MGM Resorts International unveiled the $130 million, 250,000-square-foot expansion of its MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas, introducing copious new spaces and creative new options to accommodate the evolving need for collaborative, productive and healthy work spaces.
Coming on the heels of expansions at sister properties Mandalay Bay, ARIA and Park MGM, the award-winning MGM Grand Conference Center’s new space seamlessly connects to the existing space on all three levels and brings the total square footage of space at the facility to 850,000 square feet. MGM now offers a total of 4 million square feet of meeting and convention space within a two-mile stretch on the Las Vegas Strip.
“The interest in Las Vegas and specifically MGM Resorts destinations has been tremendous,” said Michael Dominguez, senior vice president and chief sales officer for MGM Resorts. “Because we deliver extraordinary events that achieve client goals, we have been able to continue cultivating loyal relationships with companies that want to grow with us.
“The increased demand for space compelled us to develop more robust and creative meeting options throughout our portfolio, including the new offerings at MGM Grand,” he added.
The innovative features of the expansion include a 22,000-square-foot extension of MGM Grand’s Stay Well Meetings concept, the industry’s first-ever wellness meetings experience that launched at MGM Grand in 2014. The Stay Well Meetings experience is now available throughout 40,000 square feet of the conference center and encompasses the entire second floor of both the new and existing space.
Stay Well Meetings feature amenities and programs that stimulate the healthy, productive and creative work environments that many clients are actively seeking.
Work environments are designed to increase the energy, focus and productivity of attendees with elements such as air purification, circadian lighting, aromatherapy wellness stations with guided meditation, access to Cleveland Clinic Wellness online programs for sleep, stress and nutrition tips, physical activity breaks and healthy menu options. Meetings can also begin with an address via video by Deepak Chopra, world-renowned health and wellness expert.
Meanwhile, with floor-to-ceiling windows on all three levels, attendees enjoy the natural light and views of the Las Vegas Strip while mingling and networking in the pre-function spaces.
In between meetings, guests can catch up on emails on the third floor’s amphitheater-style setting with chairs, bean bags and steps or relax and simply take in the views of the city. The area is designed as a casual workspace or can be used for group presentations for up to 25 people. Integrated power and data in the seating area and adjacent area, unistruts for hanging signage and other branding options support a variety of activations.
MGM Grand Conference Center's Amphitheater-Style Setting. Credit: Anthony Mair
Additionally, nine-foot by 16-foot HD, LED, multi-functional video walls are located on the first and third floors.
Overall spaces within MGM Grand Conference Center expansion include:
- 10,000-square-foot outdoor Marquee Courtyard available for private events.
- 47,000-square-foot Chairman’s Ballroom.
- 30,000-square-foot Boulevard Ballroom.
- 12,600-square-foot Terrace Ballroom, 12,600 square feet.
- 9,300-square-foot Cedar Ballroom.
- Four junior ballrooms.
- Two non-traditional boardrooms.
The largest two ballrooms feature acoustically treated operable walls that can divide the spaces into 16 breakout rooms. In total, all ballrooms can be divided into 57 breakout rooms.
MGM Grand Conference Center. Credit: Anthony Mair
MGM Resorts International has also solidified its commitment to growing meetings business in Las Vegas with the following recent expansions at its other properties in the destination.
- Mandalay Bay, boasting a 350,000-square-foot expansion that brings its total meetings footprint to more than 2 million square feet.
- ARIA, featuring a 200,000-square-foot meeting space expansion that now brings its total meetings footprint to more than 500,000 square feet.
- Park MGM, a new hotel development with 77,000 square feet of meeting space.
Park MGM is the first and only IACC-certified member on the Las Vegas Strip with first-to-market venues, Madison Meeting Center and Ideation Studio.