Caesars Palace

Caesars PalaceCaesars Palace is arguably the best known casino on the Las Vegas strip, and it not only acts as a venue for some of the hottest property in entertainment business, it has also showcased some of the most influential boxers of their time – instead of the Roman gladiators having a go at each other, patrons have enjoyed the likes of Muhammad Ali, Evander Holyfield and Sugar Ray Leonard slugging it out.

The Palace is based on the Emperor Augustus, one of the Caesars, or Kings of the long ago Roman Empire, and it is surely impressive enough to have housed the likes of Cleopatra, Julius and Augustus Caesar. Five towers of 3348 rooms make up the accommodations of this vast complex – individual rooms range in size from 300sq ft for the Classic Guest Room to an astonishing 1 380 sq ft for the ‘Absolut Suite’!

The Palace opened its doors in 1966, and became an immediate hit with the thousands of visitors who flocked to Las Vegas every day. In an effort to attract even more media attention stunts were the order of the day, and in 1967 stuntman Evel Knievel attempted to jump the hotel’s water fountain – he did not succeed, but years later his son, Robbie managed to pull the stunt off without a hitch.

Entertainment

Over the years the owners of Caesars Palace made it there business to attract the biggest stars in entertainment to their precinct. Possibly the best known of these was the enigmatic Frank Sinatra, who performed at the Palace in the 1970’s.

The flamboyant Liberace, George Burns, the fabulous Cher and Celine Dion are other artists who have performed at the 4100 seat Colosseum.

Current entertainers are Elton John, Jerry Seinfeld and ‘The Divine Miss M’, Bette Midler, who has replaced Celine Dion since 2008.

Sport

Caesars Outdoor Arena has hosted several top championship boxing matches. The great Muhammad Ali, Marvellous Marvin Hagler and Roberto Duran all headlined at the Palace, but what is really extraordinary is that for two years in the early 1980’s the car park at Caesars Palace was converted into a Grand Prix race track!

In 1981 and 1982 the Formula One Las Vegas Grand Prix was held at the Palace. Surprisingly the temporary track was impressive by any standards – it was more than wide enough for overtaking, had plenty of desert sand pull off areas, and was as smooth as ice.

The only problems were the intense heat, and the fact that the track went in a counter-clockwise direction. Both variables put an enormous amount of pressure on the driver’s well-being, and surprisingly the numbers of spectators at both events were not pleasing – it was consequently cancelled.