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by Leo Jakobson | January 26, 2016
MGM Resorts International has announced that The Park, its outdoor entertainment district on the Las Vegas Strip, will open on April 4.

Set between the New York-New York Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, Monte Carlo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, and the new, 20,000-seat T-Mobile Arena, The Park will feature a number of dining venues, roving live musicians and entertainers, and a wide variety of common spaces for sitting and strolling set among salvaged, mature trees, local desert flora, and 50-foot shade structures that turn into LED digital light shows at night. It will also feature a number of water features, including a 100-foot water wall stretching the length of the entrance.

"It's no longer about visiting one resort and staying there," says Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International. "With this in mind, we've created a neighborhood environment that invites our guests to explore many of our resorts on the Strip's west side, collecting experiences along the way, with The Park serving as a central gathering space for people to relax, dine and be entertained."

The company adds that The Park is "inspired by the iconic plazas, promenades and squares that have served as important public gathering destinations within the world's great cities throughout history. The Park will offer an array of common spaces for socializing, relaxing, exploring and sampling the surrounding tastes, sights and sounds."

As for the dining options, MGM Resorts says they will be integrated into the park-like atmosphere, "not unlike the small cafes and bistros that spill onto iconic promenades. Clusters of casual restaurants and bars with outdoor seating will open each resort to The Park creating a colorful patio ambiance." 

These will include:

 • New York restaurateur Danny Meyer's homage to the roadside burger stand, Shake Shack.

 • An outpost of celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck's California Pizza Kitchen.

 • Bruxie, a "fast-casual, gourmet waffle restaurant" from Orange County, CA.

 • An "unpretentious Beer Garden" offering "vantage points of all The Park's activity," as well as "sustainably raised farm-to-table meats, an impressive regional craft brew list, live music and, bocce ball, darts and outdoor ping pong."

 • Sake Rok, offering sushi, japanese cuisine and a private sake label, will "transform into a high-profile social dining extravaganza, immersing guests in an experience ... inspired by Japan's vibrant pop culture and fashion movements. Interactive servers will invite guests to partake in restaurant-wide sake bombs while doubling as entertainers, spontaneously breaking into dance and lip-sync serenades."

The T-Mobile Arena will open two days later, on April 6, with a concert by The Killers. A newly announced, 5,000-seat theater at the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino, also overlooking the park, will open at the end of 2016.