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Resorts World Receives Approval for Underground Tunnel System

On Thursday, the Clark County Commission granted permission for Resorts World Las Vegas to construct a passenger station and underground tunnel connecting it to the Las Vegas Convention Center. 

The tunnel system proposed by Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX will transport passengers in underground all-electric Tesla vehicles between exhibition halls at the Convention Center. It is also known as the Las Vegas Loop. 

This decision to include Resorts World as a stop for the Las Vegas Loop comes after the design plans and land-use application was submitted to the Board of County Commissioners on June 1st. Construction is projected to start by the end of 2020.

Passengers will be transported between Resorts World and the Convention Center in under two minutes. They will have convenient and direct access to Resort Worlds integrated retail, dining, entertainment, and nightlife amenities. 

“We are thrilled to receive approval from the County Commission to move forward with our proposed passenger station and tunnel and are eager to take the next steps in creating an innovative transportation solution for our convention guests and visitors,” said Scott Sibella, President of Resorts World Las Vegas.

Resorts World, developed by Genting Group, is currently under construction at the site of the old Stardust Hotel and Casino. As of June 2020, it is 60% completed.

The $4.3 billion project will be the most expensive property ever developed in Las Vegas. It is the first new resort to be completed on the Las Vegas Strip since the Cosmopolitan, which opened in 2010. 

Resorts World will feature over 3,500 luxury hotel rooms and a 117,000 square-foot casino floor. Its curated food and beverage portfolio will offer a wide range of options – from authentic street food to Michelin-starred restaurants.

They will also feature The Theatre, a 5,000-seat concert and entertainment venue made for musical performances. It will contain one of the largest and tallest stages on the Las Vegas Strip. 

John Meglen, president and co-CEO of Concerts West, believes the venue will book performers prestigious enough to compete with MGM’s Park Theater, Planet Hollywood’s Zappos Theater, and Caesars Colosseum

“The only thing we know today is we still don’t know when live entertainment will be back,” Meglen said. “But there’s no way it goes away. What we need to be doing now is planning for that [comeback] and be ready when it’s ready. But it’s got to be the best in class.” said Meglen. 

The resort’s distinct nightlife concepts, that include a combined total of 65,000 square feet of nightlife and daylife space. Other facilities the resort will offer include a state-of-the-art pool complex, a $3 million dollar crystal bar, world-class fitness facilities, a banquet hall, and meeting spaces. 

It is scheduled to open in summer 2021.