Steve Marcus / Las Vegas Sun
Monday, Dec. 14, 2009 | 8:53 p.m.
The centerpiece of CityCenter — the Aria Resort & Casino — will open Wednesday, marking a day of grand opening celebrations for the $8.5 billion project.
On Monday, the Sun was given a tour of Aria.
The resort will be the fourth building to open within MGM Mirage’s complex, following the openings of Vdara, Crystals and Mandarin Oriental earlier this month.
The 4,004-room resort and casino will feature more than 150,000 square feet of gaming space, a 215,000-square-foot pool area with 50 cabanas and an 80,000-square-foot spa, the largest among MGM Mirage properties.
The resort also will include 10 bars and lounges, and 16 restaurants. Aria will be home to Cirque du Soleil’s newest show, “Viva Elvis,” which takes guests on a trip through Elvis Presley’s life and music, with first performances beginning Friday.
Until Wednesday, VIPs and company executives will be testing the waters at Aria, ensuring the resort is ready for its first public guests.