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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.