When the details of Caesars Entertainment’s $550 million Linq were announced last week, most people were riveted by what the project promises to bring to Vegas in June 2013: 200,000 square feet of outdoor dining and shopping, a new name and appearance for the Imperial Palace, and a 550-foot sky wheel (Caesars doesn’t want us to say “Ferris,” so … OK) as an anchor.
But when I live-Tweeted news that O’Sheas was going to close in mid-2012 during the construction of Linq, eventually to be rebuilt as part of the no-longer-Imperial Palace, I was greeted by a deluge.
Nooooo! What. About. Beer Pong?
So my first question for Rick Mazer, president of Harrah’s Las Vegas, Flamingo, Imperial Palace, Bill’s Gamblin’ Hall & Saloon and O’Sheas, was: Is he aware of the budding beer pong backlash?
Turns out Mazer knows just how popular beer pong is, and he made pains to assure me that beer pong isn’t going to disappear.
“When we close O’Sheas, it’ll move—either inside Imperial Palace, the Flamingo’s Garden Bar, or the Flamingo’s North Tour Lobby.”
No matter what happens, visitors will still be able to get their beer-pong fix. And after about a year as a movable feast, beer pong will be safely ensconced in a newer, shinier O’Sheas.