Riviera implosion scheduled

Riviera CasinoThe first of two Riviera hotel tower implosions, in this case the Monaco Tower, is set for a pre-dawn hour Tuesday morning, about 2 a.m. if the weather is right.

The hotel closed May 15 after 60 years to make way for whatever the new owners of the property – the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority – put there.

A second Riviera tower is to be imploded later this year but the timing of that event has not been set yet. The Riviera was an architectural mish-mash of separate towers and units assembled over the years by different owners.

The Riviera acreage has recently been discussed as a possible site for the proposed 65,000-seat domed stadium that could become the new home of the Oakland Raiders. But the original Authority plan called for the site to provide additional convention and meeting space.

Businesses with a good view of the Las Vegas Strip have proven their ability to sponsor the festivities that turn implosions into must-see events. Some of them have even been touting their food and drink specials.

When Steve Wynn imploded the Dunes in 1993 to make way for the Bellagio he added enough extra fuel to turn the implosion into an event that made national television.

Phil Hevener has been writing about the Nevada gaming business for more than 30 years. Email: .

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