LAS VEGAS -- Whoever said Rome wasn't built in a day wasn't
kidding. Caesars Palace here is abounding with new construction
projects, ranging from hotel rooms and meetings space to
restaurants and retail stores aimed at reinventing the 37-year-old
"With the new tower and the other new attractions planned or
under way, we'll become the first major Las Vegas resort to
completely remake itself -- without using dynamite," said Mark
Juliano, the property's president.
What follows is a listing of several major improvement projects
that have been finished in the past year or are in the works:
• The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The
4,100-seat theater, which opened in March, is home to the Celine
Dion production, "A New Day." On nights when Dion did not perform,
the venue welcomed other top names in entertainment, including
Jerry Seinfeld, Tim McGraw and Gloria Estefan.
• The Roman Plaza. Located atop a recently
constructed, 500-bay, underground parking garage at the corner of
Las Vegas Boulevard and Flamingo Road, the plaza will serve as a
type of welcome area to visitors who are entering the property. The
plaza, which will offer a range of dining, retail and entertainment
outlets, is slated to open during the first half of 2004.
• New Forum casino entrance. Serving as a
bridge that connects the old with the new, this sweeping gateway to
the Forum casino, set to open by year's end, will connect the new
Colosseum with the property's porte cochere entrance. The area will
include high-tech slot machines that surround an aquatically themed
• Revamped porte cochere. The historic porte
cochere that has welcomed visitors to Caesars Palace since 1981
will be renovated with Corinthian towers, similar to those on the
• Expanded Forum Shops. By next fall, the Forum
Shops at Caesars, already one of the highest-yielding retail spaces
in North America, will grow to a total of 675,000 square feet. A
three-level, 175,000-square-foot expansion, which will extend the
venue out to the Strip, will include more upscale specialty retail
stores as well as several restaurants.
• Restaurant additions. Bradley Ogden, the
namesake restaurant of the San Francisco-area chef, and the Cypress
Street Marketplace both debuted in March. Early next year, New York
chef Bobby Flay will take his turn, opening Mesa Grill at Caesars
• Hotel guest-room renovation. It's been
ongoing, but since 2000, the property has completed a major
renovation project involving 600 rooms, primarily in the Roman
In addition, the resort erected an electronic/video marquee in
February and opened a high-limit slot salon in May.
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