The Colosseum At Caesars Palace
The Colosseum at Caesars Palace is a 4,296-seat entertainment venue in Paradise, Nevada, United States. It is part of the Caesars Palace casino complex on the Las Vegas Strip and was constructed by Park Place Entertainment. The arena opened to the public in 2003. It was originally built for Celine Dion's show A New Day... at a cost of $95 million;the venue has also hosted performances by numerous other artists.
The design for the arena was based on the ancient Colosseum in Rome. It is connected to the casino near the Forum Shops and is 256 ft (78 m) in diameter, with the rotunda 120 ft (37 m) above the floor. The stage measures 22,450 sq ft (2,086 m2) and has a proscenium arch with a height of 44 ft (13 m) and a width of 120 ft (37 m). It was designed with 125,000 watts of amplification and 115 surround-sound speakers. It also has a high-definition LED screen which cost $6 million at the time of construction. Because Dion stated she wanted an intimate setting, the arena was built "in the round" with no seat more than 120 feet from the stage.
Although Dion was the primary performer at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace and performed the opening show on March 25, 2003, other performers have used the venue as well. Jerry Seinfeld was the first performer other than Dion to headline at the arena, in May 2003. Other performers who have used the facility include Gloria Estefan, Stevie Nicks and Elton John, whose The Red Piano Tour closed in April 2009. Luis Miguel, Jeff Dunham and Seinfeld are all scheduled to bring their tours to the venue during 2009.
As of 2009, the primary headliners at The Colosseum are Cher and Bette Midler, whose shows are scheduled intermittently so as to allow for each performer to design and choreograph their shows without much disruption.
The venue has received the Billboard Touring Award for small venues in 2005, 2006, and 2007.