Las Vegas says a bittersweet goodbye to an icon!
At 2:35 a.m., June 13, the Monaco Tower at the Riviera Hotel and Casino came crashing down. The 24-story building was destroyed to make room for additional parking for the Las Vegas Convention Center. That’s right. Parking.
The Riviera isn’t the first major Las Vegas casino to be demolished. Famed venues like the Stardust, the Aladdin, and the Dunes also fell victim to the loving embrace of demolition teams. The property these once-glorious hotels sat on was worth far more then the hotels themselves. Hence, out with the old and in with the new!
True to Vegas’ style, these golden ladies of yesteryear get the sendoff they deserve. Crowds gather for the events, fireworks light the sky, and everyone cheers as the buildings come crashing down. There was even live music and a refreshment tent for the revelers.
These events are so publicized and notorious that they even find their way into mainstream media. You might recall this scene from “Mars Attacks:”
That’s the former Landmark Hotel and Casino’s actual demolition being used as footage for the film. So, yeah, these things are kind of a big deal. Especially to local residents.
Former Nevada Gov. Bob Miller reminisced on his youth and the days he spent working at the Riviera pool as a lifeguard. Local woman Michelle Draucker is a implosion junkie. She and her friends wait for the big moment together. In their own words: “Watching on TV is nothing like seeing it in person.” They’ve come to feel it, they claim.
— Rachel Crosby (@rachelacrosby) June 14, 2016
The streets closest to the venue were closed to foot and vehicle traffic and the go ahead was given. The controlled explosions worked beautifully, and the whole thing went off without a hitch. No surprise there, as Vegas has been doing this for a while and has it down pat!
Enjoy the show!