Treasure Island continues to evolve with new battle

Apr 29, 2003 5:17 AM


The famous pirate battle at Treasure Island will soon get a facelift ”” if not a tummy tug, liposuction or breast implants.

In keeping with the resort’s metamorphosis to a hip, upscale adult-oriented hotel-casino, the pirate battle will introduce a sexy cache of Sirens of TI who will battle it out with a renegade band of male pirates.

The evolution will take about six months to complete, according to Treasure Island president Scott Sibella.

"We’ll celebrate our tenth anniversary with the new show," Sibella said.

Sibella promised the new pirate show will not be an X-rated, sleazy revue, but instead a high-line, Broadway-style show with expert lighting, dancing, music, and compelling entertainment.

"What we’re doing outside is keeping up with the type of entertainment we are now offering inside," Sibella said.

The cast for the new show will be chosen from a nationwide talent search that begins this weekend in Las Vegas. Contact the hotel for information.

The transition has been ongoing for several years, Sibella said. It included the addition of Kahunaville, a trendy supper club that features entertainment, audience interaction and flair bartenders.

TI, as Sibella likes to call the hotel, also removed its once-elaborate video arcade, and installed adult themed bars and restaurants.

The guest rooms have also been modernized, putting them among the best accommodations on the Strip.

"In recent years we’ve created a number of experiences within TI that energize the property and give visitors reason to return again and again," Sibella said. "With the new pirates battle, we will create a show that leaves everyone wanting more and finding it within our resort."

There’s much more ahead, Sibella added. Next year, the TI will open a Mexican restaurant from renowned restaurateur Richard Sandoval, and Cantor’s Deli, an L.A. icon.

Also in 2004, a pedestrian bridge will connect Treasure Island with the evolving Fashion Show mall, which recently added Nordstrum and Bloomingdale’s Home Store to go along with its Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and other upscale stores and boutiques.