LAS VEGAS (NEWSnet/AP) — The Mirage hotel-casino on Las Vegas Strip will close this summer.

The July 17 closure will clear the way for major renovation and construction on the 80-acre property, which is to reopen in 2027 as Hard Rock Las Vegas.

“We’d like to thank the Las Vegas community and team members for warmly welcoming Hard Rock after enjoying 34 years at The Mirage,” said Jim Allen, chairman of Hard Rock International.

Developed by former casino mogul Steve Wynn, The Mirage opened in 1989 with a Polynesian theme as the Strip’s first mega-resort. It spurred a building boom on the boulevard throughout the 1990s.

It was known as a venue where tourists could see Siegfried and Roy taming white tigers or a Cirque du Soleil act set to a soundtrack of songs by The Beatles.

Hard Rock International said more than 3,000 employees will face layoff and it expects to pay $80 million in severance.

In 2022, The Mirage became the first Strip property to be run by a Native American tribe, after Hard Rock International, which is owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, purchased it from MGM Resorts.

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