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M&M Retail Store coming to MOA

Few shopping centres acquire specialized storefronts in the United States other than the Mall of America. This was once again proven with the announcement that the Mars Retail Group will launch an M&M Retail Store, marking their 5th location worldwide. Additional areas include Shanghai, Las Vegas, New York and London. However, a further four locations will open worldwide. Those will include Orlando, Germany, Berlin and Florida.

That’ll bring the total number to nine retail locations, with the Mall of America storefront anticipated to be more than 24,000-square-feet. It’ll be located in the East Marker Neighbourhood in MOA and will open Q4 2020. There’ll be two levels available for consumers to explore, with the Mars Retail Group confirming that this location will honour the Midwestern & Minnesota cultures. These announcements follow after the Mars Retail Group confirmed they’d expand the M&M brand throughout 2020.

The Director of Global Retail for the Mars Group confirmed this storefront on February 1st. He noted that the Mall of America is the perfect location to expand their immersive experiences for consumers, making them a natural partner to fully realize their strategic vision. Maintaining sites in all other jurisdictions in America, entering the Minnesota/Midwestern environment will cover all four corners of the United States. Individuals that cannot wait the potential eleven months for the grand opening can visit the NYC or Las Vegas location today.

New Hotels Opens by Mall of America

Another significant announcement was made regarding the Mall of America. Baywood Hotels confirmed they’d be launching their latest hotel under the Home2 Suites brand. Operated by the Hilton Corporation, this new location will be adjacent to the shopping centre and require less than five months of travelling time to enter various facilities. Those wanting to rent from this hotel chain will experience enhanced amenities, communal areas, and modern suites. There’ll also be an indoor pool, 24-hour fitness centre and outdoor fire pit. Hilton Corp confirmed that this location would also support specialized lobbies and exclusive dining options.

The Home2 Suites – Mall of America location, will be supported with four stories. It’ll be operated and owned under the Baywood Hotels Company, confirming that the Hilton Corporation and Baywood have begun an exclusive partnership. There’ll be 182 rooms available and has plans to gain Metro Blue Line access, which would make travelling to the Mall of America less than two minutes. Those wanting to stay with this hotel chain can start booking by February 11th.

Mall of America Releases Waterpark Details

The Mall of America is continuously upgrading their services, working night and day to appeal towards new consumers. One of the latest ventures to acquire new guests is with the development of an enormous water park, which is being built directly against the gigantic mall. The building plans and zoning laws were approved by the Bloomington City Council, who will now allow for a 330 thousand square foot waterpark to be designed beside Lindau Lane. There will be an adjoining bridge between the mall and this new waterpark, with the total cost expected to range around $250 million. Once it’s completed, it’ll be the largest waterpark built in North America.

Now that this waterpark has been approved, large-scale efforts must be undertaken to renovate individual sections of MOA. The massive park lot located by Lindau Lane on the northside of the mall will be redesigned for the waterpark. This means that new parking facilities will be built underground, with significant parking ramp being modelled for the east side of the waterpark. Subsequently, more than 1700 new parking spaces will be available. Included in these parking facilities will be VIP Locations, where an employee will park your vehicle and take luggage to hotel suites located in the waterpark.

The Bloomington City Council worked a contracting deal with the Mall of America, which enabled the approval to be fast-tracked. The Provident Resources Group is crafting this new waterpark facility. Their located in Louisiana and work as a not-for-profit organization. Tax-Exempt Bonds are being maintained by the Arizona Industrial Development Authority, who will fund the Louisiana-located construction company. The city council provided financial details to reporters, which was surprising.

Taxpayers Wronged

Citizens were shocked that the city council didn’t want property taxes to be paid on this new 330 thousand square feet facility. It suggests that individuals in the committee received a payout from the Mall of America. However, the committee came to their defence by saying that when this facility begins to turn a profit, a 1% tax will be maintained on all funds being earned from the waterpark. Most don’t realize that this could be worth millions in the coming years.

Another way that voters and taxpayers in the City of Bloomington were wronged was with the announcement of the parking ramp and sky bridge connection. Citizens were told that the city would spend $55 million to create these two facilities, with financing coming from the Bloomington Port Authority.

Las Vegas’s Allegiant Stadium

It’s been years since the announcement that the Oakland Raiders would move to Las Vegas. However, it wasn’t known when they would arrive for their first season in Sin City. It was revealed on December 13th that the Raiders would begin their stint with Las Vegas in 2021. The upsetting things for fans are knowing that 2020 is their last official season in Oakland and that the team most likely won’t ever return to their home state. However, that doesn’t mean that Raiders fans don’t have exciting things coming next season.

Their new home season has been in development for two years, and it’s slated to be the most modern facility in the National Football League. This stadium was subtly named the Death Star, with its official title coming as the Allegiant Stadium.

Allegiant Stadium

This new stadium received its official title with the partnership of Allegiant Airlines, a corporation based out of Las Vegas. Raiders fans will receive specialized treatment when travelling with the airline for an Allegiant Stadium matchup. Considering the popularity of this tourist destination, it makes sense that the Oakland Raiders would select a partner that can assist with travelling for home state fans. This deal was additionally the largest ever made within the National Football League.

Local citizens from Las Vegas are concerned with the new stadium, claiming that the increase of tourists in residential areas will prompt tailgating. This new facility will host 65,000 fans per game, with more than 2500 parking spaces. Subsequently, numerous fans will begin drinking and cooking by their vehicles. Allegiant Stadium could, unfortunately, become the new reason for increased crime in Las Vegas, which Raiders Owners hope won’t be the case.

The Allegiant Stadium will be completed by July 31st, 2020. It’s slated that the Raiders won’t begin playing at their new home-base until 2021. However, there is always the chance that delays in the project could make the completion date later than anticipated. Don Webb, the Chief Operating Officer for Allegiant Stadium, noted that there hadn’t been any delays in construction since it began in late 2017.

Six Flag’s Holiday Festivities

The Holiday Seasons are beginning with December 1st right around the corner. This season brings plenty of entertainment opportunities for families across the United States of America. One such place is Six Flags, who decorates the entirety of their park to immerse visitors in an enchanting wonderland based around the Christmas Holiday. All parks located in America operate the Holiday in the Park annual festivities, giving everyone from Buffalo to Florida something to enjoy.

Those that participate in the holiday festivities with Six Flags will see the entire amusement park transform into an atmosphere that compiles millions of dazzling lights and Christmas events. While on rollercoasters, decorations like a snowman or large Christmas trees will be on display. These exciting events began on November 24th and will continue until December 31st, 2019. One of the newest attractions appearing for the Holiday in the Park festivities is the Riverview Carousel, which sees more than ninety thousand illuminated lights appear over 1,350 feet of garland. Attached to this garland are more than 1000 ornaments and 200 illuminated candles. This created a visual experience, unlike any other holiday theme-park nationwide.

Additional Attractions

When arriving at an American theme park, there’s an immediate sense of adventure, especially during the holidays. Another attraction being displayed in various Six Flags across America includes the Pandemonium, which sees a massive swing take players through dangling Christmas lights. It should be noted that this attraction is exclusives to adults and is considered to be the most dangerous ride maintained with Six Flags.

Stepping into the main gate at any six flags across America will see visitors hit with a wave of holiday canopies and lights throughout Main Street. It’s estimated that every park manages more than 100,000 lights throughout the main street. This extends to two million park-wide and multiple Christmas trees throughout the facility. The biggest of which is twenty feet in the centre of Main Street.

Those acquiring some delicious treats while exploring the Six Flags Holiday in the Park festivities can traverse to the Peppermint Plaza. This designated area will provide visitors with dozens of Christmas and Holiday-themed food/threats. After the children have been fed, they can be taken to the North Pole and tell Santa Claus precisely what they want for Christmas. There is even the Santa Soup Kitchen, where children can help Mrs Claus with all her cooking duties. Anyone wishing to experience these events can expect to pay anywhere from $250.00 to $2,000.00 depending on your length of stay.

Resort World Las Vegas Delays Opening

The Las Vegas Strip has continuously changed since the entertainment mecca became famous at the dawn of the 19th century. Now more than a hundred years later, the strip is changing again with the development of a new mega-resort. The Resort World Las Vegas is the next upcoming multibillion-dollar hotel, resort and casino arriving in the Nevada Desert city. However, it was announced today that the development schedule for the new mega-resort has been delayed by several months. This information comes after the Genting Group, a Malaysian-based corporation, revealed upgraded plans for Resort World. These new plans include increasing the capacity, redesigning the property and having a larger budget.

Resort World Las Vegas selected the prior location of Stardust Hotel on the North Strip for their new site. The new hotel has been under construction for more than two years, with original estimations costing the Genting Group $4 billion for the new property. However, with the upgraded plans, that figure has been increased to $4.3 billion. Genting guarantees that Resort World will be the most luxurious and expensive property built in Las Vegas. Additionally, the property is being managed by Scott Sibella. He was the former President and Chief Operating Officer for MGM Grand Hotel, Resort & Casino. He now takes on the role of International Executive and President for Resorts World. This will more than likely bring major fights to the mega-resort, meaning that MGM could be dethroned as the Boxing and UFC hosts in Vegas.

New Upgrades

Scott has also assisted with the development of Resorts World Las Vegas since he joined the team in November. Several noticeable changes are happening to the mega-resort going forward. The first is that the Asian and Chinese theme for the resort will be axed, allowing for Sibella to create a more modern and contemporary theme. This will be similar to the Aria, which is the most popular hotel in Vegas for 2019. Additional changes include the resort building a 5,000-Seat Theatre that could host performances and fights regularly. It’s rumoured that Scott has already begun setting up matches for Resorts World Las Vegas when it opens in late 2020.

There will also be a new nightclub being built for the property, which will be more than 77 thousand square feet. This is meant to appeal to the younger audiences that are beginning to come to Las Vegas. Subsequently, all these upgrades will cost the Genting Group more than $300 million.

Walt Disney World Starts Christmas Festivities

It’s one of the most exciting times of the year for regular attendees of the Walt Disney World. The Wonderful Holiday Wishes Festivities have begun at the Magic Kingdom. This event starts with numerous Christmas-themed fireworks, which can last upwards of thirty minutes. Afterwards, all rides and amenities are opened to the public for the After-Hours Event. These festivities go for twenty-three nights, with the park shutting down for a short period during the holiday season. Those who can’t attend the performances in person can live stream the event from their home.

This year there are four attractions in the Magic Kingdom that are receiving a holiday upgrade for children and parents. The Monsters Incorporated Laugh Floor, Mad Tea Party Ride, Space Mountain Rollercoaster and the Tomorrowland Speedway are the attractions receiving cosmetic updates for the Magic Kingdom. It should be noted that the Animal Kingdom is also changing things up for the holidays, showing a new rendition of the Tree of Life Awakenings Venue. Walt Disney World even announced a new show for the 2019 Season called “Merry Menagerie”. This show will see ten depicted animals in puppet form interact with children at Discovery Island.

Those wanting to vacation at the Walt Disney World for the holiday season can expect the return of Sunset Seasons Greetings. This turns the Hollywood Tower Hotel into the Jingle Bells Resort. Those staying with the Christmas-themed resort can anticipate additional fireworks, projected Christmas films from Disney and Christmas Carolers roaming the grounds. Toy Story Land at the Hollywood Tower Hotel is also redecorated with the most elegant Christmas decorations.

The West Coast

Individuals who want to participate in the Holiday Celebrations at Walt Disney World in Epcot, Florida, can attend the festivities on November 29th. The Festival of the Holidays finishes with the arrival of the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, which begins on the 23rd and ends on the 30th. Parents staying till the 29th can experience some of the greatest wining and dining available worldwide. However, those who aren’t located on the East Coast can also visit Disneyland Resort. The tropical vacation destination has begun their Christmas and Holiday Festivities. Multiple attractions, hotels and venues at the Disneyland Resort have been cosmetically changed for the holiday season.

The best option for fans of Walk Disney Productions living outside of the United States of America is to watch their favourite Christmas films. Notable Disney films like the Santa Claus Series or A Christmas Carol will provide the same magical joy and wonder that Disney is famous for delivering.

Best Casinos in Vegas

For many years Las Vegas has held the idea of wonder and magic, sustained by being an independent state for legal gambling. Thus portraying an image to the world of curiosity and glamour, allure and excitement. It is the kind of place where anything is possible, and casinos are the places to be. Some casinos in this city have managed to create a reputation that is placing them above the rest. These are the best casinos which you would want to visit, and they are all waiting for you to join in the fun in the city set in a desert.

Caesars Palace

Inside the core of this world-famous casino, you will find a sport-lovers delight. This sportsbook section of the casino attracts massive crowds in the 15 580 square foot area during games. The city is equipped with an enormous 138-foot LED display area. This area enables sports betters to be able to follow many sports at the same time. After extensive scale renovations in the area in 2017, sports betters can sit in much more comfort and even order food via an app.

ARIA

ARIA is home to almost 2 000 slot machines set on one of the largest slot-machine floors available on the entire strip and is offering the most selected high-limit slot rooms in the whole state. Especially these high-limit slot rooms which were designed by Peter Marino, an architect from New York, are incredibly alluring. These slot machines have a minimum value of $5 000 per pull. The area also has private bathrooms, an entire staff of butlers ready to serve your every need and a particular area where slot tickets can be exchanged.

The Bellagio

Las Vegas is the city of dreams, and often these dreams get crushed when the harsh reality of life slips into the world of wonder and magic. Often new and upcoming casinos become nothing more than a fleeting memory when dreams are crushed, but one steadfast name which remains popular today still is the Bellagio. Food and drinks are always on hand and so too is ahead or neck massage if needed. The Bobby Room is the exquisite location named after the 1978 World Series Poker Champion, Bobby Baldwin and it is here where the highest stakes are placed.

Golden Nugget

The place where the most excellent variety of games are available is also known as the swankiest venue set in Downtown. At the Golden, Nugget players can indulge in many different options and regularly new additions are added to what is on offer. Often these games are also set-up outside around the pool areas where players can truly appreciate the buzz which is oozing from the streets, illuminated by the glow of the neon lights.

The Best Cities to Visit

Very soon, half of the American nation would be living within states where sports betting, online betting and online gambling sites are legal and available. There remains something special about visiting the right old land-based casino now and then. For some nostalgic revival of the actual gambling experience, here are some of the most fabulous gambling destinations to explore.

Las Vegas, Nevada

This is undoubtedly no surprise to anyone. Las Vegas is not only the most popular city to place your bets in the United States but possibly the world. Las Vegas is home to glitz and glamour, the home to those playing high stakes as well as those losing their life’s savings. It is a place of wonder and magic — home to 15 of the top 25 largest hotels internationally. Las Vegas is a place where dreams come alive.

Reno, Nevada

A fact known to only a few is that Reno was indeed the initial heart of the world of gambling before Las Vegas surpassed it as the gambling capital of the world during the last part of the 20th century. Reno is home to an excess of 20 casinos which include Silver Legacy, Peppermill Hotel Casino and Harrah’s Reno. Along with the gambling scene, Reno is also famous for a very active and entertaining nightlife set within the glow of neon lights.

Atlantic City, New Jersey

Atlantic City is second in the line of largest gambling cities in the United States, only following in line after Las Vegas. Atlantic City is therefore favourably nicknamed as America’s favourite playground and a playground for the daring and wild, the chasers of adrenaline and fun it surely is. The 13 grand casinos and thousands of high-end games, table games and slot machines.

New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans was a prominent role player in the 19th-century American gambling scene. Today it is still a favourite place for many to visit because the streets of New Orleans still hold on to an era of the past, keeping the memories alive. They are filled with nostalgia and reminders of great times on the Mississippi River. The Mississippi River was home to many riverboat casinos, river tours and taking gamblers to the most magnificent attractions.

Palm Springs, California

Where the others on the list hold a form of sweet remembrance of times gone by with a rich and colourful history of gambling and the entertainment associated with it, Palm Springs delivers on a different kind of gambling flair. Palm Springs is one of the newest gambling cities with a relatively recently developed gambling resort. Here visitors will find various types of casino entertainment, table games, slot machines and a true reflection of world-class casino gambling. Palm Springs is home to five large casinos, and many gamblers do indeed consider this is as the most excellent place to place your bets in the entire United States.

New York City Sports Bars – Beer Soaked House of Sports Worshipping

New York City is as much appreciated for its range of super sports bars as it is for its impressive billboards. It simply never gets better than this, whether you’re a soccer, hockey, baseball or football fan, the big city offers plenty of places where you can cheer for your team!

Standings

Should you wish to rate the sports bars in New York City, Standings will get gold, and visually it instantly impresses with the Minnesota wrestling pennants that hang on the wall, next to that is the jets jerseys display. Plus, there is plenty of other sports memorabilia that adds to the atmosphere and makes it the perfect place to take a seat and watch the game on one of eight big screen TVs. Should you require a refreshment, there are the 12 rotating beers on tap, that goes really well with pizza and you are allowed to bring your own food if you wish.

Standings is what any sports enthusiastic would call a serious sports bar and well worth getting excited about, it focusses on the game and keeping everyone happy. It’s been voted the best bar in the city a couple of times and even though it is not a huge bar it has no problem in turning up the volume, once the game starts.

Finnerty’s

Ready to watch the Giants or the 49ers? Finnerty’s is the place you need. It is a great sports bar located in the best spot possible for take-out food lovers. Many of the fast foods around the pub remain open till late to offer pub-goers a variety of food since Finnerty’s have no kitchen and only focusses on sports.

Tons of TV’s ensures that everyone can watch the game, which is most of your visit, apart from having a few beers. If you’re a pizza lover, both Joe’s Pizza and Han Dynasty is right there, while Finnerty’s features on every list of top NYC sports bar’s.

Hair of the Dog

Located in Orchard-street, it is often the bars title that first gets the attention of the crowd, but once you’ve been, you’ll know why it’s packed during games and weekends. It’s a fun place with TV screens all around, and sports devotees can be assured of special prices on beers during the game and afterwards.

Hair of the Dog also serves pub food, and the favourites are the French Toast Sticks and Pizzadilla. If you not a keen sports fan you might want to give this one a miss as the crowd don’t hold back when it comes to cheering on their team. The barmen love playing tricks and often encourage customers to order coffee, so they get to spike it a bit. Monday’s all beers are half the price, and on Sunday’s you get half-priced Bloody Marys to recover from the match, or if you up to it, you can also have a few beers at half the price. 

Eat Wings & Watch Your Favourite Sport at Buffalo Wings

The ultimate place to watch sports and enjoy the company of great friends in America is Buffalo Wild Wings. The sports bar and casual restaurant are franchised all across America, India, Canada, the Philippines, United Arab Emirates, Vietnam, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and Panama. It is almost impossible to list all the locations as in mid-June 2017 there were Buffalo Wild Wings sports bars in over 1,300 locations.

Sports Wagers & Wings

A special gameday menu is available which includes themed items such as the craft or import talls offering sports fans a choice of flavours such as the Angry Orchard Crisp Apple Cider, Lagunitas IPA and the Samuel Adams Boston Lager. For those ready to order a Gameplay Pitcher, the options include Coors Light or Bud Light. Yet all the focus is normally on the big screens showing football or other sports. TV screens showing matches is placed on all the walls, and the place can get loud as fans cheers on their favourite team.

Yet, Buffalo Wild Wings was ready in August 2018 to take the current experience it offers sports fans to the next level. CNN reported that the DraftKings felt that legal sports betting could bring innovation and started exploring the opportunity to offer its sports fans wagering since the Supreme Court finally agreed to legalise sports betting in the states.

Sports Betting Legalized in Three States

Sports betting was legalized at the time in three states which includes Mississippi, Delaware and New Jersey since the ruling that took place in May, while previously sports betting was only legal in Nevada. At the same time, many of the other states were keen on the idea of legalizing sports with the hope of gaining funds from the multi-billion sports betting industry.

 Buffalo Wild Wings feels, as the largest sports bar in the USA they are in a unique position to enhance their restaurant experience for all guests. This is also the reason why they are seriously exploring the options of adding sports betting services to their already extended menu.

Online Sports Betting Boom

Much of the sports betting boom following the legalization in some states are expected to take place online, especially since most individuals make use of mobile services. This means most of the visitors to Buffalo Wild Wings will watch the sports event on the big screens and make bets in any case via their mobile devices.

The restaurant chain is exploring options, should they be able to add sports betting services for individuals to add money to their account at any one of the restaurants and to use it for betting purposes at any of the Buffalo Wild Wing restaurants. The main purpose is to increase foot traffic and provide guests with all the services they’d expect to find at a top sports bar. Buffalo Wild Wings now belongs to the privately held Arby’s after it was purchased for $2.9 billion in 2018.