In Las Vegas’ signature Strip attractions is destined to be a strip mall?
Executives at MGM Resorts International have been forced to deny reports that they plan to scrap the famous Bellagio fountains to make way for a new shopping center.
The fountains are one of the most iconic attractions in Las Vegas, attracting millions of visitors each year to the dramatic water displays that occur multiple times almost every hour of the day.
According to a report that appeared in The Las Vegas Review Journal, MGM Resorts, which owns the Bellagio Casino site have discussed whether to transform the 8.5-acre stretch of shops and restaurants.
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The fountains are very popular with tourists, who can be found crowding the fence at the front of the lake from morning until midnight, but the show is free for everyone, so the attraction is not to the advantage of the casino bosses have no money.
The Review Journal reported that “preliminary discussions have been held between the top MGM Resort execs for the 22-million-gallon Bellagio Fountains to be drained and replaced by a boutique shopping and restaurant promenade.”
It appears, however, that if the conversations take place, nothing about the fate of the aquatic attraction was immediately decided.
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MGM Resorts released a statement saying: “We have no plans or plans to eliminate the iconic Bellagio Fountains, one of the most recognizable tourist attractions in the world.”
However, Steve Wynn is in the process of transforming the ground outside a number of her greatest Vegas resorts.
Last month the company received permission to move forward on a $1.5 billion lagoon theme park on a 130-acre golf course property that they own.
This article originally appeared on The Sun.