The Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Convention Center expansion is now complete with this month’s opening of the 70,000-square-foot Oceanside Ballroom. The $70 million expansion includes 350,000 square feet of new exhibit space, a 20,000-square-foot foyer and underground parking, which all opened in August. The Mandalay Bay Convention Center now has more than 2 million total square feet and over 900,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space with the ability to grow current shows and attract new corporate, association and incentive groups.
With the expansion’s completion, the final phase of Mandalay Bay’s resort-wide, multi-year transformation is the $100 million redesign of more than 3,000 guest rooms and suites, wrapping up in February. The resort, with three hotels including Delano Las Vegas, new dining, entertainment, nightlife and more, offers the opportunity for meeting planners to customize their events from large, premium tradeshows and corporate gatherings to intimate executive meetings and incentive experiences.
The resort’s high-density Wi-Fi has been added to the new space to accommodate more attendees, provide unique custom solutions based on the needs of the group and allow for advanced presentations. The system’s benefits include the convenience of a one-time log-in for convention goers during their stay and seamless connectivity throughout Mandalay Bay, from the convention center to public indoor and outdoor spaces to guest rooms. Additionally, convention attendees will stay connected with the same Wi-Fi when visiting any MGM Resorts destination along The Strip, from Mandalay Bay to The Mirage, including MGM Grand, Bellagio and ARIA.
The Mandalay Bay Convention Center is also expanding its solar array, the largest for a convention center in the world, with an additional rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) array spanning 8 acres. Upon completion in early 2016, 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.