MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) will debut its dynamic park, dining and entertainment district on the Las Vegas Strip April 4, 2016.
A varied mixture of restaurants, bars and entertainment hidden in the wealthy desert landscape, The Park will be a main gathering spot on The Strip?s west side hooking up New York-New York and Monte Carlo resorts along with the new 20,000-seat world-class T-Mobile Arena. An interactive and social atmosphere, The Park aims to construct a feeling of community through innovative programming and occasions.
Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International, said, ?Today?s consumer wants to sample, to experience, to discover ? it?s no longer about visiting one resort and staying there. With this in mind, we?ve created a neighborhood environment that invites our guests to explore many of our resorts on the Strip?s west side, collecting experiences along the way, with The Park serving as a central gathering space for people to relax, dine and be entertained.?
A Glimpse into The Park:
Experience: The Park re-envisions the standard pedestrian experience with the addition of a brand new layer of diverse social spaces in Vegas. It’ll draw passersby from the hubbub of the Strip into a geniune oasis offering possibilities to see Las Vegas outdoors and also at one?s leisure, only steps from one of the biggest boulevards on the planet. Inspired by the legendary plazas, promenades and squares which have served as vital public gathering locations inside the world?s great metropolitan areas throughout history, The Park will offer guests a range of common spaces for mingling, relaxing, exploring and sampling the nearby tastes, sights and sounds.
During the day, site visitors will have the ability to take pleasure in pockets of sun or enjoy shade beneath mature trees or among the stunning, trumpet-like shade structures towering greater than 50 ft above. Patio-style seating will encourage an authentic social atmosphere, while seating alcoves hidden into large planters will give you areas for respite.
Unique water features, including water walls stretching greater than 100 ft long across the entrance, will add unpredicted visuals and so will dramatic plantings integrating a number of beautiful desert blooms. Going through The Park, visitors will uncover spontaneous live artists, for example acoustic guitarists and street entertainers.
At sunset, illuminated aspects of The Park?s landscape designs will create an impressive setting. The shade structures, a thing of beauty of and in themselves, will emit wonderful LED sequences from high above, captivating visitors below. Sounds of live music, clinking glasses and laughter from nearby open-air venues will saturate The Park with energy, giving visitors a completely new method to experience Vegas underneath the stars.
Dining Under The Sun and Stars: Similar to little cafes and bistros that spill onto legendary promenades, groupings of casual bars and restaurants with outside seating will open each resort to the Park developing a colorful patio ambiance. Varying from fast-casual to mid-level, each offering is a unique-to-market, up-and-coming brand.
Confirmed partners include:
? Shake Shack ? Boasting patios overlooking The Park and New York-New York?s Brooklyn Bridge, the much-beloved Shake Shack is a modern day ?roadside? burger stand known for its all-natural burgers, flat-top dogs, frozen custard, beer, wine and more. With its fresh, simple, high-quality food at a great value, Shake Shack is a fun and lively community gathering place with widespread appeal.
? Beer Garden? This fun and unpretentious beer garden will be highlighted by its outdoor spaces and vantage points of all The Park?s activity. Guests will be able to indulge in sustainably raised farm-to-table meats, an impressive regional craft brew list, live music and, of course, games to get any social gathering started ? bocce ball, darts and outdoor ping pong.
? California Pizza Kitchen? California Pizza Kitchen is the authority in creative dining with a California vibe. Blending fresh, seasonal ingredients with bold, global inspiration, ?CPK? offers signature hand-tossed, hearth-baked pizzas, inventive main plates and shareables, unique pastas and salads, alongside premium wines, craft beers and hand-crafted cocktails featuring fresh fruits, herbs and spices. With an outdoor patio, full bar and open kitchen centered around the hearth oven, CPK?s rustic, modern atmosphere is perfect for drinks and small plates before a show, dinner with family and everything in-between.
? Sake Rok ? This theatrical hotspot open for lunch, dinner and a late-night bar/lounge, will thrill guests with more than just its array of delicious sushi, Japanese cuisine and private sake label. By night, Sake Rok will transform into a high-profile social dining extravaganza, immersing guests in an experience part culinary, part performance and completely unexpected. Inspired by Japan?s vibrant pop culture and fashion movements, interactive servers will invite guests to partake in restaurant-wide sakebombs while doubling as entertainers, spontaneously breaking into dance and lip-sync serenades.
? Bruxie? The fast-casual, gourmet waffle restaurant born out of Orange County will serve up its signature takes on The Sandwich. Bruxie?s next-generation sandwiches use a light, airy authentic Brussels Waffle as the ?Bold Fold.? The Waffle is crisp, lightly yeasty and not sweet ? reminiscent of freshly baked bread. Bruxie Waffles are paired with quality seasonal ingredients, offering both savory choices like Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Chili Honey and Cider Slaw as well as a variety of sweet options such as Strawberry Cr?me Br?l?e.
Design: The design for The Park is a collaborative effort led by MGM Resorts International with master planner Cooper, Robertson & Partners, leading landscape architecture and urban design firm !melk, and Marnell Architecture.
Envisioned as the connective tissue between New York-New York and Monte Carlo, The Park?s unique design elements include:
? Green Initiatives: The Park has implemented an integrated environmental sustainability program throughout construction stages, and will continue post-opening with operational focuses addressing energy and water conservation, green building and waste management through cutting-edge technology and innovative design. The restaurant corridor is being built to LEED Gold standards, and The Park also has salvaged roughly 75 mature trees from the current area to enhance the lush environment. Asphalt existing on-site also has been salvaged, ground and recycled to create new paved surfaces within the development.
? Natural Landscaping: Landscape design utilizes native and desert-adaptive species of plants, which are able to thrive in hot and dry environments with minimal water. Large planters with inset seating feature dramatic plant life displays created by the juxtaposition of cloud-like plants (santolina, apache plum, mormon fir, etc.) alongside vibrant shoots (red yucca, torch lily, desert bear grass, etc.), lush grasses (Mexican feather grass, fountain grass, orange sedge, etc.) and spikes (blue agave, golf tooth aloe, horsetail, etc.)
? Cooling Elements: Mature trees, vegetation, water features and artful shade structures will create comfortable environments for guests to enjoy The Park year-round. Ground and surfaces have been constructed using marble ? a naturally cooling material. Hand-laid in mosaic tile patterns, the marble features color palettes of the American Southwest.