2000-Date Did You Know Las Vegas

Las Vegas in the New Millennium: A City Redefined

Las Vegas Has No Limits On Dreams

Enter the new millennium of Las Vegas, spanning from 2000 to 2023, where the city redefines itself yet again. This era witnesses unprecedented growth, with groundbreaking developments in hospitality, entertainment, and technology. Each fact unveils a facet of Las Vegas's remarkable ability to innovate and adapt, showcasing how it continues to captivate the imagination of visitors worldwide. From awe-inspiring resorts to cutting-edge entertainment venues, experience the evolution of a city that never stops dreaming.

The Continuous Reinvention of Las Vegas

Discover how Las Vegas continuously reinvents itself, embracing the future while honoring its storied past. This journey through the 21st century highlights not only the city’s architectural marvels and entertainment breakthroughs but also its emergence as a diverse cultural and sporting destination. After exploring this vibrant era, circle back to earlier chapters (1899 and older, 1900-1949, and 1950-1999) to fully appreciate the mosaic of experiences that make Las Vegas a city like no other.


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2006: The Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower completed a $20 million renovation.
2007: The Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino completed a major renovation.
2008: The Cannery Casino Resorts was acquired by Millennium Gaming.
2009: The Town Square, an open-air shopping center, opened south of the Strip.
2010: The first Las Vegas Restaurant Week took place, benefiting Three Square.
2011: The first major league soccer match was played in Las Vegas.
2012: Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh launched the Downtown Project, a revitalization effort.
2013: The Downtown Grand, a boutique hotel, opened in the former Lady Luck Hotel space.
2014: The Linq Promenade, an open-air shopping and entertainment district, opened.
2015: The first NHL Awards ceremony was held in Las Vegas.
2016: The Asian-themed Lucky Dragon Hotel and Casino opened near the Strip.
2017: The first major eSports arena, the Esports Arena Las Vegas, opened at the Luxor.
2018: The Park MGM, a rebrand of the Monte Carlo, opened its doors.
2019: The MSG Sphere at The Venetian, a state-of-the-art entertainment venue, began construction.
2020: The Area15 entertainment complex, offering immersive experiences, opened.
2021: The Las Vegas Convention Center completed a major expansion project.
2000: The first National Hockey League game was played in Las Vegas.
2001: The Guggenheim Hermitage Museum opened at The Venetian.
2002: The Palms Casino Resort opened, attracting a younger, hipper crowd.
2003: The first Life is Beautiful festival was held, combining music, food, and art.
2004: The Las Vegas Bowl moved to the newly renovated Sam Boyd Stadium.
2005: The first Vegas Music Summit, focusing on the music industry, was held.
2006: The first Vegas Uncork’d, a major culinary festival, was launched.
2007: The opening of the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino.
2008: The first Vegas Valley Comic Book Festival was held.
2000: The opening of the Venetian’s Gondola Rides, offering a taste of Venice on the Strip.
2001: The debut of the Blue Man Group show at the Luxor Las Vegas.
2002: The opening of the prestigious Palms Casino Resort, known for its nightlife.
2003: The debut of “Le Rêve,” an aquatic show, at Wynn Las Vegas.
2004: The opening of the Las Vegas Monorail, connecting major hotels on the Strip.
2005: The launch of “Viva Vision,” the world’s largest video screen, at the Fremont Street Experience.
2006: The opening of the Red Rock Resort, a luxury hotel in Summerlin.
2007: The completion of the Hoover Dam Bypass Bridge, enhancing access to Las Vegas.
2008: Crystals, a high-end shopping center at CityCenter, opened.
2009: The opening of the Aria Resort & Casino, a centerpiece of the CityCenter complex.
2010: The debut of the Vdara Hotel & Spa, an all-suite, non-gaming hotel at CityCenter.
2011: The opening of The Mob Museum in Downtown Las Vegas.
2012: The Smith Center for the Performing Arts, a cultural hub, was inaugurated.
2013: The opening of the Downtown Grand, a boutique hotel in the heart of Downtown.
2014: The opening of the Delano Las Vegas, a luxury all-suite hotel.
2015: The introduction of the LINQ Promenade, a shopping, dining, and entertainment district.
2016: The T-Mobile Arena, a state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venue, opened.
2017: The first driverless shuttle service for public use began operation in Las Vegas.
2018: The debut of the Vegas Golden Knights, the city’s first major professional sports team.
2019: The opening of the KAOS nightclub and dayclub at the Palms Casino Resort.
2020: The opening of Allegiant Stadium, the new home of the Las Vegas Raiders.
2021: The launch of Area15, an immersive entertainment and art complex.
2000: The Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art opened, bringing world-class art exhibitions to the Strip.
2001: The introduction of the first ultra-luxury villas at the MGM Grand.
2002: The opening of Wynn Las Vegas, a luxurious resort and casino on the Strip.

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2000: The Aladdin Resort & Casino reopened with a new Arabian Nights theme.
2001: The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino expanded with the opening of the Venetian Tower.
2002: The Bellagio completed a $375 million expansion, adding more luxury rooms.
2003: The first “Life is Beautiful” music and arts festival took place in Downtown Las Vegas.
2004: The opening of Wynn Las Vegas, a $2.7 billion resort and casino.
2005: The first season of the hit TV show “Las Vegas” aired.
2006: The famous Stardust Resort and Casino was closed and imploded.
2007: The Palazzo, Las Vegas’ tallest completed building, opened.
2008: CityCenter, a massive mixed-use urban complex, began construction.
2009: The opening of the M Resort Spa Casino in Henderson.
2010: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas opened, featuring a modern, upscale design.
2011: The first Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) in Las Vegas was held.
2012: The famous Smith Center for the Performing Arts opened.
2013: The world’s tallest observation wheel, The High Roller, was completed.
2014: The Downtown Container Park, an open-air shopping center, opened.
2015: Las Vegas welcomed a record 42 million visitors.
2016: The T-Mobile Arena, a new sports and entertainment venue, opened.
2017: The Vegas Golden Knights, the city’s first major league sports team, played their debut season.
2018: The Las Vegas Raiders announced their move to the city.
2019: The first underground people mover by Elon Musk’s The Boring Company was announced.
2020: Allegiant Stadium, the new home of the Las Vegas Raiders, officially opened.
2021: Resorts World Las Vegas, the first new resort built on the Strip in a decade, opened.
2000: The Neon Museum, showcasing Las Vegas’ historic signs, opened its doors.
2001: The first Las Vegas Monorail system began operation.
2002: The first luxury high-rise condos, Turnberry Place, were completed.
2003: The Las Vegas Art District, also known as 18b, began to take shape.
2004: The first First Friday Art Walk took place in the Arts District.
2005: The Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa opened in Summerlin.
2006: The famous Fremont Street Experience completed a major renovation.
2007: The iconic New York-New York Hotel & Casino celebrated its 10th anniversary.
2008: Encore Las Vegas, an extension of Wynn Las Vegas, opened its doors.
2009: The Aria Resort and Casino, a centerpiece of CityCenter, was inaugurated.
2010: The Vdara Hotel & Spa, a non-gaming hotel, opened at CityCenter.
2011: The Mob Museum, officially the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, opened.
2012: The world’s first Nobu Hotel opened inside Caesars Palace.
2013: The LINQ, a shopping, dining, and entertainment district, opened on the Strip.
2014: The Delano Las Vegas, a luxury all-suite hotel, opened.
2015: The first major outdoor pedestrian mall, The Park, opened on the Strip.
2016: The Lucky Dragon Hotel and Casino, Las Vegas’ first casino resort designed from the ground up to create an authentic Asian cultural and gaming experience, opened and then closed in 2018.
2017: The first phase of the Wynn Plaza shopping complex opened.
2018: The MGM Grand completed a major renovation of its main tower rooms.
2019: The KAOS nightclub and dayclub opened at the Palms, featuring the largest pool in Las Vegas.
2020: The Circa Resort & Casino, the first adults-only resort in Las Vegas, opened.
2021: Virgin Hotels Las Vegas opened, replacing the former Hard Rock Hotel.
2000: The Mandalay Bay Convention Center, one of the largest privately owned and operated convention centers in the world, opened.
2001: The Green Valley Ranch Resort & Spa, a luxury boutique hotel, opened in Henderson.
2023: The Durango Casino and Resort opened, December 5.
2003: The first edition of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Marathon was held.
2004: The Springs Preserve, a 180-acre cultural institution, opened to the public.
2005: The Las Vegas Monorail expanded to the Sahara Hotel.


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