Famed Tropicana Las Vegas resort closing to make room for new baseball stadium

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The iconic Tropicana Hotel on the Las Vegas strip will close its doors to make way for a new $1.5 billion Major League Baseball stadium.

One of Las Vegas' longest-standing and most historic hotels is shuttering its doors after nearly 67 years to make room for a new Major League Baseball stadium. Tropicana Las Vegas closed on Tuesday, just shy of its 67th. anniversary. Demolition is slated for October to make room for a $1.5 billion Major League Baseball stadium. The hotel, which opened on the iconic Las Vegas strip on April 4, 1957, was nicknamed the 'Tiffany of the Strip' for its opulence.

By the 1970s, federal authorities investigating mobsters in Kansas City would charge more than a dozen mob operatives with conspiring to skim nearly $2 million in gambling revenue from Las Vegas casinos, including the Tropicana. Charges connected to the Tropicana alone resulted in five convictions. In 1959, the Tropicana debuted a risqué show which featured topless feathered showgirls. The cabaret was featured in the 1964 Elvis Presley film 'Viva Las Vegas.

portion of 'The Godfather' was filmed at the Tropicana and in the 1971 film 'Diamonds Are Forever,' James Bond stays there. 'I hear that the Hotel Tropicana is quite comfortable,' Bond said. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

 

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