Wednesday, June 18, 2014 | 6 p.m.
2013 AFL season highlights
Las Vegas will get a new Arena Football League expansion team in time for the 2015 season. Hometown rocker Vince Neil, now away starting the final farewell Motley Crue tour, has won approval from AFL officials and rival team owners to “build a Las Vegas team from scratch.”
The AFL previously had the Las Vegas Gladiators here from 2003-2007 and the Las Vegas Sting in the 1994-95 season. I learned from East Coast league sources Tuesday night that Vince, who is one of the owners of the Jacksonville Sharks, got the go-ahead last week. I reported rumors of a deal on April 21.
Vince now be able to look for an arena home and select uniforms and cheerleaders for the team. The AFL, founded in 1987, is the highest level of professional indoor American football in the United States as the third-longest-running pro football league in North America.
There are 14 U.S. teams divided in two conferences, which each have two divisions. They play a 20-week regular-season schedule that starts every March and runs weekly through late August. Each team has a 20-man active roster with eight players on the field, which is 50 yards long and 85 feet wide. Goalposts are 9 feet wide with a crossbar height of 15 feet.
Games are divided into four 15-minute quarters with a 12-minute halftime. Average attendance has been about 13,000 per game. CBS Sports has been the league’s national broadcast partner the past two years, with ESPN added this year.
Vince has already asked for AFL approval of Las Vegas Outlaws as the team’s name to join other clubs such as the Arizona Rattlers, Portland Thunder, L.A. Kiss, New Orleans VooDoo and Pittsburgh Power. Playoffs for 2014 are underway with Arena Bowl 27 set with ESPN coverage on Aug. 23.
SECRET $100K GIFT: Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham kicked off his new residency deal at Planet Hollywood with an extraordinary goodwill gesture that was supposed to be kept secret.
Upon arrival here to become the newest member of the community, he learned about Metro Police Officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo slain in the recent shooting at CiCi’s Pizza.
He decided to quietly and anonymously donate $50,000 and challenged his new show partners at AEG Live, Planet Hollywood for Caesars Entertainment and Base Entertainment, which owns the Planet Hollywood theater lease, to match the amount. And they did! So without any press hullaballoo, Jeff anonymously and quietly gave $100,000 to the fund for the officers.
My Q+A with Jeff was posted this morning, and I promise you that he made absolutely no mention of his generous gift. What a great way to show love for your new hometown. Tickets for his new residency at Planet Hollywood starting in November go on sale today.
ANOTHER ANNIVERSARY: The amazing hip-hop dance crew the Jabbawockeez will celebrate the first anniversary of their show “Prism” at their Luxor theater next Thursday, June 26. They also have signed on to perform between competition rounds of the World Hip-Hop Dance Championships at Orleans Arena on Aug. 10.
They Jabbawockeez reunite with Lil Mama, who was a judge all seven seasons of MTV’s hit “America’s Best Dance Crew” — the Jabbawockeez won Season 1. The actress and rapper will perform with her own crew of dancers and serve as a judge.
BACK ON TOUR: It’s official that former Flamingo headliner for the past 10 years George Wallace is going back on tour. George has signed on with powerhouse New York-headquartered Universal Attractions Agency and hits the road this summer and fall with cross-country dates.
Universal was founded in 1949 and was the exclusive agency for James Brown’s incredible 21-year touring career.
Paris Hilton was at hair guru Michael Boychuck’s salon Color in Caesars Palace prepping for her weekend Electric Daisy Carnival appearances at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Six-time Grammy winner Dr. Dre was at Hakkasan in MGM Grand to celebrate the birthday of his wife Nicole Threatt before heading upstairs to the nightclub for DJ Steve Aoki’s set, where he partied until nearly 3 a.m.
“Basketball Wives” reality TV star Evelyn Lozado celebrated daughter Shaniece’s 21st birthday at Tao in the Venetian in a group that included comedian Michael Yo (“Chelsea Lately”) While in town, Chelsea and her castmates partied at Marquee in the Cosmopolitan after her two nights of back-to-back standup shows at nearby Chelsea.
Rap legend and new Las Vegas resident Snoop Dogg also was at Marquee after relaxing in a dayclub cabana with DJs Dash Berlin and Cash Cash.
Strip stars will turn out in force at Lounge at the Palms to salute the heroics of one of their own in his return from a complicated hospital stay.
Madeon spins at Surrender in Steve Wynn’s Encore ahead of his EDC stints.
Nicky Romero is behind the dueling decks at Light in Mandalay Bay.
William Shatner slows down from warp speed to bring his one-man enterprise to MGM Grand so that we can live in his world for the weekend. Plus we’ll preview the three-day EDC at LVMS with weddings and online video of DJs and attractions.
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Transport yourself to the opulent and excessive Roman Empire at Caesars Palace. But the ever-changing Caesars Palace is far from ancient. The hotel and casino is constantly raising the bar for what visitors can expect in a Vegas resort experience.
Caesars Palace features 3,348 rooms and suites in five towers, including the new luxury boutique Nobu Hotel and Restaurant, which opened Feb. 4, 2013, in the totally remodeled Centurian Tower. Caesars features 129,000 square feet of gaming space, including the Strip’s largest poker room and a 250-seat sports book. Other amenities include about two dozen restaurants, a four-level shopping mall, four pools, a spa, Pure and Poetry nightclubs and Pussycat Dolls.
Dining options include restaurants from world-renown chefs Guy Savoy, Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay and, on Feb. 4, 2013, Nobu Matsuhisa.
You never know what characters you’ll run into at Caesars with regular performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Bette Midler, Elton John and maybe even the emperor himself.
Catering to the young and modern crowd, Planet Hollywood is a one-stop shop for entertainment with its massive shopping mall, slew of restaurants, spacious casino and clubs.
The ambiance of the casino is retro-chic meets high-tech with black granite floors throughout and colorful LED lights throughout the space. The theme carries into the 100,000 square-foot casino with 250 flat screens topping off slot machines. The casino is also home to 87 tables, a sports book and a poker room.
There's also the Miracle Mile Shops, one Vegas' largest malls, with 140 stores including BCBG Max Azaria, bebe, Urban Outfitters and The Discovery Channel Store.
Following an afternoon of shopping, guests can satisfy their appetites at one of the gourmet restaurants in Planet Hollywood, like the non-traditional approach to steakhouses at Strip House or check out the exotic Far East motif at KOI restaurant and lounge. And if guests are still looking for more, they can spend the after hours at Privé, Triq or Krave nightclubs.
Perhaps one of the resorts biggest attractions came in March with the addition of "Peepshow." The naughty twist on the story of Little Bo Peep is modern-day spin on the run-of-the-mill Vegas topless review. The "Peepshow" stage has seen visiting celebs like Scary Spice Mel B, "Dancing with the Stars" Kelly Monaco and Playboy's Holly Madison.