City of Lights will hit dimmer to honor late legend

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Las Vegas. From Getty Images.

Las Vegas. From Getty Images.

LAS VEGAS, NV — It began as an idea tossed around social media to honor late UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian.

On Wednesday night, the “Dim The Lights 4 Tark” campaign will be fully realized with dozens of casino and resort properties all over the Las Vegas Valley going dark for “Tark the Shark.”

After the Runnin’ Rebel legend passed away on Feb. 11, the push began to get hotel properties on the Strip to bestow the uniquely Las Vegas honor to Tarkanian.

The campaign picked up momentum with commitments from some of the key Strip properties.

According to Las Vegas tourism officials, the campaign picked up commitments from these properties and businesses by Wednesday:
•ARIA Resort & Casino
•Bally’s Las Vegas
•Bellagio
•Caesars Palace
•Circus Circus
•Delano Las Vegas
•Encore at Wynn Las Vegas
•Excalibur
•Flamingo Hotel & Casino
•Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas
•Hard Rock Café on the Strip
•Harrah’s Hotel & Casino
•Luxor Las Vegas
•Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino
•MGM Grand Hotel & Casino
•Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
•Monte Carlo Resort & Casino
•New York- New York
•Paris Hotel & Casino
•Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
•SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
•Stratosphere Casino, Hotel & Tower
•The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
•The Cromwell
•The Forum Shops at Caesars
•The LINQ Hotel & Casino
•The Mirage Hotel & Casino
•The Palazzo Las Vegas
•The Venetian Las Vegas
•Treasure Island Hotel & Casino
•Tropicana Las Vegas
•Trump International Hotel Las Vegas
•Vdara Hotel & Spa
•Wynn Las Vegas

Off the Strip
•Born and Raised
•Boulder Station Hotel & Casino
•Days Inn & Wild Wild West Gambling Hall
•Fiesta Henderson
•Fiesta Rancho
•Gold Coast Hotel & Casino
•Green Valley Ranch, Resort, Casino & Spa
•Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
•M Resort Spa Casino
•Palace Station Hotel & Casino
•Palms Casino Resort
•Palms Place Hotel and Spa
•PT’s Entertainment Group (all 46 Las Vegas locations)
•Red Rock Casino Resort & Spa
•Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino
•Sam’s Town Hotel & Gambling Hall
•Santa Fe Station Hotel & Casino
•Silver Sevens Hotel & Casino
•South Point Hotel Casino and Spa
•Suncoast Hotel & Casino
•Sunset Station Hotel & Casino
•Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel
•The Orleans Hotel & Casino
•Town Square Las Vegas
•Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino

Downtown Las Vegas
•Banger Brewing
•California Hotel & Casino
•Commonwealth
•Container Park
•Downtown Grand Las Vegas
•Fremont Hotel & Casino
•Fremont Street Experience
•Golden Gate Hotel Casino
•Insert Coins
•Main Street Station – Hotel, Casino and Brewery
•Plaza Hotel & Casino
•The D Las Vegas

The plan calls for the outdoor lights and marquees to dim for three minutes starting at 10:30 p.m. following the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels home game against Boise State.

The lights of the Nevada Capitol building in Carson City will also go dim on Wednesday night.

Tarkanian will reportedly be the eighth person to have the lights dimmed for. Other observances included those for President John F. Kennedy, Elvis Presley, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, George Burns, Frank Sinatra and President Ronald Reagan.

The dimming will also precede a public celebration of the coach’s life set for March 1 at Thomas and Mack Center.

Tarkanian was laid to rest on Monday during a private funeral.

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