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The Mirage hotel-casino on Las Vegas Strip to close this summer on July 17

LAS VEGAS– The iconic Mirage hotel and casino on the Las Vegas Strip will close its doors this summer, the end of an era for a property credited with helping transform Sin City into an ultra-luxury resort destination.

The July 17 closing will pave the way for major renovations and construction on the 80-acre property, which will reopen in 2027 as Hard Rock Las Vegas, with a guitar-shaped hotel tower rising nearly 700 feet above the heart. Of the band.

“We would like to thank the Las Vegas community and team members for warmly welcoming Hard Rock after 34 years at the Mirage,” Jim Allen, president of Hard Rock International, said in a statement Wednesday announcing the closure.

This will be the second time this year that a Strip casino has closed its doors. The Tropicana Las Vegas closed its doors in April after 67 years to make way for a $1.5 billion baseball stadium, planned to become the future home of the Oakland A’s that is currently being relocated.

Developed by former casino mogul Steve Wynn, the Polynesian-themed Mirage opened as the Strip’s first megaresort in 1989, sparking a building boom on the famous boulevard in the 1990s.

Its volcanic fountain was one of the first sidewalk attractions, preceding the Venetian canals and dancing fountains of the Bellagio. It was known as a place where tourists could see Siegfried and Roy taming white tigers or a Cirque du Soleil act to a Beatles soundtrack.

The final curtain for the Beatles-themed show, which brought together Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr for public appearances throughout its 18-year run, will also fall in July.

Hard Rock International announced Wednesday that more than 3,000 employees would be laid off and that it planned to pay them $80 million in severance packages.

The Culinary Workers Union, which represents many types of casino and hotel workers, did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the closure.

The Mirage became the first property on the Strip to be managed by a Native American tribe in 2022, after Hard Rock International, which is owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, purchased it from MGM Resorts in an all-cash deal worth nearly $1.1 billion.

Hard Rock said at the time that the property would remain open and operate under the Mirage brand for several years while renovation plans were finalized.

The Mirage is not accepting any reservations after July 14 and has stated that any reservations after this date will be canceled and refunded.

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