Mandalay Bay Convention Centre to get $100m facelift

Mandalay Bay Casino will upgrade its convention center
Mandalay Bay Casino will upgrade its convention center
Mandalay Bay Convention Center is set to receive a major facelift, following a funding announcement.

MGM Resorts-owned Mandalay Bay has revealed its plans for the Las Vegas hotel’s $100 million renovation.

The high-priced remodelling will span the entire 2.1 million square feet of the establishment’s Convention Centre.

According to MGM, the primary purpose of the renovation will be to amp the technological capabilities of the Convention Center and to give the interior a refreshed look.

Mandalay Bay’s Vice President of Sales, Ernest Stovall, explained the constant use of the establishment’s convention center prompted Mandalay Bay to consider giving the space a more modern look. He said the resort had spent the past few years fielding contributions from planners.

“With Mandalay Bay home to many of the city’s top events and trade shows year after year, we recognized the need to upgrade the space to reflect modern-day needs and create a timeless design complemented by our premier service experience,” Stovall said.

“We listened to feedback from meeting planners over recent years and are confident this refreshed, and upgraded space will exceed their needs and expectations in every way.”

Mandalay Bay’s Convention Centre Updates

Last month, CFO of MGM Resorts International Jonathan Halkyard revealed after over two years on hold due to the pandemic, the convention business was officially back. The company official explained that demand for the return was strong and as a result, the casino operator decided to make a sizeable investment to improve its most extensive US-based convention facility.

The Las Vegas Convention Center is the only exhibition facility located in Southern Nevada larger than the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. The establishment boasts almost 3,000,000 square feet of multipurpose event space.

According to MGM Resorts, Mandalay Bay’s $100 million remodelling concept will boast a “bright and vibrant environment” with whitewashed ceilings and walls. The decor will also have floral patterns in cerulean and coral tones, which will complement the tropical ambiance of the establishment.

Additional aspects of the renovation will include a significant upgrade in the establishment’s technology. This will involve a new Cat6A Ethernet cabling across the entire Convention Centre. The Cat6A will result in a 9,400% quicker data transmission feed compared to Mandalay Bay Convention Center’s current service. This is the equivalent of downloading a 4K movie in merely 30 seconds.

The renovation will also include the installation of 11 dynamic digital walls, which will be used for advertising/brand placements, targeted event messaging, and sponsorship opportunities. Convention attendees will be given an easier time finding their meeting rooms due to the installation of 20 55-inch double-sided mobile and flexible display units.

Every room in the establishment will have new radio frequency identification (RFID) locks which will ensure privacy and convenience for customers. Other technological features of the remodeling include the installation of around 200 new motion detection cameras that will keep a closer eye on the meeting rooms and increase security.

Besides the complete renovation of every meeting room, pre-function space, and ballroom in Mandalay Bay, the establishment’s 1 million square feet exhibit area recently underwent a new paint job, relocated strobe lights, and covered pillars.

The decorative artworks of “diverse and underrepresented” artists like Sarah Anne Johnson and Thandiwe Muriu will reportedly adorn the convention center’s walls.

According to MGM Resorts, the Mandalay Bay Convention Center remodeling will start shortly and be carried out in phases. This will allow the establishment to remain open to the public for the project’s duration. The renovation is expected to be completed towards the end of 2024.

Aside from its Convention Center, Mandalay Bay Casino, Las Vegas, also recently revealed its intention to renovate all 424 guest rooms and suites in the establishment’s Four Seasons Hotel. This part of the upgrade will take place in 2023 and feature a new Flanker Kitchen and Sports Bar as well as a complete overhaul of the Stripsteak, which will debut early in 2023.

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