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UNLV, Caesars Entertainment team up on Vegas innovation center

Posted at 2:23 PM, May 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-05 17:27:22-04

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas casino company and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, say they're partnering to create a teaching and practice space featuring a mock casino, hotel rooms, sports betting area and esports arena.

Caesars Entertainment Corp. and UNLV have dubbed the center "Black Fire Innovation," and officials say it'll provide a supermarket-sized space to host, develop and commercialize hospitality products and ideas.

It's slated to be built at UNLV's Harry Reid Research and Technology Park southwest of the Las Vegas Strip.

Officials say the two-story facility will include a student lab, work space and a replica resort and casino with slot machines and table games.

Financial details of the partnership weren't disclosed.

The technology park is a mixed-use center currently home to a charter school and a pharmaceutical company.