The Riviera Hotel and Casino is no more…but, at least in went out in style.
The 24-story Monaco Tower of the Las Vegas Strip hotel was demolished around 2:30 a.m. with a series of explosions to take it down – but only after some fireworks…’cuz you know, Vegas!
“The Riv” closed in May 2015 after 60 years on the northern end of the Strip.
The new owners of the former resort, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, spent $42 million to level the 13-buildings of the Riviera. The next tower to come down, the Monte Carlo Tower, will be imploded in August.
The Riviera was purchased last year for $182.5 million, plus $8.5 million in related transaction costs, with the plan being to expand the Las Vegas Convention Center onto the property.
Here is is from another angle: