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September 2, 2014

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MGM Resorts sets plans for 40-acre recreation park hosting Rock in Rio and more

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Ar artist’s rendering of Rock in Rio USA.

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Roberto Medina at Rock in Rio.

Except for potential parking problems, it should be a smooth zoning-approval process now that MGM Resorts International has set out its plans for the 40-acre outdoor recreation park between Circus Circus and Sahara Avenue.

That’s the site for the MGM-, Cirque du Soleil- and Yucaipa-sponsored Rock in Rio music festival scheduled for next May. MGM’s application covers additional concerts, sporting events (soccer and boxing) and food festivals for the year-round, open-air venue.

MGM’s application indicates that it will have upward of 10,000 people working at the venue handling as many as 85,000 spectators. There are no hotel rooms in the plan, but seating and stages are set up and taken down after each event.

Nearly 8 acres are set aside for taxis, limousines and shuttle buses to a parking lot at the festival grounds opposite the Luxor. Parking space and traffic tie-ups could be the only hiccup.

MGM would like a waiver to avoid using part of the land for 4,000 parking spaces designated for the acreage.

Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.

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