New Las Vegas Events Arena Proposed




Anthony Curtis’ nationally syndicated weekly column.

May 19, 2010

Yet another sports/entertainment arena has been proposed for Las Vegas, this one right on the Strip on the vacant 27-acre parcel where Wet ‘n’ Wild used to be. The 20,000-seat Silver State Arena would cost $750 million and is the plan of the same Texas-based developer who attemptedto build the world’s tallest building at the same location a couple of years ago. This makes four events arena proposals now pending, including a project slated for downtown, one just east of center Strip, and a third on the far south end of the Strip. The process for choosing which one will get the necessary permissions to be built is underway.

Players’ Buffet: On Mondays through Fridays in May, you can get a free lunch buffet at M Resort by earning 300 club points on slots or 850 on video poker. That equates with about an hour of play on 25¢ video poker, and you can earn a dinner buffet with a little more play. Many rate the M’s buffets as Las Vegas’ best.

Strip Dogs: A little stand in front of the Riviera sells Chicago-style dogs for $3.75 and Polish dogs with chips for $5. The dogs come with mustard, sauteed onions, and peppers at no extra charge and hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.

Late-Night: From midnight to 6 a.m. in the Victorian Room at Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall, a bone-in ham and eggs is $2.99. And during the same hours, the Burger Joint Sports Bar at the Flamingo sells a good burger & fries for $2.

Question: In an earlier column, you wrote that Steve Wynn’s pay package totaled $8.39 million last year. Is that the most that any of the casino honchos makes?

Answer: Last year Wynn’s pay was more than the Venetian’s Sheldon Adelson, who made $5.58 million, but well below that of MGM Mirage’s Jim Murren, who had a $13.75 million year. CEO compensation changes from year-to-year, depending on the fortunes of each company.

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