Set of Las Vegas strip icons for demolition, implosion

In Las Vegas, it’s all part of the show. It might be someone playing plastic drums for tips on full-fledged shows, like the soon-to-be-removed volcano at the Mirage or the fountains at the Bellagio.

On the 4.2 mile stretch that makes up the Las Vegas Strip, you have literally every type of show possible – from massive stars to drunk people who don’t even know they’ve become entertainers. You can have your picture taken with an Elmo for rent, an endless array of showgirls and topless cops/firefighters, or meet someone dressed as Spider-man, Batman, or even Optimus Prime.

The show never ends and it played a big role in how major players including Caesars Entertainment (CZR) and MGM Resorts International (MGM) are building their massive resort/casino resorts on the Las Vegas Strip. Everything is oversized and designed for maximum visual impact.

Whether you’re swimming under a replica Eiffel Tower at Caesars Paris Las Vegas or posing next to a faux Statue of Liberty at MGM’s New York New York, the entire Strip was built to grab your attention. This can be in the form of concerts – like the statues that dot Caesars Palace – or a more subtle work of art/visual curiosity elsewhere.

And, Las Vegas does not let its buildings slip away quietly. When the life of a casino comes to an end, there is usually one last spectacle – an implosion – where the building is destroyed in front of a cheering crowd. Now, a number of venues on the Las Vegas Strip appear to be heading towards that glorious end.

Las Vegas has a history of demolitions

Las Vegas has a long history of implosions that have seen some famous names not just disappear from the Strip, but do so in a big way. An implosion, of course, is the opposite of an explosion where a building collapses in on itself.

Vegas.com shared a list of some of the city’s most famous implosions, including:

  • new frontier
  • Stardust
  • Ride
  • Bourbon Street
  • Castaways
  • desert inn
  • El Rancho
  • Aladdin
  • Hacienda

Many of these sites went on to host even more famous properties. Aladdin, for example, is now the site of the Caesars Planet Hollywood property while the Desert Inn location now hosts Wynn Resorts. (WYNN) two properties on the Las Vegas Strip.

In most cases, an implosion is not the end. It’s a step towards something new rising in this place. This is about to happen in two key locations on the Las Vegas Strip.

The Las Vegas Strip braces for implosions

Billionaire NBA owner Tillman Fertitta, owner of the Golden Nugget on Fremont Street, has bought a a piece of land on the Las Vegas Strip earlier this year. He recently filed plans to build a 43-story resort casino on the property at Las Vegas Boulevard and Harmon Avenue. He also obtained demolition permits for the buildings that are currently on the lot, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

The site currently houses a recently closed motel and closed gift shops.

Earlier this year, “New York-based investment firm Gindi Capital also secured county approvals for a three-story, 9.5-acre retail complex just south of the Fertitta spread. It would span more of 300,000 square feet and would replace a group of existing properties, including the now-closed Hawaiian market,” the newspaper reported.

These properties, including the popular Hawaiian Marketplace, also appear set for demolition, although no timetable has been set.

Additionally, real estate company Reno Tolles Development plans to build an almost 2 million square foot industrial park about 25 miles south of the Strip. This would involve getting rid of the fabled Terrible Casino, which sits on the property.

“If we implode it, we’ll do it Vegas,” Tolles partner Cory Hunt told the Review-Journal.

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