Alan Snel – Park near MGM Arena brings nature back to the Strip

Alan Snel – Park near MGM Arena brings nature back to the Strip
Alan Snel – Park near MGM Arena brings nature back to the StripIt might not be drawing all the publicity as its neighboring arena project on the Strip, but the new park under construction next to New York-New York Hotel & Casino that will lead people from the Strip to the $375 million arena is showing its first green signs.Mature trees such as acacia, mesquite and palo verde, landscaping including native and desert-adaptive plants and planters made from local-quarried sandstone are being installed for the “microclimate” in the 5.5-acre park.Called the Park, the new area leads to a plaza and, then, the 20,000-seat arena being built by MGM Resorts International and Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG).The arena, park and plaza are scheduled to open in April. AEG and MGM Resorts are partnering on the arena and plaza, and MGM is building the park by itself. MGM Resorts is spending $100 million on the park, including costs for the New York-New York and Monte Carlo Resort and Casino plaza renovations, while MGM and AEG are sharing the cost for the new plaza serving the arena.The park’s trees, shade structures and misting system being built are expected to lower temperatures by 10 degrees and offer a cool refuge from life on the Strip, said Don Thrasher, president of Park District Holdings LLC, an MGM Resorts International subsidiary.The park entrance near the Shake Shack restaurant at New York-New York is the main pedestrian entry to the MGM-AEG arena for people walking along Las Vegas Boulevard. Passing foot traffic is 30,000 daily, Thrasher said this week.Park visitors will stroll about 800 feet on a paved walkway made from 2-feet-by-2-feet marble cobblestones, with various patterns and colors, before reaching the 75,000-square-foot plaza.The park runs along New York-New York’s northern side and will include five indoor-outdoor food and beverage outlets linked to New York-New York. MGM Resorts will own two of the food places, national brands will run two others and a local group will manage the fifth food spot, Thrasher said.The park will include eight fixed kiosks, too, he said.In all, about 200 trees are being planted through the park, along the plaza perimeter and a gentle-curving road that will lead from the Strip to Monte Carlo. The road, formerly Rue de Monte Carlo, is now called Park Avenue and was realigned to include the gentle curves.The park will have no grass, but crews are installing native landscape that can cope with the region’s desert climate.The plaza of just less than 2 acres will lead to the front of the arena, which is already adorned with glass. The arena is expected to host more than 100 annual events such as boxing matches, concerts, basketball games and Ultimate Fighting Championship shows. It will also host a National Hockey League team if the NHL approves prospective owner Bill Foley’s bid for a new franchise. A new NHL team could play as early as the 2017-18 season.Copyright GamingWire. All rights reserved.

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Playtech Announces Virtual Sports Features

Playtech Announces Virtual Sports Features
Playtech Announces Virtual Sports Features Playtech’s Virtual Football Game due for release towards the end of 2015 In recent years we’ve seen some big name brands like William Hill known for sports betting venturing into the online casino marketplace. Online casinos entering the sports betting arena on the other hand has not been so common, and if you’ve ever wished your favourite online casino could offer a wider range of betting options, software giant Playtech may have just the answer for you in the not too distant future. In a recent announcement the software giant unveiled a series of unique, innovative industry first features within an expanded Virtual Sports Portfolio. This exciting new portfolio which will be available towards the end of 2015 will include a range of fully simulated sports games which allow for realistic betting and gameplay. Licensees of this new multi-channel package will be able to select from football, basketball and trotting, greyhound and/or horse racing, velodrome and speedway as well as tennis, each with its own league and tournament fixtures all with full sports animations and in-play betting functionality. This platform will be available across media including retail, mobile and satellite and will be compatible with most devices. Those in the know maintain that the games will be of the same high quality as Playtech’s casino games offering in terms of the graphics, with these having been shot on location using feature film motion capture technology and real life professional sportsmen and women. The games will offer realistic odds and a host of betting options as well as multi-language functionality with local language commentary being featured within each game, making these games the ultimate experience in virtual sports. Head of Playtech’s Virtual Sports division (yes they have a division for this already), Elliot Norris has been quoted saying that the virtual sports portfolio that the company is able to offer is the best the industry has ever seen. Playtech has also received a number of positive reports from licensees and test audiences in regulated markets – so we’re on the edge of our seats in anticipation of the new launch! Watch this space for release details and reviews.

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