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Second Riviera Implosion Tonight

John Mehaffey

The second of two Riviera implosions will occur overnight on the Las Vegas Strip.  The 17-story Monte Carlo and 12-story Mediterranean South towers will come down around 2am Tuesday morning, August 16.  The first implosion took down the 24-story Monaco structure on June 14.

The original implosion involved a fireworks show and other features that included lighting the iconic Riviera sign at the top of the Monaco tower for the last time.  No such fanfare is expected tonight.  The Riviera signs atop the Monte Carlo tower were removed when the asbestos was abated from the building.

While the Riviera marquee along the Strip still stands, it is heavily damaged due to the demolition. Many of the working parts of the sign have already been removed.  This includes portions of the neon and one section of the white Riviera lettering.

Where to Watch the Riviera Implosion

The lack of lighting and street closures will make it difficult to watch the implosion tonight.  The Las Vegas Strip will be closed from Convention Center Drive to Sahara Avenue.  Riviera Blvd will also be closed.

The best views will likely come from Circus Circus hotel rooms that face east.  The sidewalk along Convention Center Drive may be another good vantage point.

It is unlikely that the Encore parking deck will provide the same view that it did for the Monaco tower due to the lack of lighting on the site.  The angle from the Springhill Suites parking deck is poor due to the north/south view angle of the Monte Carlo and Mediterranean towers.

June 14 Riviera Implosion Video

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