by Matt Alderton | April 12, 2019
Since opening in Las Vegas in 2003, the Colosseum at Caesars Palace has been the beating heart of entertainment on the Strip thanks to blockbuster residencies by the likes of Celine Dion, Elton John, Bette Midler, Cher, Shania Twain and Mariah Carey. More than 15 years on, however, Caesars Entertainment has determined it's time for the groundbreaking venue to undergo its first major update.
The 4,100-seat Colosseum -- which also is available for meetings and events -- will close for construction in July and reopen in early fall, at which point conference groups and entertainment audiences will find a new, high-tech venue with state-of-the-art capabilities.

Among the planned improvements are refurbished seats, a new VIP area with banquettes for groups of up to 10, a new lobby bar, an upgraded sound system, new moving light fixtures and a first-of-its-kind modular seating capability that will utilize an automated lift system to create a general admission setup on the main floor for events that desire a standing space in front of the stage.

The project's centerpiece, however, will be a massive new LED video screen. At 110 feet long and 34 feet tall, the current screen already is one of the world's largest; the replacement, according to Caesars, will be even larger, with more than double the resolution.

"While we recognize the Colosseum is already top of its class, these changes will allow for more flexibility in our booking process and give us the opportunity to thrill fans with new and diverse offerings," said Jason Gastwirth, president of entertainment for Caesars Entertainment. "Our goal is that these modernizations will excite musical acts with an unparalleled stage experience and guests -- whether dancing in the now available general admission section, enjoying a show in VIP booths with friends or taking in their favorite singer in a more traditional theater setting -- will appreciate the attention to detail we have expanded on for the future of this beautiful venue."

The renovation coincides with a new business arrangement, as well: Since opening, the Colosseum has been operated by AEG Presents. Caesars has opted not to renew AEG's contract and will instead operate the venue in partnership with promoter Live Nation.

"The timing of these enhancements couldn't be better, as Caesars Entertainment and Live Nation now partner to program the Colosseum with a commitment to bring world-class performers to this refreshed, iconic entertainment venue," Gastwirth concluded. "The best seat in Las Vegas just got better."