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Short-lived concepts: From hotels to nightclubs, Vegas has its fair share

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The Las Vegas Silver Bandits were part of the International Basketball League from 1999 to 2001.
Aaron Mayes

This month, Caesars Entertainment announced it is changing the name of the Quad (formerly Imperial Palace) to the Linq Hotel & Casino in October. That makes the “Quad” one of the shortest-lived names in Strip casino history, lasting just 18 months. But it’s far from alone.

Here are some other Vegas ideas that had very brief shelf lives:

The Las Vegas Show (May 1967-June 1967)

This late-night television talk show filmed at the Hacienda Hotel was meant to be the flagship of a fourth TV network, but failed to find sponsors. Only 23 episodes were ever made.

The Las Vegas Silver Bandits (1999-2001)

A team in the International Basketball League, the Silver Bandits didn’t even get to finish their second season due to poor attendance. The IBL folded soon after.

Hairspray (2006)

It cleaned up in New York, but this high-profile Broadway-to-Vegas production bombed in Sin City, closing after just three months at Luxor.

SHe Nightclub (2013)

Eva Longoria’s luck in Las Vegas was never worse than with this concept at Crystals, which closed after just one month, though its companion steakhouse survived a bit longer.

Heraea (2013)

The sports bar/restaurant/nightclub at the Palms lasted seven months, closing after failing to draw an audience.

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