Caesars Palace is a casino hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada. A part of Caesars Entertainment (formerly Harrah's Entertainment), it is the corporation's most well known property.
Caesars Palace opened on August 5, 1966. With fountains and pools and employees in Roman-themed uniforms, it was an immediate hit and set the standard for the theme hotels that are so common in Las Vegas today.
Of the $25 million spent on the Caesars Palace, $1 million went to a gala three-day long grand opening party that had a guest list of 1,800. Over two tons of filet mignon were served along with 300 pounds of crabmeat, 30,000 fresh eggs, 50,000 glasses of champagne, the largest (for the time) Alaskan King Crab ever served and the largest order of Ukrainian caviar ever bought by a private organization.
Caesars Palace has sister casino hotels in Atlantic City, New Jersey, (Caesars Atlantic City) and Windsor, Ontario (Caesars Windsor). A previous sister casino hotel in Lake Tahoe, Nevada, (Caesars Tahoe), is now MontBleu Resort Casino & Spa.
Boxing at Caesars Place
The first boxing event held at Caesars Palace was a dual amateur meet between the United States and Soviet Union on October 25, 1969. The United States won six matches to five.
Caesars Palace hired former World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis as a greeter in 1970. He was paid $50,000 a year to shake hands, sign autographs and pose for pictures with the casino hotel's guests. Louis died on April 12, 1981. The night before he passed, Louis was ringside for Larry Holmes vs. Trevor Berbick at the Caesars Palace Sports Pavilion. His funeral was held at the Caesars Palace Sports Pavilion on April 17. As a tribute to Louis, a marble statue of the former World Heavyweight Champion stands outside the Race & Sports Book at Caesars Palace.
Caesars Palace hired former World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis as a greeter in 1970. He was paid $50,000 a year to shake hands, sign autographs and pose for pictures with the casino hotel's guests. Louis died on April 12, 1981. His funeral was held at the Caesars Palace Sports Pavilion five days later. (The night before he passed, Louis was ringside for Larry Holmes vs. Trevor Berbick at the Caesars Palace Sports Pavilion.) As a tribute to Louis, a marble statue of the former World Heavyweight Champion stands outside the Race & Sports Book at Caesars Palace.
The first professional fight sponsored by Caesars Palace was Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Bugner. It took place at the Las Vegas Convention Center on on February 14, 1973.
George Foreman vs. Ron Lyle was held at the newly constructed Caesars Palace Sports Pavilion on January 24, 1976. The armory-styled building had a seating capacity of about 4,500 and was located behind the tennis courts.
For Larry Holmes vs. Muhammad Ali on October 2, 1980, Caesars Palace constructed a temporary 24,790-seat outdoor arena in the parking lot. It was the first of many fights that Caesars Palace would hold in a temporary stadium.
Caesars Palace started to hold some of its big fights at the indoor Thomas & Mack Center in the mid-1990s. Located on the campus of UNLV, the arena has a capacity of 19,522 for boxing.
The Caesars Palace Sports Pavilion was demolished in 1998. After that, lower-profile fights, such as Shane Mosley vs. Shannan Taylor, were held at the 2,800-seat Palace Ballroom inside the casino hotel.
Wladimir Klitschko vs. DaVarryl Williamson was held at Caesars Palace's new outdoor 4,000-seat Roma Plaza Amphitheatre on October 2, 2004. The Roman Plaza Amphitheatre is situated in front of Caesars Palace.
Some fights that took place at the Caesars Palace Sports Pavilion:
- George Foreman vs. Ron Lyle (1976 Ring Magazine Fight of the Year)
- Roberto Duran vs. Esteban DeJesus III
- Larry Holmes vs. Earnie Shavers I
- Larry Holmes vs. Ken Norton
- Larry Holmes vs. Earnie Shavers II
- Marvin Hagler vs. Vito Antuofermo I
- Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Wilfred Benitez
- Salvador Sanchez vs. Danny Lopez II
- Wilfred Benitez vs. Maurice Hope
- Salvador Sanchez vs. Wilfredo Gomez
- Wilfred Benitez vs. Roberto Duran
- Bobby Chacon vs. Cornelius Boza Edwards II (1983 Ring Magazine Fight of the Year)
- Mike McCallum vs. Donald Curry
- Evander Holyfield vs. Michael Dokes
- Pernell Whitaker vs. Azumah Nelson
Some fights that took place outdoors at Caesars Palace:
- Larry Holmes vs. Muhammad Ali
- Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Thomas Hearns I (1981 Ring Magazine Fight of the Year)
- Larry Holmes vs. Gerry Cooney
- Ray Mancini vs. Deuk Koo Kim (Kim died of injuries sustained in this bout.)
- Marvin Hagler vs. Roberto Duran
- Thomas Hearns vs. Roberto Duran
- Marvin Hagler vs. Thomas Hearns (1985 Ring Magazine Fight of the Year)
- Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Marvin Hagler (1987 Ring Magazine Fight of the Year)
- Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Donny Lalonde
- Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Thomas Hearns II
- Thomas Hearns vs. Virgil Hill
- Evander Holyfield vs. Riddick Bowe II (a paraglider flew into the ring during the seventh round.)
- Evander Holyfield vs. Michael Moorer I
- Oscar De La Hoya vs. Julio Cesar Chavez I
- Felix Trinidad vs. David Reid