Hail Caesars Forum in Las Vegas!
by Calanit Atia
Caesars Entertainment is breaking ground on Caesars Forum Conference Center, scheduled to open in 2020. The 550,000-sq.-ft. conference facility will feature more than 300,000 sq. ft. of flexible conference space with the two largest pillarless ballrooms in the world–100,000 sq.ft each, equivalent to 27 tennis courts or three ice hockey rinks. In addition, the Forum Plaza will be the first 100,000-square-foot outdoor meeting and event space in Las Vegas.
Built on 20 acres, Caesars Forum will be located with direct access to the LINQ, Harrah’s, and Flamingo hotels offering 8,500 hotel rooms and will be close to all nine of Caesars properties. The Forum Plaza will adjoin the LINQ Promenade featuring shopping, dining and entertainment.
The modern design with natural daylight and a neutral palette will feature endless branding opportunities. According to Michael Massari, chief sales officer of Caesars Entertainment, “The driving concept behind the design is biophilic design. It is about connecting the building to the environment–that is done through natural light, the connection from the indoors to the outside, through all the natural elements, the green that we are having–that is the way–plug into life.”
Since the weather is beautiful most of the year, as an event planner I prefer hosting as many functions as I can hold outside. The plaza area will be a great asset to the project. “The Plaza is the outdoor space connected to the conference center. It will be ideal for breakfast, lunches, receptions and even general sessions,” Massari adds.
General contractors and exhibitors will appreciate the meeting space located on one level, making load-in simple and convenient. “Everyone will have driving access to all four ballrooms and have the ability to drive from any of the ballrooms to the others. People will be able to bring in vehicles into each one of the spaces and then move those vehicles around throughout the space. From that standpoint it makes load in and load out just immensely easier. No one will ever have to move all the gear up and down elevators.”
There is a monorail stop at Harrah’s Las Vegas and it will be included in the overall master plan. Caesars Forum will have a sky bridge, fully enclosed and climate controlled, connecting the facility to Harrah’s and the LINQ hotels. The planners have designed it to be just a three minute walk from the meeting space to the Harrah’s and LINQ hotel’s elevators, which–in comparison to other hotels in Las Vegas– is the shortest of any comparable facility.
Caesars Entertainment has already contracted more than $70 million in conference business, and I predict that this new project will be a great success. Links of Caesars Forum Groundbreaking Video and Construction Live Cam are posted online.
For more info, visit CaesarsMeansBusiness.com and CaesarsForum.com.
Calanit Atia is an Air Force veteran, founder and president of A to Z Events, an award winning event planner, Las Vegas ambassador, social media maven, columnist and speaker. Contact her at Info@AtoZevents.com.
This story originally appeared in the September/October issue of Exhibit City News, p. 22. For more pictures and original layout, visit http://issuu.com/exhibitcitynews/docs/ecnflipbook_septemberoctober_2018_o?e=16962537/64174552