Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino has opened its Convention Center’s $70 million, 350,000-square-foot expansion and welcomed its first group into the new space.
Based on customer demand, the resort built new exhibit space, a 20,000-square-foot foyer and undergound parking in this first phase, which was completed last month. The second and final phase of the expansion will transition existing space into a 70,000-square-foot carpeted ballroom.
Construction began in October 2014 and upon completion of this project in January 2016, the Mandalay Bay Convention Center will have more than 2 million total square feet and over 900,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space. This new space elevates its ranking in North America to No. 5 in both total square feet and exhibit space.
“The opening of our convention center expansion is another exciting milestone in the multi-year transformation of our resort,” said Chuck Bowling, president and COO of Mandalay Bay. “The response to booking the space has exceeded our expectations, and we believe this investment will increase visitation to Las Vegas, driving incremental business to MGM Resorts’ portfolio and the city overall.”
The resort’s high-density Wi-Fi has been added to the new space to accommodate more attendees. The system’s benefits include the convenience of a one-time log-in for convention goers during their stay and the seamless connectivity throughout Mandalay Bay, from the convention center to public indoor and outdoor spaces to the guest rooms. A distinct capability that sets this Wi-Fi apart from all others is convention attendees will stay connected with the same high-performance Wi-Fi when visiting any MGM Resorts destination along The Strip from Mandalay Bay to The Mirage, including MGM Grand, Bellagio and ARIA.
Further solidifying what already is the largest convention center solar array in the world, the expanded Mandalay Bay Convention Center is incorporating an additional rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) array spanning eight acres. Scheduled to be completed this Fall, the added portion of the array will generate approximately 1.9 MW with an approximate annual production of 3.4M kilowatt hours. Covering more than 28 acres, the combined array will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 1,300 homes.
Mandalay Bay and the Mandalay Bay Convention Center hold Five Key ratings from the Green Key Eco-Rating and Meetings Programs. In addition, TripAdvisor has awarded the resort Gold in its GreenLeaders Program. Mandalay Bay integrates environmentally responsible practices into its operations including the recycling of more than 80 percent of all convention materials. From sustainable service ware and organic, sustainable menus to zero waste recycling.