Even with all the summer happenings at US casinos nationwide, there’s no arguing Las Vegas is still a major hub. Like any other month, there is plenty to talk about.
As we head into August, hot topics include football season, new concert announcements and major changes within Vegas casinos.
Sports in Las Vegas this August
The Las Vegas Raiders are participating in the first preseason game of the year on Aug. 4 in Canton, OH. After the Hall of Fame Game against the Jaguars, the Raiders come back to Las Vegas to play two preseason games at Allegiant Stadium:
Aug. 14 – Las Vegas Raiders Vs. Minnesota Vikings
Aug. 26 – Las Vegas Raiders Vs. New England Patriots
The UNLV Rebels kick off their football season against the Idaho State Bengals on Aug. 27 at Allegiant Stadium.
Tickets to Raiders games are the most expensive in the NFL. Anyone that is a fan of visiting new stadiums might want to consider going to a UNLV game. There’s less demand for tickets and the prices are a small portion of the ones for concerts and Raiders games.
While football season begins in August, the WNBA season is coming to an end. The Las Vegas Aces have already clinched a playoff spot and have three regular-season games remaining this month. The Aces will play games on Aug. 9, 11 and 14 at Mandalay Bay.
Since we’re looking at sports, the NHL released schedules for the next season. The Vegas Golden Knights season begins in October but you can use their official schedule to start planning to see your favorite hockey team in Las Vegas now.
Rumor is that Floyd Mayweather and Connor MacGreggor are discussing another fight. This would be a rematch of their boxing match in 2017. The deal is not done so there’s no official date or venue to announce yet.
Last and least, Las Vegas will have an XFL team when the league launches next year. The team doesn’t have a name or venue yet, although games will likely take place at Allegiant Stadium.
Dine inside the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Bellagio recently announced The Garden Table. For the first time ever, guests can have dinner or brunch inside the beautiful Conservatory and Botanical Gardens.
The Garden Table seats up to six people and is located at the center of the “Jungle of Dreams” display. The summer exhibit features 28 animal sculptures and approximately 10,000 plants and flowers.
Dinner is available Wednesday – Sunday from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Michael Mina provides the $250 per person five-course pre-fixe dinner menu.
Brunch is available from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. daily. Sadelles provides the light brunch menu for $75 per person.
While pricey, this can be another “Only In Vegas” moment that won’t be around forever.
Las Vegas residencies today and tomorrow
This is a month where the news about upcoming Las Vegas residencies dwarfs what’s in casinos today.
Adele finally confirmed the rescheduling of her Las Vegas residency. Her shows at Caesars Palace will begin on Nov. 18 and run through March 2023.
There are eight new shows along with 24 rescheduled shows. You can see a full list of “Weekend With Adele” shows at Caesars Palace here.
Just a heads up, ticket prices for Adele on the secondary market are out of control. As of the writing of this article, the least expensive ticket on StubHub was $650. Most “get in” prices for Adele shows are $1,000. The prices will change with demand.
Billboard is reporting that U2 will be the first resident artist at The MSG Sphere at The Venetian. The venue is still under construction and is scheduled to open in the second half of 2023.
There are no dates yet but U2 shows at the 20,000-capacity venue will be spread out over months with no shows on consecutive nights. Expect to hear more when the venue and band confirm this news.
Here’s a quick look at the August Las Vegas residencies:
Katy Perry at Resorts World: Aug. 3, 5, 6, 10, 12, 13
Silk Sonic at Park MGM: Aug. 3, 5, 6, 10, 12, 13, 16, 18, & 19
John Legend at Planet Hollywood: Aug. 5, 6, 10, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20
Lionel Richie at Wynn: Aug. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20
Shania Twain at Planet Hollywood: Aug. 26, 27, 31
Usher at Park MGM: Aug. 26, 27, 31
One of the unique music festivals in Las Vegas this year takes place at Resorts World from Aug. 8 through 19. Psycho Las Vegas will have a diverse array of performances from everything from Wu-Tang Clan members to the heaviest of metal bands.
WSOP wraps up its first year at Paris and Bally’s
By all accounts, the first year of the World Series Of Poker (WSOP) on the Vegas Strip was successful for all. Players enjoyed the event while the WSOP Main Event had 8,662 players. This was the second-largest WSOP Main Event field in the history of the poker tournament.
The WSOP Main Event produced eight millionaires. Norway’s Espen Jorstad won the $10,000 buy-in tournament and the $10 million first place prize.
This was the first time the WSOP took place on the Vegas Strip. The event split time between Paris Las Vegas and Bally’s.
The latter is undergoing a major transformation. Bally’s will become Horseshoe Las Vegas before the year is over. The Bally’s sportsbook closed earlier this year. According to PlayNevada, the space will be used for The Arcade at Horseshoe when renovations are completed.
The Bally’s sportsbook will be relocated in some form to a new Guy Fieri restaurant and bar. Specific details haven’t been released yet.
Caesars is currently renovating the sportsbook inside Paris. Earlier this summer Caesars re-opened a refreshed Harrah’s sportsbook.
Las Vegas casino and hotel news and rumors
Late last year, Hard Rock International purchased The Mirage from MGM Resorts. The sale is expected to close by the end of this year.
When the deal was announced, Hard Rock said it plans to rebrand the entire casino and build a guitar-shaped hotel tower on the former Mirage site. The company hasn’t officially revealed specific plans or a timeline for any changes to the property.
There have been plenty of rumors about what else Hard Rock has in mind for the property after the deal closes. It appears as though “The Beatles Love” by Cirque Du Soliel will remain at the property through 2023. If true, this would mean that The Mirage/Hard Rock will likely remain open during renovations and construction.
At the end of a recent press release, the company mentions Hard Rock will open in 2025.
Rumors about the future of The Mirage and Hard Rock should continue to flow until the company closes the purchase of the property.
Station Casinos has been very active in the past month. In early July, Station Casinos revealed it was building a casino-only Wildfire property in downtown Las Vegas.
Shortly after the Wildfire announcement, Station Casinos dropped the bomb that it would demolish Fiesta Henderson, Fiesta Rancho and Texas Station and then sell the land. These three casinos never reopened after closing during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
After the demolition announcement, Station Casinos announced it purchased 127 acres of land near South Point casino. The company didn’t reveal plans yet but this will eventually become a full-service Station Casinos property.
Additionally, renovations at Red Rock Casino are already underway.
In a statement, the company said it was already exploring plans to build a new casino in north Las Vegas. There’s already a rumor that the company could sell older casinos – Sunset Station and Santa Fe Station – as it continues to move forward with building new properties.
More Las Vegas casino news
Dream Hotel recently broke ground on its first Las Vegas property. The boutique hotel and casino near Mandalay Bay should open in late 2024.
Silverton Casino quietly started renovating all 300 of its hotel rooms earlier this year. The new rooms should be open to the public in early 2023. Silverton is a unique local casino located a couple of miles south of Mandalay Bay.
Most of the venues inside Palms reopened under new ownership in late April. One of the most popular lounges at the casino wasn’t ready in time for the opening. Ghostbar Lounge on the 55th floor of the property will reopen on Aug. 3.