Two Towers at Riviera to Be Imploded August 16, 2016

The date’s been set, and the classic Riviera isn’t long for this world.

Two of Riviera’s remaining structures, the Monte Carlo Tower (not to be confused with the Monte Carlo hotel) and South Tower are set to be imploded on August 16, 2016, at 2:00 a.m.

Previously, it was thought just the Monte Carlo would be imploded, but it appears the South Tower is tool tall for the demolition equipment to handle, so that one’s getting all blowed up, too.

Riviera demolition

The Riviera on July 26, 2016. The Monte Carlo is that taller one in the back.

If you’ve been following the Riviera saga, you know we’ve been following the casino’s demolition pretty closely. Which might be the biggest understatement since, “This blog has had a Captain Morgan and diet or two in its time.”

Our friends at Vegas Bright first floated the possible date of the implosion, and now it’s been confirmed, thanks to a notice distributed to nearby residents. The notice was shared by someone nearly as obsessive about the Riviera’s demise as we are, Austin Shepard, the person we’re rooting for in the creation of a Las Vegas Casino Museum.

The implosion in the early morning hours of August 16 (or, if you prefer, the late hours of August 15) should be accompanied by the requisite amount of hoopla, although no specifics have been given by the owner of the site, the Las Vegas Visitors and Convention Authority.

Riviera Las Vegas demolition

The buildings currently being demolished were erected in 1955, and not just because we love saying “erected.”

Demolition crews are making quick work of the few remaining low-rise buildings at the Riviera site, and the Monte Carlo Tower and South Tower may be the only structures standing by the time it’s imploded.

Riviera demolition

Remember that casino in the movie “Casino” and that abandoned rooftop pool and that underground parking? Now, not so much.

Soon, even the Riviera’s mirrored facade, with some of the most distinctive, old-school neon in Las Vegas will be a memory. Stop by and bid the old girl farewell while you can.

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  • Bouldersteve

    When a implosion occurs to build something exciting its great. Not this time. Just get over with it. I am bored.Should have imploded it all at once and be done with it

    • Right? I wonder why so many stages?

      • Bouldersteve

        Don’t know. All I can think of the Rivera was built in stages since it’s opening in 1955 so it will be demolished in stages. Hopefully it won’t take 60 years.

        • Yep, it’s like it’s being reverse built–newest additions being torn down first, and so on.

    • Drama!

  • DSchwartz99lv

    Wow! That’s insane! I just went to the site tonight before reading (or knowing about) this article! Would the mirror facade go down with it? BTW, Just got back from a 12-day (I think) vacation in mostly Arizona. And a Duran Duran concert last night. Glad to be back home!

    • They’re taking down the mirrored glass. Not sure exactly what part of the structure is being taken down in the implosion.

      • DSchwartz99lv

        Me neither. Thanks for the reply!

      • Gabriel Santiago

        I see they removed a section of that structure too. The next 2 weeks will be thrilling

  • Gabriel Santiago

    Which one of the smaller ones is the South Tower?

    • DSchwartz99lv

      It’s the one with the Mirrored Facade, I think. The one with the Riviera sign and stars. That one.

      • I think that’s attached to it, yes. It’s too tall to be manually torn down.

    • The tallest of the shorter buildings, if that helps.

      • Gabriel Santiago

        It did, for sure. I remember you from YouTube lol. Thanks again, man.

        • Thanks. That is a really good-looking guy. “)

  • Photoncounter

    This has taken quite a bit of time! I think it would have been quicker, more spectacular and cheaper given the foreign exchange rate between the Dollar/Yen if they had just brought Godzilla over from Japan to do the job.

  • Todd Sterling

    Man, I’m going to miss it by less than 2 weeks. that sucks! Not that disappointing, but how often do you get to see an implosion!

    • Yeah, the first one was underwhelming–maybe doing two structures will be better.

  • IndyJeffrey

    I’ll be in town; that’s great. That said, do I want to take my precious Vegasy time to watch? If I do, is there a recommended place to watch?

    • Not sure. It’s very late at night. I expect I’ll be at Circus Circus across the street. Side streets and parking lots fill up quickly.