US-based gaming and entertainment company Caesars Entertainment has broken ground on Caesars Forum, a $375m, 550,000ft² conference centre in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Caesars Forum, which will be the first facility of this size built on one level, will feature the two largest pillarless ballrooms in the world, equivalent to 27 tennis courts.
It will also feature Las Vegas’ first 100,000ft² outdoor, multi-functional Forum Plaza, where receptions, meetings and live entertainment can be hosted with the Las Vegas Strip as the backdrop.
The conference centre will be within walking distance to more than 20,000 Caesars Entertainment hotel rooms and adjacent to the LINQ Promenade retail district.
Caesars Entertainment president and CEO Mark Frissora said: “Caesars Entertainment has eight properties located in the centre of the Las Vegas strip – more than any other competitor.
“With our geographic advantage, and the demand for meetings space exceeding available inventory, this project builds on our strategy to provide a value-add to meeting planners, guests and investors.”
The site of the conference centre is located directly behind The LINQ Promenade.
Caesars Forum had secured its first booking with the American School Counselor Association in July 2021, which will include 3,500 attendees from all over the US.
Since then, Caesars Entertainment has contracted more than $70m in conference business for Caesars Forum.
The conference centre, which will be opened in 2020, is expected to create 1,000 construction jobs and more than 450 permanent jobs. The company intends to secure LEED Silver rating for the conference centre.
Caesars Forum will provide direct access via skybridge to Harrah’s Las Vegas and The LINQ Hotel and Casino; be connected by pedestrian bridge to LINQ Promenade and Flamingo Las Vegas; and feature 300,000ft² of flexible meeting space, including two 110,000ft² pillarless ballrooms, two 40,000ft² ballrooms and six modern boardrooms.
Built on one floor for convenient move-in, along with nine easily accessible loading docks, Caesars Forum will accommodate more than 10,000 participants and offer more than 100 break-out rooms.
Caesars Entertainment has hosted more than 1.9 million meeting participants, 1.6 million room nights with 17,300 meetings and events in 2017 alone.
Image: Caesars Entertainment breaks ground on Caesars Forum, a $375m conference centre in Las Vegas. Photo: courtesy of Caesars License Company, LLC.