LAS VEGAS (AP) -- MGM Resorts plans to convert the shuttered
Las Vegas Strip festival grounds that were the site of a 2017 mass shooting
into a community and athletic center and parking for the new stadium being
built for the NFL's Oakland Raiders, the company announced Tuesday. It will
also create a space on the property to remember the victims.
The festival grounds "will forever be linked to the
tragic loss of life that took place there," MGM said in its statement. "We
will never forget the victims, and all of those impacted by that evening."
The company owns the site of Route 91 festival grounds and
the Mandalay Bay casino-resort, where a gunman in a high-rise suite opened fire
on the crowd of 22,000, killing 58 people in the deadliest shooting in modern
The company did not release a timeline for the plans, but
says it wants to create a community and athletic center on the north end of the
property, which MGM says it hopes will host high school basketball tournaments,
indoor soccer for children and a practice space for the WNBA team, the Las
"It was important to us that the long-term use of the
property include the community in some way," the company said in its
MGM said that until the community and athletic center is
completed, the property will serve as parking for games and concerts at the new
$1.9 billion stadium being built for the Raiders when the team moves to Las
Vegas next year.