Mandalay Bay Convention Center Undergoing a $100 Million Upgrade
Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s 2.1 million-square-foot convention center is getting a fresh new look via a $100 million remodel project. Reflecting the evolving needs and preferences of contemporary meetings and trade shows, the remodel features significant technology upgrades, dynamic digital signage and fresh, new design elements complementing the Las Vegas Strip resort’s signature tropical ambiance.
“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,” explained Ernest Stovall, vice president of sales for Mandalay Bay. “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.”
As part of the venue’s overall transformation, the resort recently installed entirely new Cat6A Ethernet cabling throughout the convention center to meet the increasing demand for consistent, robust communication. Cat6A doubles the frequency of data transmission and increases the speed up to 9,400%—the equivalent of downloading a 4K movie in 30 seconds, according to Mandalay Bay officials.
Additionally, event planners will now have new ways to communicate with attendees through 11 new dynamic digital walls measuring up to 24 feet by 13 feet, designed for brand placements, sponsorship opportunities and targeted event messaging. Meanwhile, 20 double-sided, 55-inch mobile flexible display units have been added to enable attendees to find their meeting rooms and events with greater ease and convenience.
As added conveniences for meeting planners, additional technology enhancements will include RFID locks on all meeting room doors as well as the installation of more than 200 new motion detection cameras throughout all spaces.
According to resort officials, as attendees enter the newly remodeled convention space, they will experience a refreshingly bright and vibrant environment that complements the resort’s tropical-inspired brand.
Designed by MGM Resorts International Design Group in collaboration with Las Vegas-based Dezmotif Studios, the refreshed space will feature contemporary design elements along with practical enhancements such as brighter lighting, streamlined signage and inviting seating nooks for attendees. White-washed walls and ceilings, along with bold floral patterns featuring cerulean and coral tones, will be accentuated by warm walnut accent walls.
In addition to the complete remodel of all pre-function spaces, meeting rooms and ballrooms, the convention center’s 1 million square feet of exhibit space has also been recently refreshed with new paint, covered pillars and relocated strobe lights.
New artworks by Thandiwe Muriu and Sarah Anne Johnson, among other artists, will adorn the remodeled space.
Mandalay Bay Convention Center will remain open and fully operational throughout the remodel, with upgrades executed in phases. According to resort officials, the technology enhancements are mostly completed, the design element upgrades are now underway and the entire project is expected to be complete by the end of 2024.
In addition to the convention center, Mandalay Bay continues to upgrade and add amenities and experiences throughout the resort, including the upcoming remodel of all 424 rooms and suites at Four Seasons Hotel Las Vegas, set to take place next year, the addition of Flanker Kitchen + Sports Bar in summer 2023 and the complete redesign of STRIPSTEAK, scheduled to debut in early 2023.