Stardust To Be Imploded March 13th
Boyd Gaming will implode on of the Strip's oldest hotels, the Stardust, on March 13th at 2:30am.
The building is being cleared to make way for Echelon Place, a large casino/retail/hotel development. Workers have been gutting it for the best several months - you can barely recognize the shell of the hotel tower and the distinctive neon sign is long gone, to be preserved at the Neon Museum.
Interestingly, Las Vegas had a net loss of 580 rooms in 2006, due to the closings of the Stardust, Lady Luck and other casinos; it was the first decrease in room inventory since 1992. Another 5,100 rooms are scheduled to come on line in 2007, with 39.3 million visitors predicted.