This isn’t just another February in Las Vegas. The first couple of weeks will include the Super Bowl for the first time.
You may have heard that the Kansas City Chiefs will play the San Fransico 49ers at Allegiant Stadium in the Big Game on Feb. 11. You may not know that the players for both teams cannot gamble while in Las Vegas.
Visitors may also notice that some iconic locations on the Vegas Strip look a little different heading into the Super Bowl. There’s a broadcast stage in front of the Bellagio fountains, Luxor looks like a giant Dorito, and the volcano at The Mirage is a mountain.
Lunar New Year is the day before the Super Bowl and many Las Vegas casinos are decked out with decorations for the holiday. As usual, the Bellagio Conservatory and Botanical Garden display is tops among Las Vegas casino decorations.
Besides the two holidays in the first half of the month (The Super Bowl is a holiday for those who observe) Las Vegas is mostly normal in February. Las Vegas news gets off to a slow start but that only makes the rumor mill of what *might happen this year more active than usual.
— Marc (@MeltzVegas) January 17, 2024
Las Vegas Super Bowl LVIII events
Just about every Las Vegas casino will have Super Bowl watch parties on Feb. 11. A rule of thumb is that parties are less expensive – and even free – when leaving the Vegas Strip.
For example, South Point has a free party with free general admission seating in its ballroom. Guests pay for food and beverages as they wish. Meanwhile, unless someone is attending a casino VIP party on the Vegas Strip there will be a fee to sit anywhere and watch the game.
Arriving early at a casino sportsbook is a thing of the past at many casinos. It will cost as much as $500 per person to reserve a seat at some sportsbooks like Caesars Palace.
The Vegas Big Game group on Facebook is a great resource for finding Super Bowl watch parties in Las Vegas. This group is specifically helpful because many members have been coming to Las Vegas for years and they offer insight not found in most publications.
The NFL has a week of events open to the public for Super Bowl Week. There are several special events scheduled at casinos throughout the week as well.
Here’s a sampling of special events in Las Vegas during Super Bowl Weekend
- Shaq’s All-Star Comedy Jam with D.L. Hughley, Earthquake, and more is at Resorts World on Feb. 9 & 10.
- Wu-Tang Clan begins their limited engagement at Virgin starts on Feb. 9 & 10
- The Black Crowes return to Palms with their special Super Bowl shows on Feb. 9 & 10
- Tom Segura & Bert Kreischer have a show at MGM Grand Garden Arena on Feb. 10.
- Luke Combs BetMGM Bash at The Cosmopolitan on Feb. 12
- Michelob ULTRA Country Club with Lil Wayne and T-Pain at Topgolf at MGM Grand on Feb. 10
Visitors can also catch some of their favorite sports talk radio shows broadcasting in Las Vegas during Super Bowl week.
The Dan Patrick Show is broadcasting live from the pool deck at Fontainebleau from 5-9.
The Dan Le Batard Show With Stugotz show is broadcasting from Stadium Swim at Circa on Feb 8 & 9.
Las Vegas residencies
Many familiar faces are returning to the Las Vegas stages in February. There is one addition to the rotation of limited engagements. New Edition’s first Las Vegas residency will premier at Wynn towards the end of the month.
- Bruno Mars at Park MGM: Feb. 1, 2, 5, 7, 9
- Styx at The Venetian: Feb. 2, 3
- U2 at The Sphere: Feb 2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 15, 17, 18, 23, 24
- Adele at Caesars Palace: Feb. 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24
- Christina Aguilera at The Venetian: Feb. 2, 3,9, 10
- Kelly Clarkson at Planet Hollywood: Feb. 9, 10
- Kool And The Gang at Westgate: Feb. 9, 10
- Barry Manilow at Westgate: Feb: 15, 16, 17, 22, 23, 24
- Chicago at The Venetian: Feb. 21, 23, 24, 28
- New Edition at Wynn: Feb. 28
The Killers are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their debut album Hot Fuss with their first hometown residency at Caesars Palace. The group will play the entire album for 10 shows at The Colosseum.
It appears as though Dead and Company with John Mayer will be the next resident performers at The Sphere. The group will play 14 shows according to the NY Post.
T Pain will begin a limited engagement at Resorts World starting Deb. 8 at Zouk Nightclub. He’ll play three more shows later this year at the nightclub and Ayu dayclub.
Rumors are fun. Some are true from the jump while others just sort of linger without coming to fruition. The Sun is reporting that Christina Aguilera canceled her residency at The Venetian. As of the publishing of this article, the shows are still taking place. Keep your eyes on the news if you’re planning to visit Las Vegas specifically to see XTina.
U2 is performing at The Sphere for The Grammys on Feb 4. This is a good way to check out the venue without dropping big bucks on concert tickets.
A couple of festivals are returning to Las Vegas this year. The first Lovers & Friends show featuring Usher, Janet Jackson, Lil Wayne, and more is sold out but the promoters are working on a second show. You can join the waitlist for tickets.
Las Vegas news and rumors
The new owners of Rio are slowly upgrading the property. They’re currently testing new light effects on the outside of the all-suite hotel. The exterior still needs some daytime TLC but it looks pretty at night.
January ended with some shocking news that the Tropicana will be closing its doors on April 2. We’ve been expecting the news since the A’s targeted this land for a baseball stadium when the team relocates from Oakland.
It’s still surprising to hear about a vintage Las Vegas casino closing to be destroyed. Bally’s, owner of the Tropicana, will have more information on plans soon.
It’s not a coincidence that BetMGM and Caesars have new sports betting apps for Nevada. The Super Bowl is the single-most bet-on event of the year in sports so the updates rolling out make sense.
Planet Hollywood closed the Heart Bar in the center of the casino. The Glass Bar is under construction and will open later this winter. While the look is drastically different there will still be bartop gaming available for guests.
There are a couple of new directives in Las Vegas that should help visitors get around a little easier. One ordinance should remove buskers and others from clogging bridges on the Vegas Strip. The other should reduce the number of street vendors taking up valuable sidewalk space near Las Vegas casinos.
MGM Resorts increased resort fees in its Las Vegas hotels. The $2-$6 increases are modest but you’ll have to add the following required nightly fee to the advertised price of the hotel rooms. The new fees are:
- $37/night at Luxor and Excalibur
- $42/night at New York-New York and Park MGM
- $45/night at MGM Grand (The Signature Tower fee is $42), Mandalay Bay (and Delano)
- $50/night at Aria (and Vdara) Bellagio and The Cosmopolitan
While MGM Resorts didn’t announce a launch date for its partnership with Marriott, the company did release some new information about the deal.
Looking for something new and different on your next visit to Las Vegas? Check out Play Playground at Luxor. This is an adult-friendly place to grab a drink and play oversized games. If nothing else – it’s different!
A lot of restaurant news over the past month
Here’s a quick rundown:
- Blake Shelton’s Ole Red is now open outside of Horseshoe Las Vegas (formerly Bally’s).
- Orla by Michael Mina is now open at Mandalay Bay.
- Whataburger on the Vegas Strip near Aria and Waldorf Astoria opens on Feb. 18.
- The Canteen food hall at Rio is now open. There’s plenty of work still to be done at the casino but this is a good start.
- Koi at Planet Hollywood has closed. Caesars has not announced plans for the next restaurant to fill the space.
- Brasserie B by Bobby Flay is now open at Caesars Palace.
- There’s a Cuban food truck just off the casino floor at Park MGM.