Mandalay Bay plans convention facility

LAS VEGAS -- Officials at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino here announced plans to add a 1.8 million-square-foot convention center complex to the property.

Ground will be broken in June for the project, which is subject to the receipt of necessary permits and approvals.

The structure, which will be called the Convention Center at Mandalay, will offer more than 1 million square feet of exhibit space that could be used for such gatherings as industry trade shows, national and international association meetings and large corporate meetings.

The facility also will include a 100,000-square-foot pillarless ballroom, touted by the property's parent company, Mandalay Resort Group, as the largest hotel ballroom in the country; a 50,000-square-foot junior ballroom, which will be larger than Mandalay Bay's three existing ballrooms combined; 100,000 square feet of breakout space, which can be divided to hold up to 61 separate meetings, and a 10,000-square-foot business service center.

The resort itself has 3,300 hotel rooms, and the proximity of the new convention center to three other casino properties will prove a boon for convention and meeting planners, according to Danielle Babilino, Mandalay Bay's vice president of hotel sales.

"Perhaps the most appealing aspect of this new project is our ability to offer a large number of nearby guest rooms at a variety of price points," she said.

"By working in partnership with our sister properties, we are able to offer clients a tiered schedule of room rates at Mandalay Bay, Four Seasons, Luxor and Excalibur, all of which are within easy walking distance of the new convention center."

The facility will be situated on 16.5 acres adjacent to the property's existing 190,000-square-foot Mandalay Bay Conference Center.

The convention center will host its first show next summer, according to the property's officials.

When the project is completed -- Mandalay Bay's meetings and conventions space will total nearly 2 million square feet, including four ballrooms ranging in size from 31,000 square feet to 100,000 square feet, 1 million square feet of exhibit space and room for more than 75 simultaneous breakout meetings.

For additional information about booking the facility, call the Mandalay Bay convention sales department at (702) 632-7900.

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