MGM Resorts International said today that its forthcoming dining and entertainment district on the Strip will open April 4.
Called the Park, the district between New York-New York and Monte Carlo is set to debut two days before MGM Resorts’ T-Mobile Arena opens in the same area. The company envisions the Park as a pedestrian-friendly “connective tissue” between the resorts, with restaurants and landscaping that complement the 20,000-seat arena.
“Today’s consumer wants to sample, to experience, to discover — it’s no longer about visiting one resort and staying there,” MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren said in a statement. “With this in mind, we’ve created a neighborhood environment that invites our guests to explore many of our resorts on the Strip’s west side, collecting experiences along the way, with The Park serving as a central gathering space for people to relax, dine and be entertained.”
In the statement, MGM Resorts described the Park as an “authentic oasis” that will allow Strip visitors to enjoy Las Vegas outdoors. Trees and “stunning, trumpet-like shade structures” will provide shelter from the sun, and patio-style seating and “seating alcoves tucked into large planters” will offer areas for resting, the company said.
The Park’s restaurants will include California Pizza Kitchen, Sake Rok, Bruxie, Beer Garden and Shake Shack. Eventually, MGM Resorts also plans to open a new 5,000-seat theater nearby at the Monte Carlo, which could change its name.
With those developments underway, the company is also moving forward with controversial plans to start charging customers for parking at its Strip resorts this year. MGM Resorts announced the policy as part of a $90 million initiative that will also include building a new 3,000-space garage by Excalibur as well as other parking-related investments.