Riviera Implosion Date Set
The Riviera implosion date has now been set. This story has been unfolding since, May 4, 2015, when the Riviera finally closed its doors for the last time. As soon as the hotel closed speculation began as to when it would be imploded.
At first, it was anticipated that the hotel and casino would be imploded as early as February of this year. This, obviously, didn’t happen. And the speculation has continued until now.
In one of our previous articles on the Riviera’s pending death date we could only learn that it would come in stages with one implosion to take place in June and another in August. Now we know that the taller of the two towers will be imploded on June 14th, less than two weeks from now. Spectators will have to stay up late to witness it as the first explosive flashes are scheduled to commence at 2AM.
In Vegas these events draw great crowds and interest. If you are one who wants to witness this historic event we would suggest grabbing a near by hotel room while you still can.
There is more to this upcoming spectacle beyond simply blowing up a building. Of course, the primary reason is to get the structure out of the way for the planned Las Vegas Convention Center expansion. According to a Las Vegas Review Journal article, the governing authority has another motive too. It reports:
Authority staff and board members view the dual implosions as an opportunity to call attention to the Las Vegas Convention Center expansion plan, which the LVCVA says will cost $1.4 billion. That doesn’t count $250 million the agency budgeted for acquiring the Riviera and future construction on the Riviera site that hasn’t been detailed. Previously, the LVCVA priced the whole package at $2.3 billionut the governing authority has another reason.
You can read the full article with more details here.