Nongambing entertainment center to complement casinos

LAS VEGAS -- Groundbreaking is expected this month on a glitzy, 60,000-square-foot nongambling entertainment and convention center scheduled to open on the Strip early next year.

The $20 million Millennium Entertainment Center was conceived as a multifunctional facility by the Millennium Multi Corp. (MMMC), an Internet-oriented digital and traditional entertainment, technology and communications company.

Plans call for a dome-shaped, two-story structure with restaurants, nightclubs, a disco and shops on the first level and space for dancing, special events and meetings on the upper level, according to MMMC vice president Michael Selsman.

The prefab dome will be decorated with a globe of the world on the inside and exterior surfaces.

Inspired by a similar disco dome in Cancun, Mexico, the globe will be visible from planes flying above Las Vegas, Selsman said.

Impresario Mark Fleischman, one-time owner of Studio 54 and creator of the Tatou dinner clubs, is in charge of the project.

An exhibition simulating the geysers at Yellowstone Park will grace the entrance.

Inside, for catered special events, customers will enjoy a 360-degree light and laser show and closed-circuit television.

Snow, lightning, twisters, volcanoes and other special effects will be staged under the dome.

Nightclubs on the first and second level will each handle 1,000 people.

A new golf course is slated to open across the street.

MMMC marketing analysts predict the center will be an attraction appreciated by Las Vegas hotels and casinos because it will not compete for gaming and entertainment patrons.

The center will be situated on seven-and-a-half acres on the southeast corner of Las Vegas Boulevard and Arby Avenue, south of the Mandalay Bay hotel.

The Millennium Entertainment Center is expected to accommodate 20,000 customers.

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