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Bally’s Las Vegas

Bally’s
3645 Las Vegas Blvd South
Las Vegas, NV 89109
Number of rooms 2,814
Theme Cosmopolitan Las Vegas
Gaming space 67,000 ft² (6,224.5 m²)
Permanent show(s) Jubilee!
Signature attraction(s) Garden Walkway
Notable restaurant(s) Al Dente
Bally’s Steakhouse
Chang’s
Owner Harrah’s Entertainment
Date opened 1973
Casino type Land-based
Major renovation(s) 1981, 1994
Previous name(s) Bonanza
New Bonanza
MGM Grand
Bally’s Grand
Casino website Bally’s Website

Bally’s Las Vegas is a hotel and casino located in Las Vegas, Nevada on the Las Vegas Strip. The hotel has 2,814 rooms that are 450 ft² (42 m²) or larger. The hotel has over 175,000 ft² (7,000 m²) of banquet and meeting space. It also has a 67,000 ft² (6,000 m²) casino.

Bally’s is home for the long-running production show Jubilee!.

One of the signature features of this hotel is the neon lighting wrapped around the covered moving sidewalk that brings guests from Las Vegas Boulevard to the entrance of the casino.

The hotel has a Las Vegas Monorail station at the rear of the property.

History

The site was first occupied by the Bonanza Hotel and Casino which opened in July 1963. It was later renamed to the New Bonanza Hotel and Casino shortly before construction on the MGM Grand began.

The 43 ac (174 km²) site opened in 1973 as the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino with 2,084 rooms, the largest hotel in the world at that time. Kirk Kerkorian was the owner. The hotel had a movie theme when it opened.

The MGM Grand Hotel fire on November 21, 1980 killed 87 people.

It suffered a fire in the casino that traveled up into the hotel, killing 87 guests and employees on November 21, 1980. The facility was rebuilt in only eight months. The fire was, and still remains, the largest disaster in Nevada history in terms of loss of life. The fire resulted in a major reform in fire safety codes for the city’s casino resorts, which are now among the strictest in the United States.

The hotel was later sold in 1985 to Bally Entertainment Corporation, and the property’s name was changed to Bally’s. The MGM Grand name was transferred to the former Marina Hotel, now known as the MGM Grand Las Vegas. Bally’s was later taken over by Hilton Corporation. In 1998, Hilton spun off its casino holdings into a new company, Park Place Entertainment, later known as Caesars Entertainment. That company merged with Harrah’s Entertainment in 2003.

At the end of June 2005, Harrah’s Entertainment CEO Gary Loveman announced that the company would consolidate all its properties under a few brand names: Harrah’s, Rio, Caesars, and Horseshoe. This implies that Bally’s will be re-branded in the future.

Film history

In 1993, the hotel was featured in the film Honeymoon in Vegas, starring Nicolas Cage and Sarah Jessica Parker.

It was also featured prominently in the 1995 film Leaving Las Vegas, also starring Cage and Elizabeth Shue.

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