Las Vegas Records and Firsts
The $8.4-billion CityCenter is the most expensive privately funded project in the western hemisphere.
The Palazzo, with 65,000 tons of steel, is the largest steel construction job in America.
The Las Vegas area has grown by 12.2% since the 2000 census and is the Fastest growing Metro area in the US
Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is the nation's most profitable retail center -- generated sales of $1,400 per square foot.
World's largest video display: The Fremont Street Experience is a video screen spanning four city blocks. Positioned 90 feet above Fremont Street, the attraction stretches 1,400 feet and consists of 12.5 million synchronized LED modules, including 180 strobes and eight robotic mirrors per block. It's capable of producing millions of color combinations, animation and video feeds, allowing the display to switch from a swirling ocean setting to a television broadcast in minutes.
World's largest atrium: The Luxor's 30-story atrium measuring 29 million cubic feet can fit 13 Boeing 747 airplanes comfortably.
World's highest thrill rides: The Stratosphere boasts the world's four highest thrill rides; the Big Shot, X Scream, the High Roller roller coaster and Insanity the Ride.
World's largest sign: The free standing Las Vegas Hilton sign in front of the hotel on Paradise Avenue is the largest free standing sign in the world. At 279 feet tall, the sign boasts over six miles of neon and fluorescent lights, a total surface area of more than 70,000 square feet, and it's 40' thick. Think of a 70,000-sq. ft., four-story building on it's end. A larger sign that stood at the same location was blown down during a severe wind storm. While smaller than the original, the new sign is still the largest free standing sign in the world.
World's most expensive resort: At $2.7 billion, the Wynn Las Vegas resort and casino will hold this record for a while.
World's most hotel rooms: Gee, could it be...yes, you guessed it, Las Vegas Metro holds this record. For a city which ranks 30th on the US population scale, this is an impressive record. Last count 1/2007 yielded 132,605 rooms.
World's most convention and meeting space: At over 9 million square feet and 3.5 million more by 2010, no other city comes close.
World's Largest Gentlemen's club The Sapphire club in Las Vegas features "private party rooms" that can accommodate up to 1000 people as well as a 400-seat "showroom" and 13 "VIP Skyboxes"
Worlds Largest glass sculpture: The Fiori di Como is housed in the Bellagio. The colorful ceiling sculpture, which can be seen in the lobby, measures 65' 7" by 29' 6" and was created by Dale Chihuly. It took some 40,000 pounds (about 2,000 pieces) of hand-blown glass.
World's largest ball of string...just kidding
World's Largest single gold nugget: The Golden Nugget displays the world's largest single gold nugget, the "Hand of Faith" which weighs 61 pounds, 11 ounces.
World's Most powerful light beam: (and one of three man-made objects visible from space): The Luxor 's beam comprises dozens of lamps called Xenon lamps, which cost $1,200 each and will last up to 2,000 hours. Each lamp is 7,000 watts. Total, they are 315,000 watts.
World's largest watch store: Tourneau Time Dome in the Forum Shops at Caesars recently was expanded from 1,100 to 17,500 square feet. More than 8,000 timepieces from more than 100 watch brands are showcased inside the store.
Most fountains in a hotel: There are more than 1,000 fountains on the man-made lake at the Bellagio. The fountains, designed by WET Design, shoot water 243 feet in the air.
World's largest slot machine win: What would a Vegas records list be without some mega winnings? On March 21, 2003, a 25-year-old software engineer from Los Angeles won $39,713,982.25 after putting in $100 in the Megabucks slot machine at the Excalibur hotel.
Tallest chocolate fountain: Jean-Philippe Patisserie boasts a first-of-its-kind, 14-foot-tall freestanding fountain (although, in total, it measures 27 feet tall with its mechanics) of melted chocolate. The glass-enclosed, floor-to-ceiling chocolate fountain emerging from the patisserie displays a series of melted chocolate cascades. The fountain is housed in the Bellagio.
Largest bronze sculpture in the United States: The 45-foot-tall lion that stands outside the MGM Grand weighs a hefty 100,000 pounds. It was cast in 1,600 individual pieces of half-inch-thick bronze plate, welded together and supported by an internal steel structure.
Nation's tallest freestanding observation deck: At 1,149 feet, the Stratosphere Tower is the tallest freestanding observation tower in the United States and the tallest structure west of the Mississippi River.
World's largest birthday cake: When Las Vegas celebrated its 100th birthday in May 2005, the city unveiled the world's largest birthday cake -- a 130,000-pound-plus confection that will make the Guinness World Records.
The Imperial Palace on the Las Vegas strip is the nation's first off-airport airline baggage check-in service.