Exhibition City: The Biggest Las Vegas Project You Haven’t Heard About Yet

We’ve got the scoop on the biggest Las Vegas development project you haven’t heard about!

How do we know you haven’t heard about it? Because we haven’t, and we know everything.

Behold Exhibition City, a massive, 240-acre project proposed for just south of the Las Vegas Strip.

Exhibition City Las Vegas

Part retail, part arena, part hotel-casino, part auto pavilion, whatever that might actually be.

Details of the project are few, which would tend to make our WTF senses tingle, but it appears one of the world’s most successful and revered architectural firms, Gensler, is involved, so we’re going to reserve judgment in lieu of the kind of tingling we get when somebody proposes a new casino.

Simply put, Gensler is legit.

What we know is Exhibition City is a mixed-use development with three major components: Auto City, Oasis City and Expo City.

Auto City is described as “2.5 million square feet of auto pavilions surrounded by testing tracks, along with retail and a hotel.”

Translation: That’s a metric buttload of feet, square or otherwise.

Exhibition City Las Vegas

We couldn’t find a GoFundMe page for Exhibition City, so that’s probably a good sign.

Oasis City features “extensive retail, a larger hotel combination and an 18,000-seat arena.” As a basis of comparison, that’s about the capacity of T-Mobile Arena when the Vegas Golden Knights play.

Expo City is described as “anchoring” Auto City and Oasis City, and it will have its own hotel and casino.

That sound you hear is us getting warm in our special places. Yes, that makes a sound. It’s probably best to move on.

That’s all the information available about Exhibition City, but even those scant details have our undivided attention.

Exhibition City Las Vegas

They didn’t even mention the fashion pavilion! We are so there.

There’s no mention of who Gesler’s client is, and there’s been no official announcement of the project. There’s a chance that lack of announcement could be an effort to avoid what happened to another very expensive project, Bleutech. Namely, we poked fun at them, and nobody wants that.

The biggest missing piece of information about Exhibition City, of course, is the price tag.

We’ll venture a guess: Two. Billion. Dollars. Give or take a billion.

It’s too early to predict whether this ambitious project will become a reality, but we’re almost always on the side of new and shiny, so we’ll place a judiciously small wager on “yes.”

Because renderings are a terrible thing to waste.

11 thoughts on “Exhibition City: The Biggest Las Vegas Project You Haven’t Heard About Yet

  1. Charles in Richmond, VA

    In the WordPress email, there was a paragraph referencing the suspected location of the developement. But in the blog page you left it out. Curious. Why?

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  2. Andy

    Wow !! Check out the Luxor in front of Circus Circus,how much did they pay to tear it down and rebuild it there ? And moving the whole McCarran ?? Man !! Smart move to rebuild the Stardust again, sorry to see they tore down the Strat tho..

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  3. Ida L. Spekouleighten

    Google Maps shows a rectangular patch of Las Vegas Boulevard land southwest of the airport the size of Excal + Luxor + Mandalay, though these renderings show a mostly square property the size of one resort hotel (not three).

    Then again, Google Maps also shows a rectangular patch of land where the Raiders stadium is being built, and that should be big enough to show up on satellite imagery now (so I guess the aerial images aren’t current).

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  4. Rusty

    The property has been owned by a company called LSRF Exhibition Invest LLC since 2009. They own approximately 105 acres. For comparisons sake, Allegiant Stadium sits on 60 acres, Bellagio is on 75 acres and most golf courses (Bali Hai, Wynn for example) are on about 140 acres.

    So… if the name is not just a coincidence, they have the land already, and 105 acres is a pretty sizeable chunk of land to work with. It does have convenient freeway access right next to I-15 and Windmill, so it’s got that going for it. Which is nice. It is, however, pretty far down LV Blvd, almost 3 miles south of Mandalay Bay.

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