Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010 | 5:18 p.m.
Las Vegas Sands Corp. will open the first phase of its $5.5 billion Marina Bay Sands project in Singapore on April 27, the company announced Tuesday.
The company said it is planning to open more than 960 hotel rooms, part of the shopping mall, convention center, some restaurants and the casino at the resort.
The second phase of the project will include a rooftop park, more retailers, additional dining options, an event plaza and nightclubs, and is scheduled to open June 23 for the resort’s grand opening celebration.
Two theaters will open in October, one showcasing Disney’s "The Lion King" and the other hosting special events and headliners, and the Marina Bay Sands Museum will open in December, the company said.
"Nearly four years ago, we embarked on a journey we believed would define the future of our company and at the same time change the face of tourism in Singapore and the South Asian region for decades to come," Las Vegas Sands Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Sheldon Adelson said in a statement.
Las Vegas Sands had previously announced in July that it expected the first phase of the project to open in February 2010 and the second phase to open in April 2010.
The resort's plan calls for 2,500 rooms, 1.25 million square feet of meeting and convention space, an art and science museum, two theaters and 300 retail shops. The three 55-story hotel towers were topped off in July 2009.
Las Vegas Sands was selected by the Singapore government to build and operate the Marina Bay Sands in May 2006. The resort will be the second resort-casino to open there.