MGM Resorts ROARS into 2019
“Watch us roar in ’ 94!” proclaimed MGM Hotels Inc. with the December 1993 opening of the second MGM Grand ( www.mgmgrand.com). Featuring a massive indoor Wizard
of Oz attraction, MGM founder Kirk Kerkorian’s emerald green vision
(the original 1973 MGM Grand became Bally’s) was the world’s largest
hotel-casino, with 5,000-plus rooms and 158,000 square feet of convention space. Having inaugurated Kerkorian’s International Hotel (now
the Westgate Las Vegas) in 1969, Barbra Streisand opened the resort’s
16,000-seat Grand Garden arena with back-to-back New Year’s Eve and
New Year’s Day shows.
In December 2018, the property unveiled the $130 million,
250,000-square-foot expansion of the MGM Grand Conference Center,
The project was among the
finishing touches of three years
and 900,000 square feet of
meeting space expansions and
other enhancements inside MGM
Last December also saw the
completion of MGM’s $550 million transformation of the Monte
Carlo into the 2,700-room Park
MGM ( www.parkmgm.com). The
European-style resort features
77,000 square feet of innovative
space. Informed by behavioral
science studies, cutting-edge
technology, furniture and other
elements define the Madison
Meeting Center, Las Vegas’ first
executive meeting center, and
future-forward Ideation Studio.
Both are the first IACC-certified
venues in Las Vegas.
“Michael Dominguez and
the MGM leadership team have
poured so much dedication and
passion into developing a haven
for small meetings in a dedicated environment,” said Mark Cooper, CEO
of IACC. “We look forward to bringing our own events to these inspiring
spaces in the future.”
The resort completes MGM’s multiyear development of an integrated
visitor “neighborhood” that includes the outdoor Park, T-Mobile Arena
and adjacent CityCenter complex.
Serving as Park MGM’s Strip entrance, Eataly Las Vegas (www.eataly.
com/us_en/stores/las-vegas) is the sixth U.S. outpost of the renowned
Italian marketplace. Open 24/7 (not all outlets), the 40,000-square-foot
venue includes the Chef’s Table for classes, tastings and private events.
Resort draws include Provencal-style Primrose, Chicago steakhouse
Bavette’s and L.A. star chef
Roy Choi’s Korean-style Best
Groups spaces at the
292-room NoMad Las Vegas
las-vegas) on Park MGM’s
top four floors include the
fine-dining NoMad Restaurant and Bar, and an outdoor
Groups can access
at the attached 5,200-seat
Park Theater, where Lady
Gaga debuted her residency last December. Making her screen debut
in 2018’s A Star is Born reboot, Lady Gaga’s twin-residency includes the
hits-driven Enigma and more intimate Jazz and Piano. The opening night
after-party was held at Park MGM’s new ’70s-inspired speakeasy-style
nightclub, On the Record. Other 2019 limited engagements at the Park
Theater include Aerosmith and Cher.
The three-year expansion cycle included boosting its convention
space to 2 million-plus square feet as part of a $100 million resort-wide
transformation of Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas (www.
mandalaybay.com). Following a $170 million, 200,000-square-foot
expansion, ARIA Resort & Casino ( www.aria.com) now offers 500,000
square feet of versatile LEED Gold-certified space.
Opened two months before the MGM Grand in 1993, Luxor Las Vegas
( www.luxor.com) features the new 30,000-square-foot multipurpose
HyperX Esports Arena ( www.esportsarenavegas.com).
MGM is also expanding its pioneering Stay Well ( www.mgmresorts.
com) program, presently covering select rooms and meeting
spaces at MGM Grand and Park
MGM to the Mirage Las Vegas
( www.mirage.com), which turns
30 this year. On the tech front,
MGM Resorts International’s app
streamlines the guest experience
with 24-hour advance check-in,
digital room keys, personalized
dining and entertainment recommendations, and reservation
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