim like Katniss Everdeen.

 

Located at MGM Grand, The Hunger Games: The Exhibition is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Priced at $35 for guests 12 and older, $25 for ages 4-11, and free for children under 3, the cost of entry includes a commemorative ticket and can be purchased at https://thehungergamesexhibition.com/ or at The Hunger Games: The Exhibition onsite box office. Service fees are additional. Group rates are available for parties of 10 or more. For more information, call (702) 410-9899 or email info@thehungergamesexhibition.com, visit https://thehungergamesexhibition.com/, or follow on Facebook at @HungerGamesExhibition, Instagram at @TheHungerGames or Twitter at @thehungergames.

 

Victory Hill Exhibitions:
Victory Hill Exhibitions is a subsidiary of Cityneon Holdings, and is an exhibition production company which strives to create interactive exhibits that attract visitors and have educational value. With 25 years of experience and cooperation with pioneers in technology from around the world, Victory Hill is able to create astounding interactive experiences, and can adapt based on our clients’ needs to satisfy each and every unique need.

 

Cityneon Holdings Pte. Ltd.
With its global reach and international partnerships, Cityneon has the capability to serve its clients anywhere in the world. Cityneon was listed on the Mainboard of the Singapore Stock Exchange since 2005, and was privatized on February 2019 by West Knighton Limited, a company wholly owned by Cityneon’s Executive Chairman and Group CEO Ron Tan together with Hong Kong veteran entrepreneur and investor Johnson Ko Chun Shun. Johnson is a capital markets veteran and has held controlling interests and directorships in many listed companies. In May 2019, Cityneon welcomed CITIC Capital as a new shareholder, who holds 10.36% shares in Cityneon. CITIC Capital is part of CITIC Group, one of China’s largest conglomerates, and has over US$25b of assets under its management across 100 funds and investment products globally. Most recently in August 2019, EDBI, a Singapore government-linked global investor, made a strategic investment in Cityneon to support the Group for further expansion globally. For more information, please visit www.cityneon.net.

 

Lionsgate
The first major new studio in decades, Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) is a global content leader whose films, television series, digital products and linear and over-the-top platforms reach next generation audiences around the world. In addition to its filmed entertainment leadership, Lionsgate content drives a growing presence in interactive and location-based entertainment, video games, esports and other new entertainment technologies. Lionsgate’s content initiatives are backed by a nearly 17,000-title film and television library and delivered through a global sales and distribution infrastructure. The Lionsgate brand is synonymous with original, daring and ground-breaking content created with special emphasis on the evolving patterns and diverse composition of the Company’s worldwide consumer base.

 

Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas to kick off Oktoberfest with celebrity keg tapper Cesar Millan, Friday, Sept. 13

Welcome to the dog Haus!
Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas to kick off Oktoberfest
with celebrity keg tapper Cesar Millan, Friday, Sept. 13

Millan is the first of a full Oktoberfest lineup of celebrity keg tappers

For one night only, Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas will become the dog Haus, as it welcomes world-renowned dog whisperer Cesar Millan as the first celebrity keg tapper of the Oktoberfest season on Friday, Sept. 13. Millan will kick off the season by tapping the first keg of Oktoberfestbier while revelers celebrate the grand opening of his limited-engagement residency Cesar Millan – My Story: Unleashed at the David Copperfield Theater inside MGM Grand.

Millan is the first of several celebrity keg tappers, who will be on hand every Friday and Saturday night throughout Oktoberfest to tap the keg, while guests enjoy stein-holding contests, live entertainment, bar games, prizes and more.

Fellow keg tappers include performers Frankie Moreno (Saturday, Sept. 14), FANTASY (Friday, Sept. 20), Jeff Civillico (Saturday, Sept. 21), Hans Klok (Friday, Sept. 27), Raiding the Rock Vault (Saturday, Sept. 28), Crazy Girls (Friday, Oct. 4), Rick Harrison (Saturday, Oct. 5), The Australian Bee Gees (Friday, Oct. 11), Anthony Cools (Saturday, Oct. 12), Chippendales (Friday, Oct. 18), Zowie Bowie (Saturday, Oct. 19), Murray SawChuck (Friday, Oct. 25) and Ricardo Laguna (Saturday, Oct. 26).

Come for the party and stay for the food! Before Oktoberfest had its own designated brew, taverns and eating houses, including the original Hofbräuhaus in Munich, served up delicious seasonal fare for guests to enjoy. Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas continues that time-honored tradition by offering daily Oktoberfest specials every day of the week.

Monday: Biergulasch (tender beef braised in goulash spices and HB dark beer)

Tuesday: Bier Bratl “Oktoberfest” (pork roast with onion beer gravy)

Wednesday: Oktoberfest Jägerhackbraten (homemade German-style meat loaf topped with creamy mushroom sauce, served with mashed potatoes, cucumber salad and garnished with crispy fried onions)

Thursday: HB Räucherplatte (an assortment of smoked Bavarian meats and sausages)

Friday: HB-Oktoberfest Rouladen (braised beef roll with bacon, onions and pickles) and Schweinshaxe (crispy pork shank)

Saturday: Schweinshaxe (crispy pork shank)

Sunday: Oktoberfest Schmankerl Tower (an assortment of Bavarian meat and poultry specials on a three-tiered tower)

Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas is the only place in Las Vegas where beer lovers can taste the same Oktoberfestbier that is served at the Oktoberfest in Munich. The full-bodied lager is brewed to perfection and sports a 6.3 percent alcohol by volume. Oktoberfestbier is imported from the same batches made for the Oktoberfest tent in Munich to Hofbräuhaus locations across the country. Luckily, partiers don’t need to go to Munich to enjoy this famous flavor. The Las Vegas location alone serves an average of 22,500 liters or 5,943 gallons per month.

Oktoberfest runs from Friday, Sept. 13 through Thursday, Oct. 31 and reservations are highly recommended. Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas is open daily from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays until midnight. To make a reservation, please call 702.853.BEER (2337) or visit HofbrauhausLasVegas.com.

About Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas
The Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas is the first German/Bavarian beer hall and restaurant in Las Vegas which creates a true Bavarian beer hall experience that is even more than a dining adventure. No ordinary restaurant, Hofbräuhaus Las Vegas is an energetic party daily, with authentic German bands, boisterous sing-alongs, dancing in the aisles and on the benches, and premium Hofbräu beer. From its hand-painted ceilings and live bands to its imported beer and delicious food, Bavarian hospitality abounds. Guests can savor schnitzel, sausages, sauerbraten, pretzels and so much more.

Now Open: MGM Grand Debuts Ambra Italian Kitchen + Bar

 

 

 

 

 

Now Open: MGM Grand Debuts Ambra Italian Kitchen + Bar

New Restaurant Features Classic Italian Cuisine, Artisanal Libations, Lively Atmosphere

Ambra Italian Kitchen + Bar is officially dishing up delicious food, refreshing cocktails and good vibes nightly at MGM Grand. The Strip’s newest restaurant blends classic Italian fare and craft cocktails with its colorful surroundings, creating a fun and convivial dinner experience. Ambra’s menu takes time-honored classics to the next level with vibrant flavors, avant-garde recipes and interactive presentations.


Food
Ambra embraces a simple, yet refined approach to food using conventional cooking methods and flavors found throughout different regions of Italy. Designed for sharing, the menu showcases an assortment of crudos and antipasti, housemade pastas, savory main courses and sweet desserts.

Highlights of Ambra’s menu include:

  • Shareable starters: The Ambra Tower is stacked with king crab, lobster tail, Wild Gulf shrimp, oysters and an assortment of scallop, salmon and tuna crudos. Additional offerings include the Prime Beef Tartare with truffle vinaigrette, walnuts and black garlic salsa and Meatballs al Forno, made with Wagyu beef and served on a bed of whipped Ricotta with a shaved Pecorino Romano finish.
  • Handcrafted Pasta: Italy’s flagship dish is taken to the next level with the Lobster Spaghetti made with squid ink pasta; a vegetarian Lasagna al Forno filled with mushroom ragu, Fontina cheese, basil pesto and black truffle; and the handmade Ravioli stuffed with Ricotta cheese and fennel pollen and garnished with parmigiano.
     
  • Traditional Entrees: Carved tableside, the 45 Day Dry-Age Tomahawk Ribeye  is served with charred lemon and roasted garlic. Additional specialties include the Wild Spanish Carbineros “Shrimp Scampi” sautéed with olive oil, garlic, parsley and lemon and the Whole Grilled Branzino, prepared on a wood-fired grill, complete with a salsa verde and charred lemon.
  • Dessert: Showstopping desserts include the Bellini, a combination of prosecco granita, blood orange sorbet, granola and cotton candy lit ablaze tableside, and a decadent Tiramisu layered with coffee-soaked ladyfingers and mascarpone cream, topped with cocoa powder, dark chocolate and edible gold.  

Beverage Program
Ambra offers two unique beverage experiences. Whether looking to grab a quick pre- or post-show cocktail or leisurely enjoy a libation while relaxing with friends, there are options to please any guest preference.  

  • Main Bar – Ambra’s main bar features a selection of signature cocktails, combining unique ingredients with playful presentations. Highlights include:
    • Senora’s Spritz: A play on the Italian aperitif, Ambra’s version adds Grey Goose Vodka to the familiar blend of Aperol, soda, prosecco and orange slices.
    • The Devil is in the Details: Cruzan Single Barrel, Pineau des Charentes, spiced Demerara syrup, coconut water and Angostura bitters are stirred and garnished with a toasted cinnamon stick for additional flavor and aromatics.  
    • Pera: A semi-sweet blend of Malfy Gin, St. George Spiced Pear Liqueur, lemon and Apple Pie Bitters, topped with Eric Bordelet Pear Cider and a foamy egg white cap for a smooth finish.
  • Privata -. The intimate speakeasy within Ambra is a relaxing reprieve offering guests a tour through years of beloved drinks beginning with the 1850 Sazerac, first created in New Orleans with cognac, Demerara, Peychaud’s bitters and an absinthe rinse, to the 1940 Margarita, originating in Mexico during the turn of the 20th century. Privata is an ode to liquid history with a menu highlighting cocktails that are simple yet intricate and refined.  The cocktail menu details the offerings chronologically including illustrations, recipes and historical information.

Design
Reminiscent of Milan at dusk, Ambra is adorned with warm jewel tones and rich earthy shades. The glow of the honey-golden onyx countertop creates a radiant centerpiece within the bar and lounge, while the splashes of color and contemporary furnishings throughout the dining room complement the upbeat music and sensual ambiance.

Privata is inspired by the luxury interior of an Italian sports cars. Sleek leathers, brown hues and a soothing fireplace make the setting warm and inviting to juxtapose with the main dining room’s vibrant, high-energy atmosphere.

Ambra Italian Kitchen + Bar opens nightly for dinner at 5 p.m. To make reservations, call the restaurant directly at 702-891-
7600 or visit MGM Grand’s website.

MGM Grand
MGM Grand Hotel & Casino is “The Entertainment Authority,” creating the ultimate Las Vegas experience.  A variety of accommodations serve every need while guests discover signature dining by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Michael Mina’s PUB 1842, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill, Michelin three-star restaurant Joël Robuchon and Morimoto Las Vegas. In addition to a pampering spa and salon and an elaborate conference center with over 850,000 square feet of meeting space, the resort offers a wide-range of world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena; the epic KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; world-famous dance crew Jabbawockeez; master illusionist David Copperfield; Topgolf Las Vegas; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and Hakkasan Las Vegas. MGM Grand owned by MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information and reservations, visit mgmgrand.com, call toll free at (877) 880-0880 or find us on Facebook and Twitter

Andrea Bocelli Announces December 2019 USA Tour Dates; Las Vegas Stop Scheduled at MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday, Dec. 7

 

Andrea Bocelli Announces December 2019 USA Tour Dates;
Las Vegas Stop Scheduled at MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday, Dec. 7

TICKET SALES BEGIN MONDAY, MARCH 25 FOR ALL SHOWS

 

Legendary tenor Andrea Bocelli announced today his December 2019 tour with stops in Las Vegas, San Diego, San Antonio, Houston, Columbus, Washington, D.C. and New York City. The December 2019 tour also brings Bocelli to San Antonio, Texas for his first arena performance set at the AT&T Center, to Columbus, Ohio for the first time in nearly a decade, and for the third year in a row, he will take the stage for two back-to-back performances at Madison Square Garden in New York City to end his 2019 run. The Houston Symphony will join Andrea for his performance at the Toyota Center and the Columbus Symphony will also be accompanying him at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio.

 

TICKET INFORMATION

As the official credit card for the pre-sale, Citi card members will have exclusive access to purchase presale tickets beginning on Monday, March 25 at 10am local time. Pre-sale tickets will be available through Citi Private Pass. For complete details, please visit www.citientertainment.com.

 

General ticket on-sale will begin on Monday, April 1 at 10am local time. Please visit www.AndreaBocelli.com for additional ticket information.

 

This year, The Tour and the Andrea Bocelli Foundation are proud to partner with PLUS1, an innovative platform that aims to drive social change and catalyze cultural momentum toward equity, dignity, and access for all. For every ticket sold, $1 will go to support the “Voices of Haiti” Project, giving children from the most vulnerable areas of Port Au Prince the chance to escape violence and poverty and express their true potential.  For more information, please visit   www.plus1.org  or www.andreabocellifoundation.org.

 

ANDREA BOCELLI 2019 DECEMBER TOUR
Date City Venue General On Sale Date
Saturday, December 7th Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena April 1st
Sunday, December 8th San Diego, CA Pechanga Arena April 1st
Wednesday, December 11th San Antonio, TX AT&T Center April 1st
Thursday, December 12th Houston, TX Toyota Center April 1st
Saturday, December 14th Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center April 1st
Sunday, December 15th Washington DC Capital One Arena April 1st
Wednesday, December 18th New York, NY Madison Square Garden April 1st
Thursday, December 19th New York, NY Madison Square Garden April 1st

 

As an extra bonus for fans, for the entire month of March, PBS stations nationwide will air a brand new special entitled “Bocelli @ 60.”  The televised special is a celebration of Bocelli’s 60th birthday which spotlights the tenor’s legendary career with a program featuring many of his classic arias spectacularly staged at Italy’s “Arena di Verona.” Additionally, the program features songs off his latest Billboard topping album “Si,” performed at the picturesque Italian coastal town of Porto Venere with a very special performance of his hit single “Fall On Me,” performed alongside his son, Matteo Bocelli.  Check local listings for airdates and times.

 

Produced and presented by Gelb Productions, LLC www.gelbpro.com

THE PARK WELCOMES BACK OF HOUSE BRAWL TO LAS VEGAS STRIP

 

THE PARK WELCOMES BACK OF HOUSE BRAWL TO LAS VEGAS STRIP
2019 Season to Include Six Culinary Competitions; Stellar Chef Lineup

 

Back of House Brawl, Las Vegas’ most popular food truck cooking competition series, will make its debut March 23 at The Park, The Strip’s premier outdoor gathering destination. The late-night foodie event will pair some of the city’s most talented chefs in a battle to create two unique dishes, using secret ingredients delivered moments before the race begins, with only 30 minutes on the clock. Admission to all Back of House Brawl events is complimentary and open to the public. 

The fun afterhours event features two teams, each comprised of one chef from a Strip restaurant and a partner from an off-Strip venue. The duos will present their collaborative creations to a panel of judges – Iron Chef Michael Symon; Reigning Back of House Brawl Champion and Chef de Cuisine John Courtney of The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas; and VEGAS Magazine Editor-in-Chief Emmy Kasten. The winning team will move on to the championship round November 16.

“Back of House Brawl has become a Las Vegas culinary scene institution, bringing locals together to eat, drink and socialize since its conception in 2011,” said Back of House Brawl Creator Jolene Mannina. “We are excited to bring the series to The Strip and share the incredible talent of our local culinary community with visitors.”

Executive Director of The Park Crystal Robinson said, “The addition of Back of House Brawl to our monthly event lineup reinforces our mission to create a social gathering space for locals and tourists alike. Our vibrant, outdoor setting offers the ideal location for the event’s late-night festivities.” 

All Back of House Brawl events will begin at 9 p.m. with drinks and bites available for purchase from popular food truck vendors such as Truk-N-Yaki, Boqueria Street, Stripchezze and Cousins Maine Lobster. At midnight, spectators can catch a battle between resident mixologists as they put their skills to the test to create the best cocktail, followed by the 1 a.m. Back of House Brawl competition. 

The full 2019 season schedule features:

March 23: 
Josh Smith (BARDOT Brasserie at ARIA)
Justin Kingsley Hall (formerly of Kitchen at Atomic)
vs.
Emily Brubaker (Michael’s Gourmet Pantry)
Jennifer Murphy (Gordon Ramsey Hell’s Kitchen)

April 20: 
Chris Conlon (Hakkasan Las Vegas at MGM Grand)
Geno Bernardo (SUMMIT Club)
vs.
Oscar Amador (EDO Gastro Tapas & Wine)

Alex Pitts (Bazaar Meat by José Andrés)

May 18:
Joseph Cadina (Michael Mina Bellagio)

Joseph Mosconi (DW Bistro)
vs.
Scott Green (Golden Entertainment)

Pawan Pinisetti (Top of the World)

September 14:
Sean Farney (ARIA)

Kaoru “Aze” Azeuchi (Kaiseki Yuzu)
vs.
Brian Howard (Sparrow and Wolf)

Shaun King (formerly of Momofuku)

October 19: 
Sean Griffin (Jean Georges Steakhouse at ARIA)
Ralph Perrazzo (bBd’s)
vs.
James Trees (Esther’s Kitchen)

Johnny Church (formerly of Golden Entertainment)

November 16:   Championship

Guests looking to continue the fun at the conclusion of each Back of House Brawl event can visit On The Record, Park MGM’s nightclub and speakeasy, for complimentary admission with valid local ID. 

 

THE PARK
An eclectic blend of restaurants, bars and entertainment tucked into rich desert landscaping, The Park is a central gathering place on The Strip’s west side. Visitors can enjoy exciting restaurants such as the popular Californian waffle house Bruxie; New York fan-favorite burger joint Shake Shack; much-loved California Pizza Kitchen; or theatrical hotspot Sake Rok while beverage enthusiasts can indulge in spirits, beers and bites at Beerhaus. Designed with sustainability in mind, The Park’s restaurant corridor recently earned LEED® Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The Park is owned by MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information, visit theparkvegas.com.

MGM Resorts International Celebrates the Year of The Pig with Lion Dances, Culinary Specialties and Vibrant Displays

MGM Resorts International Celebrates the Year of The Pig with
Lion Dances, Culinary Specialties and Vibrant Displays Throughout Bellagio, ARIA, MGM Grand and Park MGM

MGM Resorts International is celebrating Lunar New Year 2019, the Year of the Pig, with festive dragon and lion dances, spectacular displays and authentic cuisine at a variety of restaurants. 

According to Chinese culture, the pig is the 12th animal in the Zodiac and serves as a symbol of wealth, honesty and general prosperity. Individuals born in the Year of the Pig are known to be hardworking, compassionate and generous. They are ambitious and have a strong sense of responsibility to always achieve their goals. 

Dragon & Lion Dances

New information

Dynamic and colorful dragon and lion dances will commemorate the Year of the Pig at Bellagio, ARIA, MGM Grand and Park MGM:

  • MGM Grand – Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 4 p.m. inside the main lobby with a processional through the casino.
  • PARK MGM – Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. inside Eataly with a processional through the casino into the hotel lobby.
  • Bellagio – Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 4 p.m. at the main porte cochere with a processional through the casino.
  • ARIA – Thursday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the main valet with a processional through the casino. A special performance by Las Vegas’ Green Valley Ranch Marching Band will open the ceremony at 6 p.m.

Yau Kung Moon will perform the Chinese dragon and lion dances at all three resorts in a traditional Southern Shaolin Kung Fu system with a modern flair. Southern Shaolin Kung Fu is a collection of martial arts with more than 1,000 years of history. Yau Kung Moon, which translates to “Style of Flexible Power,” is one of the world’s most respected martial arts, dragon and lion dance organizations. Known for its trademark gold uniforms and innovative routines, Yau Kung Moon has been recognized internationally for being the first U.S. team to compete in the 1990 Invitational World Lion Dance Festival in Malaysia. 

Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens celebrates the Year of the Pig with a captivating display envisioned by renowned designer Ed Libby in collaboration with the Bellagio Horticulture team and Feng Shui Master George Yau. The gardens radiate hues of red and gold with 32,000 flowers, silk-lantern chandeliers and a family of pigs as the centerpiece.

Four happy, golden pigs welcome guests as they enter the Conservatory through breathtaking 20-foot jade medallions. Regarded as one of the most valuable and precious stones in Asian culture, jade signifies wisdom, bravery and honesty. Five pendants crown the top of the pavilion, each decorated with a gilded dragon.

A family of pigs capture visitors’ attention as they walk through the entryway surrounded by the riches of nature. Nine piglets are seen frolicking through fields of fruit and corn. Nearby, the North Bed depicts notable landmarks of Macau, including the Golden Lotus sculpture. The original sculpture marks the return of the sovereignty of Macau to China, marking its 20th anniversary this year. Across the gardens, a 32-foot tall replica of the Temple of Six Banyan Trees, a Buddhist temple in Guangzhou, China, towers over the South Garden closely guarded by two Chinese Fu Dogs. Giant red lanterns strung with fire crackers brighten the gardens overhead while koi fish swim in the tranquil pond below.

The Conservatory is complimentary and open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Lunar New Year display is open now through March 9.

ARIA

New information

ARIA’s main lobby is adorned in celebratory décor to honor the Year of the Pig.

Three Chinese Deities: Fuk, Luk and Sau, greet guests upon check-in at ARIA’s front desk. The deities personify the important aspirations of mankind: happiness, wealth and longevity.

A 196-foot dragon hangs from the lobby’s ceiling, weaving its way around a spectacular money tree made up of 88 golden coins symbolizing wealth and good fortune. Pigs surround the base of the tree.

Throughout the resort, guests encounter more than 50 spectacular floral arrangements, kumquat citrus trees with lucky money envelopes, a nine-foot pig covered in vibrant floral near the Baccarat Lounge and a special Buddha garden at North Valet.

MGM Grand

New information

MGM Grand’s main lobby recently transformed into a Lunar New Year spectacle with vibrant displays of eye-catching floral décor and playful panda bears surrounding the resort’s iconic lion. Custom filigree arches with Year of the Pig medallions also hang between the lobby’s columns. Throughout the resort, guests can enjoy cherry blossom trees, vibrant lanterns, kumquat bushes adorned with handcrafted Chinese art and dimensional Fuk symbols offering blessings of good luck, health and happiness.

Culinary Specialties

New information

Select MGM Resorts International restaurants are honoring the Year of the Pig with festive menus and specials. Highlights include Premier X.O. Rice with Lobster at Noodles at Bellagio, Braised Sea Cucumber at Jasmine at Bellagio, Braised Whole Abalone at Lemongrass at ARIA, Brittany Blue Lobster Sashimi at Morimoto Las Vegas at MGM Grand, Sweet Rice Chicken at Noodle Shop at Mandalay Bay and Chinese Roast Pork Belly at Rice and Company at Luxor. For complete menus click here.

  • China Tang
    • From February 3-10, China Tang will offer a special “4 Hands” Chinese New Year dinner menu, along with additional dim sum lunch offerings, in celebration of the Year of the Pig. Created in collaboration by China Tang Executive Chef Larry Ng and Lai Sun Group Corporate Chef Albert Au Kwokkeung, the a la carte “4 Hands” menu will be available from 4 p.m. – midnight and will feature authentic dishes such as Crab Meat Pomelo Mango Salad, Crispy Chicken with Spring Onion, Stir-Fried Lobster and more. Additional dim sum offerings will be available during lunch service from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
    • In addition to the collaborative feast, MGM Grand’s Pastry Team will showcase two miniature replica chocolate sculptures of the Chinese New Year pig located at the bar.

MGM Resorts International Celebrates the Year of The Pig with Lion Dances and Vibrant Displays

 

MGM Resorts International Celebrates the Year of The Pig with
Lion Dances and Vibrant Displays Throughout
Bellagio, ARIA and MGM Grand

 MGM Resorts International is celebrating Lunar New Year 2019, the Year of the Pig, with festive dragon and lion dances, spectacular displays and authentic cuisine at a variety of restaurants.

According to Chinese culture, the pig is the 12th animal in the Zodiac and serves as a symbol of wealth, honesty and general prosperity. Individuals born in the Year of the Pig are known to be hardworking, compassionate and generous. They are ambitious and have a strong sense of responsibility to always achieve their goals.

Dragon & Lion Dances

Dynamic and colorful dragon and lion dances will commemorate the Year of the Pig at Bellagio, ARIA and MGM Grand:

  • MGM GrandTuesday, Feb. 5 at 4 p.m. inside the main lobby with a processional through the casino.
  • Bellagio – Wednesday, Feb. 6 at 4 p.m. at the main porte cochere with a processional through the casino.
  • ARIA – Thursday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the main valet with a processional through the casino.
    Yau Kung Moon will perform the Chinese dragon and lion dances at all three resorts in a traditional Southern Shaolin Kung Fu system with a modern flair. Southern Shaolin Kung Fu is a collection of martial arts with more than 1,000 years of history. Yau Kung Moon, which translates to “Style of Flexible Power,” is one of the world’s most respected martial arts, dragon and lion dance organizations. Known for its trademark gold uniforms and innovative routines, Yau Kung Moon has been recognized internationally for being the first U.S. team to compete in the 1990 Invitational World Lion Dance Festival in Malaysia.

Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens

Bellagio’s Conservatory & Botanical Gardens celebrates the Year of the Pig with a captivating display envisioned by renowned designer Ed Libby in collaboration with the Bellagio Horticulture team and Feng Shui Master George Yau. The gardens radiate hues of red and gold with 32,000 flowers, silk-lantern chandeliers and a family of pigs as the centerpiece.

Four happy, golden pigs welcome guests as they enter the Conservatory through breathtaking 20-foot jade medallions. Regarded as one of the most valuable and precious stones in Asian culture, jade signifies wisdom, bravery and honesty. Five pendants crown the top of the pavilion, each decorated with a gilded dragon.

A family of pigs capture visitors’ attention as they walk through the entryway surrounded by the riches of nature. Nine piglets are seen frolicking through fields of fruit and corn. Nearby, the North Bed depicts notable landmarks of Macau, including the Golden Lotus sculpture. The original sculpture marks the return of the sovereignty of Macau to China, marking its 20th anniversary this year. Across the gardens, a 32-foot tall replica of the Temple of Six Banyan Trees, a Buddhist temple in Guangzhou, China, towers over the South Garden closely guarded by two Chinese Fu Dogs. Giant red lanterns strung with fire crackers brighten the gardens overhead while koi fish swim in the tranquil pond below.

The Conservatory is complimentary and open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Lunar New Year display is open now through March 9.

 

ARIA

Beginning Friday, Jan. 25, ARIA’s main lobby will be adorned in celebratory décor to honor the Year of the Pig.

Three Chinese Deities: Fuk, Luk and Sau, will greet guests upon check-in at ARIA’s front desk. The deities personify the important aspirations of mankind: happiness, wealth and longevity.

A 196-foot dragon will hang from the lobby’s ceiling, weaving its way around a spectacular money tree made up of 88 golden coins symbolizing wealth and good fortune. Pigs will surround the base of the tree.

Throughout the resort, guests also will encounter more than 50 spectacular floral arrangements, kumquat citrus trees with lucky money envelopes, a nine-foot pig covered in vibrant floral near the Baccarat Lounge and a special Buddha garden at North Valet.

MGM Grand

MGM Grand’s main lobby recently transformed into a Lunar New Year spectacle with vibrant displays of eye-catching floral décor surrounding the resort’s iconic lion. Custom filigree arches with Year of the Pig medallions also hang between the lobby’s columns while playful panda bears greet guests on the banks of the front desk.

Culinary Specialties

Select MGM Resorts International restaurants are honoring the Year of the Pig with festive menus and specials. Highlights include Braised Whole Abalone at Lemongrass at ARIA, Brittany Blue Lobster Sashimi at Morimoto Las Vegas at MGM Grand and Chinese Roast Pork Belly at Rice and Company at Luxor.

MGM Grand Welcomes Iron Chef Morimoto’s Momosan Ramen & Sake Pop-Up Series Jan. 23-26

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IRON CHEF MORIMOTO BRINGS MOMOSAN RAMEN & SAKE
POP-UP SERIES TO MGM GRAND JAN. 23-26
 

 

Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto will introduce his celebrated ramen restaurant Momosan Ramen & Sake through a series of pop-up dinner experiences January 23-26 at his eponymous restaurant at MGM Grand. Guests can enjoy a taste of the ramen-forward concept through an exclusive a la carte menu, available only in the Morimoto lounge. Momosan, a nickname of Chef Morimoto, debuted in New York City in 2016 to consumer and critical acclaim and long lines.

“Momosan pays homage to my childhood in Hiroshima, where I developed an early love of noodles,” said Iron Chef Morimoto. “While ramen is our focus, we also feature a variety of other traditional and contemporary Japanese-inspired comfort foods.  I’m honored to share one of my favorite and most personal culinary projects with MGM Grand’s guests and visitors.”

Momosan Ramen & Sake menu highlights will include: 

  • Tokyo Chicken Ramen: Soy-marinated chicken in a creamy chicken broth, topped with menma, kikurage, aji-tama, nori and scallion, drizzled with soy tare
  • Momosan Tonkotsu: Pork chashu in a traditional, thick broth prepared with aji-tama, takana, kikurage, scallion and toasted nori, finished with garlic oil and soy tare
  • Soft Shell Bao: Crispy softshell crab with pickled cucumber and mustard mayo inside a bao bun
  • Gyudon: Thin beef belly with onion, dashi soy and pickled ginger served over rice
  • Crispy Mimiga: Japanese fried pig ear seasoned with shichimi and sake; served with a side of Japanese mayo

The pop-up dining experiences will be available in the Morimoto lounge daily January 23-26 beginning at 4 p.m. For more information or to make a reservation, visit MGM Grand online.

Momosan Ramen & Sake is in New York City and inside the Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach with a third location opening this summer in Seattle’s International District.

 

MGM GRAND
MGM Grand Hotel & Casino is “The Entertainment Authority,” creating the ultimate Las Vegas experience.  A variety of accommodations serve every need while guests discover signature dining by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Michael Mina’s PUB 1842, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill, Michelin three star restaurant Joël Robuchon and Morimoto Las Vegas. In addition to a pampering spa and salon and an elaborate conference center with over 850,000-square-feet of meeting space, the resort offers a wide-range of world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena; the epic KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; world-famous dance crew Jabbawockeez; master illusionist David Copperfield; Topgolf Las Vegas; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and Hakkasan Las Vegas. MGM Grand owned by MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information and reservations, visit mgmgrand.com, call toll free at (877) 880-0880 or find us on Facebook and Twitter or follow our blog.

Masaharu Morimoto
Chef Masaharu Morimoto — known to millions as the star of Iron Chef and Iron Chef America — has garnered critical and popular acclaim for his seamless integration of Western and Japanese ingredients.  Since 1998, Morimoto has competed on the Japanese television show, Iron Chef and also appears on the Food Network’s Iron Chef America. In 2001, Chef Morimoto opened his first restaurant in Philadelphia, which was later followed by restaurants in New York, Napa, Honolulu, Boca Raton, Mumbai, New Delhi, Mexico City, Tokyo and Maui.  Morimoto Asia Orlando at Disney Springs opened in 2015, followed by Momosan Ramen and Sake NYC and Morimoto Las Vegas at MGM Grand in 2016.  Morimoto Asia Waikiki, Momosan Waikiki, Morimoto Dubai and Morimoto Doha opened in 2018, bringing his global restaurant count to 16.  Momosan Seattle was announced in the summer of 2018 and expects to open in 2019.  His first cookbook, Morimoto: The New Art of Japanese Cooking (2007), won two IACP awards (in the “Chef’s and Restaurants” category and the “First Book: The Julia Child Award”) and it was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award. His second cookbook, Mastering The Art of Japanese Cooking (2017), introduces readers to the healthy, flavorful, surprisingly simple dishes favored by Japanese home cooks. Chef Morimoto also has a variety of signature products including Miyabi Morimoto Edition knives, a line of beer in partnership with Rogue, signature wine Morimoto Cabernet Sauvignon by Mondavi and two lines of premium sake, including his convenient Easy Cup, a resealable on-the-go product perfect for parties and backyard BBQs. Keep up with Chef Morimoto via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter or www.ironchefmorimoto.com.

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL AND BLUE MAN GROUP PERFORM ON ICE DURING TWO INTERMISSION PERFORMANCES AT VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS GAME, DEC. 22

 

 

 

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL AND BLUE MAN GROUP PERFORM ON ICE DURING TWO INTERMISSION PERFORMANCES AT VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS GAME, DEC. 22

 

 On Saturday, Dec. 22, Cirque du Soleil and Blue Man Group will bring their imaginative acts to the T-Mobile Arena as they perform on ice during two intermission breaks at the Vegas Golden Knights game against the Montreal Canadiens. Before the intermission performances and to mark the start of the game, audience members can enjoy the Canadian National Anthem serenaded by Rochelle Collins, regularly seen on stage at KÀ at MGM Grand.

 

During the first intermission, 25 cast members of the fan-favorite resident show KÀ, will dazzle the audience as they rappel from the ceiling cascading to the ice. Drawing inspiration from KÀ’s theme, a theatric battle will take place between the imperial court and the chief archer and his spearmen when the court’s festivities are interrupted.

 

For the second intermission performance, Blue Man Group will awe audience members with a one-of-a-kind musical performance of Creature Feature, an exclusive piece found only in their Las Vegas production. Featuring electrifying sounds made with unexpected instruments, like the Percussipedes and the Chimeulum, Creature Feature will conclude with a unique tribal drumming experience that only the Blue Men can create.

 

To begin the day with a full-service Cirque du Soleil experience, those attending the game can enjoy KÀ and Blue Man Group virtual reality experiences on the plaza ahead of the game and pose for photos with interactive billboards as a backdrop.

 

For more information, show availability and to purchase tickets, please visit cirquedusoleil.com.

 

 

ABOUT CIRQUE DU SOLEIL®

 

From a group of 20 street performers at its beginnings in 1984, Cirque du Soleil is now a major Quebec-based organization providing high-quality artistic entertainment. The company has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,400 performing artists from close to 50 different countries.  Cirque du Soleil has brought wonder and delight to more than 190 million spectators in 450 cities in 60 countries on six continents.

 

In Las Vegas, Cirque du Soleil has six permanent resident shows. These productions include Mystère at Treasure Island, “O” at Bellagio Resort & Casino, Zumanity at New York-New York Hotel & Casino, KÀ at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, The Beatles™ LOVE™ at The Mirage Hotel & Casino, and Michael Jackson ONE at Mandalay Bay.

 

For more information, visit the Cirque du Soleil website at https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/las-vegas. Like us on Facebook or Tweet us: @Cirque.

 

 

ABOUT BLUE MAN GROUP LAS VEGAS

International entertainment phenomenon Blue Man Group has returned to Luxor Hotel and Casino where they first took Las Vegas by storm. The Blue Man Theater has been custom designed for the ideal Blue Man Group experience with audiences closer to the action than ever before.

 

Blue Man Productions is a global entertainment company best known for the award-winning Blue Man Group show, performed in over 20 countries and seen by more than 35 million people worldwide since 1991. A dynamic combination of art, music, comedy and technology, the show’s euphoric celebration of human connection has universal appeal for a broad range of age groups and cultural backgrounds. The show is continually refreshed with new music, fresh stories, custom instruments and state-of-the-art technology. Blue Man Group has permanent theatrical productions in New York, Las Vegas, Boston, Chicago, Orlando, Berlin and a World Tour.

 

This creative collective has become part of the pop culture zeitgeist. Blue Man Group has served as the face of branding campaigns for Intel and TIM/Brasil and appeared countless times on hit shows like “The Tonight Show,” “Arrested Development,” “Ellen,” “Schlag den Raab” (Germany), “WOWOW” (Japan), and “Caldeirão do Huck” (Brasil).

 

Beyond the stage show, they are Grammy-nominated recording artists, known for their contributions to various film and TV scores and multiple Blue Man Group albums, including their most recent, THREE.  Their “Megastar World Tour” rock concert parody played arenas across the globe. The group’s recently published first-ever book, Blue Man World, is a visually stunning anthropological exploration of the curious bald and blue character.