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Casino owner planning 'Rock in Rio' site in Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Entertainment developers are announcing plans to build for a 33-acre open-air music venue on the Las Vegas Strip to host a four-day Rock in Rio USA festival beginning next year. MGM Resorts International said Monday the "City of Rock" development to be built between the Circus Circus resort and Sahara Avenue could attract up to 80,000 people per day when it opens in May 2015.

Rock in Rio founder Roberto Medina says he's excited to partner with MGM Resorts, Cirque du Soleil and California developer Ron Burkle.

Plans will need county approval, and cost figures haven't been made public.

Rock in Rio CEO Luis Justo said Las Vegas will hit it big when the event comes to the United States next year.

"Vegas, you know, after all our research, I think it's the perfect match to bring to the biggest music festival in the world with the biggest entertainment city in the world,” Justo said. 

Officials say they're planning five stages, themed streets featuring sights, sounds and foods of Brazil, the U.S. and the United Kingdom, and thrill rides and shopping areas.

The Rock in Rio concerts started 30 years ago and have featured some of the top artists from around the world. The concert set for next month in Lisbon, Portugal will feature the Rolling Stones, Justin Timberlake, Lorde and Arcade Fire.

The event in Las Vegas is expected to draw more than 300,000 over the four days it is scheduled. Tickets go on sale in January of next year, but some reserved tickets are available right now, for a limited time, at

Las Vegas already hosts the Electric Daisy Carnival at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The three-day music and arts festival draws about 100,000 people each day.

The announcement coincides with the S.L.S. Resort moving along on its remodel of the former Sahara Hotel and Casino. The resort has to fill 27 hundred jobs before its grand opening in August.

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