Monthly Archives: May 2018

Vegas Golden Knights Win Stanley Cup Final Spot

We’ve never been a sports person, but now our Vegas Golden Knights have clinched a spot in the Stanley Cup final, so we’re reconsidering. Bigtime.

It’s a story as unlikely as Las Vegas itself.

Vegas Golden Knights

Good lucky getting your name back now, Army Golden Knights parachute team.

On May 20, 2018, the Vegas Golden Knights prevailed against the Winnipeg Jets, 2-1, in game five of the NHL’s Western Conference final and their place in sports history was assured.

In the team’s inaugural season.

Despite experts predicting the Vegas Golden Knights would among the league’s worst teams this year.

Suck it, experts, this is Las Vegas.

Stanley Cup

We definitely didn’t add those little sparkles with Photoshop. That occurs naturally in Vegas.

The Vegas Golden Knights’ success is all the more meaningful because the team’s journey has served as a way for our community to collectively heal following the Oct. 1 shooting.

Suck it, crazed manics, this is Las Vegas.

The Golden Knights will play either the Tampa Bay Lightening or Washington Capitals in the Stanley Cup final.

The Knights started the season at 500-to-1 odds for a Stanley Cup win.

Sin City has always been about defying the odds, and there’s no reason to think it won’t hold true when the Vegas Golden Knights hit the ice to bring the Stanley Cup home to Las Vegas.

Raiders Stadium Construction is Well Under Way in Vegas

Now that our puckball team, the Vegas Golden Knights, are in the Stanley Cup (you can only jinx something if it involves luck), we can take a moment to check out how construction of our Las Vegas Raiders stadium is progressing.

The $1.8 billion Las Vegas Raiders stadium broke ground in November 2017, with an eye toward a 2020 completion date.

Here’s the latest from the Las Vegas Raiders (that’s going to take some getting used to) construction site.

Las Vegas Raiders construction site

The future home of a team we’re not saying anything snarky about because we can’t afford a bodyguard.

About 225 workers are currently working on the stadium, a number expected to grow to 500 this fall.

Let’s pull out, so to speak.

Las Vegas Raiders stadium site

Crews had to excavate two-and-a-half football fields to build, you know, a football field.

Here’s a better look in case you want to get all up in the Raiders stadium’s business.

Crews are already pouring concrete, and the steel construction phase of the project will kick in later this year.

The new stadium is being built on 62 acres not far from Mandalay Bay and will accommodate about 65,000 people. Plans for the stadium include 24 parking spaces.

We’re kidding. It’s closer to 2,400 spaces. No biggy, the team has until September to figure it out. (We hear the Raiders have done a deal with the Orleans to use some of their parking, and other arrangements are still in the works.)

The search for parking spaces is just one part of preparing for the arrival of an NFL team.

Las Vegas Raiders stadium

Because you can’t spell rebar without “bar.”

We are no stadium construction expert, but apparently preparation of the construction site involved blasting things.

Las Vegas Raiders stadium

Blasting took place almost every day for two months. Vibration monitors were used to make the project sound sexier.

The new Las Vegas Raiders stadium will have a number of impressive features we can’t muster the energy to research.

One thing we know is the stadium will have a great view of the Las Vegas Strip.

Las Vegas Raiders

The Raiders stadium is a stone’s throw from Excalibur. Please don’t throw an actual stone. You put a knight’s eye out and his jousting days are over.

Also, the stadium will have an ethylene tetrafluoroethylene ceiling, because Las Vegas sure as hell wouldn’t build a stadium without one, whatever it might be.

Unfortunately, we aren’t able to share additional photos of the Las Vegas Raiders construction site because a sign told us not to.

Las Vegas Raiders photography

We caused a brouhaha on Twitter when we shared this photo, and 27,000 Tweet impressions later, we feel just horrible about it.

Seriously, best. Sign. Ever. We see an epic feud with the Las Vegas Raiders in our future!

Although this blog is unlikely to provide future construction updates, because sports, you’re in luck.

There’s an awesome free Web cam pointed at the site to help keep apprised of all the latest developments in concrete drying.

If we must have an NFL team in Vegas, we’re pleased to see the Las Vegas Raiders stadium moving along at a brisk pace. We’re looking at you, Resorts World.

Signs Point to Mandarin Oriental Becoming Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas

There’s been a good deal of secrecy around the future of the Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas hotel, but we don’t have patience for secrets, we are a blog.

MGM Resorts recently announced Mandarin Oriental would be sold for $214 million, but few other details were shared.

We have it on good authority Mandarin Oriental’s days are numbered, and Aug. 30, 2018 could be the last day for this luxury hotel on the Las Vegas Strip.

Word is Mandarin Oriental will soon become Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas, a Hilton Worldwide brand.

Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas

Waldorf Astoria is the flagship brand in Hilton’s portfolio, assuming Wikipedia knows what it’s talking about.

The announcement about the upcoming transition to Waldorf Astoria was made internally at a meeting at the Aria resort.

Also imparted was the fact a $50 million renovation will accompany the change in ownership.

While no official announcement of a buyer has been made, we’ve reported it could be the owner of Hilton Lake Las Vegas, real estate investor “Ronnie” Lam and his Kam Sang Co. Employees attending the Aria ballroom event were informed the buyer is an “Asian investor.”

Lending credence to our Waldorf Astoria news is the fact a domain name was recently registered, WaldorfAstoriaLasVegas.com, which redirects to the main Waldorf Astoria Web site.

Mandarin Oriental has no casino, so it’s difficult for us to care too much about it, but scoop is scoop.

We honestly have no idea why there’s been an attempt to keep the buyer of Mandarin Oriental on the down-low, but in most cases, it means there are loose ends to tie up prior to an official announcement.

Now that the cat’s out of the bag, expect an official announcement about Mandarin Oriental becoming Waldorf Astoria soon.

Update (5/16/18): Our story has been confirmed, as if you had any doubt.

Las Vegas Set to Host World’s Largest Orgy

Hey, they don’t call it “Sin City” for nothing.

A group called Menage Life is hosting a world record attempt for the world’s largest orgy in Las Vegas on June 2, 2018.

According to the organizers of the event, called Sin City 8, as many as 1,000 people are expected to take part in the orgy world record, a phrase we never expected to type when we started this blog.

world record orgy Las Vegas

Organizers have said the event with have a masquerade theme, masks included, so participants can be assured of anonymity. Photos: Menage Life Web site.

The current documented record for the largest orgy, with a mere 500 participants, was set in Japan in 2006.

The world record co-mingling was featured in a film, “500 Person Sex,” directed by Yukitsugu Tsuchiya. And, yes, we’re using the term “directed” very loosely here.

We honestly don’t even consider that Japanese world record orgy a world record, because the 250 couples involved only had sex with each other.

Anyway, back to the Vegas world record.

It should be noted this won’t be an “official” world record, as no Guinness World Records adjudicator will be in attendance.

Someone should inquire with the Guinness World Records folks to see if there’s currently a record for “World’s Largest Walk of Shame.”

Vegas world's largest orgy

It appears Menage Life’s commitments overlap pretty much exactly with those of Las Vegas.

Now, for the details.

Tickets to the record attempt cost $25 for women, $200 for couples.

Unescorted men aren’t permitted to take part, despite the fact they’re the ones who would appreciate taking part the most.

According to the event’s official Web site, “All participants in the world record attempt will receive complimentary condoms, lube, hand towels, hand sanitizer and sexy swag.”

Coincidentally, Sexy Swag was the name of our band in high school.

Las Vegas largest orgy

It’s apparent these young women have devoted no time whatsoever to asking, “Hand sanitizer?”

Orgy participants are assured security officers will monitor the “play room” for the duration of the event, and mutual consent is required, of course.

The host company is doing a full buy-out of the Embassy Suites for the orgy world record gathering.

The orgy world record is just one of a number of events planned at Sin City 8, so feel free to visit the official Web site.

There’s never a dull moment in Las Vegas.

Unfortunately, we won’t be taking part in the world record orgy event at Embassy Suites in Las Vegas, for three simple reasons:

  1. Can you imagine the cramps from writing all those thank-you notes?
  2. We are old-fashioned and believe humiliation should happen between two people, a man a whoever we are disappointing.
  3. If we’re going to lose our orgy virginity, we sure as hell aren’t going to do it at an Embassy Suites.

If you decide to take part in these festivities, we’d love to hear about your experience. Brownie points for photos and sexy swag.

Here’s our exclusive interview with Kristy Auli, Media/Sponsorship Coordinator for Menage Life, the company hosting the world record orgy in Las Vegas.

Update (5/21/18): As we were the first to report, the world’s largest orgy attempt has been relocated from Embassy Suites to the Erotic Heritage Museum in Las Vegas. Apparently, the owner of Embassy Suites, Hilton, wasn’t thrilled when it found out about the activities planned for Sin City 8, and demanded Menage Life move its events.

Update (6/6/18): We spoke with Menage Life and confirmed the total number of participants in the world record orgy attempt was 375, but with a number of extenuating circumstances. It seems law enforcement presented the organizers with a cease-and-desist during the record attempt. During.

Organizers were forced to move the event to the Green Door swingers club, but many of the participants didn’t make the trip. There were more than 800 ticketed participants in Sin City 8.

We’re thinking there should be a world record for “Biggest Coitus Interruptus, Ever.”

As for the initial issues with the Embassy Suites location, it’s interesting to note the venue (and its parent company, Hilton) were apparently nonplussed about the Sin City 8 gathering until it was featured in a segment on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” at which time company executives made it clear the organizers could not hold their events at the hotel, other than providing rooms for participants.

Menage Life says it will try the record attempt again next year, lessons learned.

Downtown Las Vegas Events Center Whips Out Vegas-Sized Homage to Vegas Golden Knights

Las Vegas loves its new puckball team, the Vegas Golden Knights.

The NHL team has broken numerous records during its inaugural season, and has become a darling of locals and tourists alike, earning a coveted spot in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

The Downtown Las Vegas Event Center has hosted a number of viewing parties for the Golden Knights, but recently topped itself with a larger-than-life homage to the team.

On May 12, 2018, the venue configured its tables to resemble the Vegas Golden Knights logo. Of course, we’ve got exclusive photos and video.

Vegas Golden Knights

Fun fact: Our favorite kind of table is a cocktail table, in part because we aren’t a fan of coffee or multiplication.

Guests at the event didn’t even realize their tables were part of the Vegas Golden Knights logo, because not unlike the Nazca Lines, the design was only viewable from above.

Here’s a bird’s-eye look.

The logo stunt was the brainchild of Bud Pico, General Manager of the Downtown Las Vegas Center, and Blake Victor, Designer for the venue.

The design was first created by Victor using 3-D modeling software (AutoCAD and Twinmotion for the 3-d modeling nerds), then a team of staffers were tasked with precisely positioning the 227 tables—with their gold, black and gray tablecloths—for the photo op.

The massive Golden Knights logo was 155 feet tall and 130 feet wide.

The image of the over-sized design has already been shared endlessly by Vegas Golden Knights fans, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and the team itself, among others.

Vegas Golden Knights

The Vegas Golden Knights logo includes a “hidden” Vegas, which stands for Vegas.

Full disclosure: Downtown Las Vegas Events Center is owned by the same folks as The D and Golden Gate, part of the Fremont Street Experience, where we work in digital marketing as our day job. Our opinions are our own, obviously.

Unfortunately, the logo display couldn’t help bring the Vegas Golden Knights better luck, as the team lost to the Winnipeg Jets, 4-2, in the first game of the Western Conference Final, whatever that might be.

Whether you’re into hockey or not, there’s no denying the Vegas Golden Knights story is a compelling one.

Go, Knights, go, or whatever people chant at puckball games.

Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 78: 18 Fremont Project Details, Cosmo and Mandarin Oriental Rumors and More

Step away from the puckball playoffs, it’s time to shove some Vegas in your ears.

In this week’s episode, we’ve got an exclusive interview with Derek Stevens, owner of The D and Golden Gate, about his new resort at 18 Fremont.

Stevens helps clear up lots of questions about the project, shares his thoughts about what the new casino will bring to Las Vegas and hints at some surprises to come.

18 Fremont resort rendering

We’re already antsy for the new casino at 18 Fremont, and it’s two years away. We’re looking into purchasing a cryosleep chamber.

The show is also teeming with unsubstantiated rumors and speculation, including some juicy ones about a potential sale of Cosmopolitan to Hard Rock International, plus who might be buying Mandarin Oriental.

You’ll also want to hear the latest about what’s next for the Flamingo’s Margaritaville Casino and 5 O’Clock Somewhere Bar. Hint: We hope you’re not emotionally attached.

You know, all the stuff you’ve already read in this blog!

5 O'Clock Somewhere bar

The sun’s going down on the 5 O’Clock Somewhere bar at Flamingo.

There’s a boatload of Las Vegas news, of course, and a listicle slapped together at the last possible moment, as is our way. It’s something about what casinos to do keep you gambling, although the specifics are muddy because Captain Morgan spiced rum.

There might be better Las Vegas podcasts, but you’d be hard-pressed to find one with a more inflamed liver.