Final tower of famous Riviera Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas is demolished
The demolition of the final tower of the famous Riviera Hotel and Casino took place at 2 am early this morning in Las Vegas.
The 22-storey Monte Carlo Tower was demolished during a controlled implosion that saw an area of the Las Vegas strip being swept with dust as the landmark was reduced to rubble. The 60-year-old resort was closed in May 2015 after being purchased by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.
The Riviera Hotel and Casino was considered by many to be a Las Vegas institution, having featured in movies such as the 1960 Ocean’s 11, Diamonds Are Forever, Casino and The Hangover. Visitors to the hotel over the years included Dean Martin and Liberace.
Plans are in place for the area to be used for the building of the new Las Vegas Convention Centre District project worth an estimated $1.4 billion.
The Riviera’s 24-story Monaco Tower was imploded in June of this year, with spectators invited to watch the process. At that event, President of the LVCVA Rossi Ralenkotter said, “While we bid farewell to a special part of Las Vegas history, we will never say goodbye to what the Riviera has meant to this city and our tourism industry. Instead, we say hello to a critical part of our future as we make way for the Las Vegas Convention Centre expansion”.