Rendering of Hospitality Hall planned for the University of Nevada Las Vegas Courtesy UNLV

Rendering of Hospitality Hall, planned for the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Gaming industry donations support facility for hotel management program

University of Nevada Las Vegas announces $7.5 million in gambling industry donations that will help pay for the planned Hospitality Hall.

The University of Nevada Las Vegas has received $7.5 million in donations from gambling industry leaders to help pay for construction of a new academic building for the university's hotel college.

UNLV says gifts of $2.5 million each from MGM Resorts International, Boyd Gaming, and Station Casinos are earmarked for construction of Hospitality Hall, a new academic building for the Harrah Hotel College.

Hospitality Hall will feature views of the Las Vegas Strip and serve as a bridge to the hospitality and gambling industry. It will have more than 93,000 square feet of classroom, laboratory and meeting space that will encourage interaction and a sense of community among students, faculty, and industry professionals.

The facility also will have a student-run café, a teaching kitchen, interactive digital classroom, and an outdoor plaza.

The latest donations bring the total money raised for the facility from gambling industry partners to nearly $16 million, UNLV says. In addition, the Nevada Legislature has approved $24.4 million for construction of Hospitality Hall.

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