Recognized as one of the country's pre-eminent meeting and trade show destinations, the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on Oct. 12 unveiled details regarding the recent $100 million remodel of its 2.1 million-square-foot convention center.
According to a press release, the renovation's "fresh, new design complements Mandalay Bay's tropical ambiance," reflecting the evolving needs and preferences of contemporary meetings in the form of significant technology upgrades and dynamic digital signage capabilities.
Most notably for CI&M readers, understanding the increasing demand for consistent, robust communication, Mandalay Bay recently installed entirely new Cat6A Ethernet cabling throughout its convention center as part of the site's overall transformation.
As noted by a Mandalay Bay statement, "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."
Digital signage and security advancements
Additionally, event planners will now have new ways to communicate with attendees through 11 new dynamic digital walls measuring up to 24' x 13', designed for brand placements, sponsorship opportunities and targeted event messaging throughout the day.
Attendees will appreciate the addition of 20 double-sided 55" mobile flexible display units, enabling them to find their meeting rooms and events with ease and convenience.
Additional technology enhancements will include RFID locks on all meeting room doors as an added convenience for meeting planners, as well as the installation of 200+ new motion detection cameras throughout all spaces.
As recounted in a press release, as attendees enter the newly remodeled convention space, they will experience a refreshingly bright and vibrant environment complementing Mandalay Bay's tropical-inspired brand.
Envisioned by MGM Resorts International Design Group, in collaboration with Las Vegas-based Dezmotif Studios, the space will reflect contemporary design elements and also takes into consideration the importance of practical enhancements such as brighter lighting, streamlined signage and inviting seating nooks for on-the-go attendees.
White-washed walls and ceilings, and bold floral patterns featuring cerulean and coral tones will be accentuated by warm walnut accent walls, providing a refreshing, tropical landscape for a meetings experience only Mandalay Bay can offer.
In addition to the complete remodel of all pre-function spaces, meeting rooms and ballrooms, Mandalay Bay's 1 million square feet of exhibit space also was recently refreshed with new paint, covered pillars and relocated strobe lights.
As part of MGM Resorts' commitment to providing a platform for diverse and underrepresented artists, the remodeled convention space will feature breathtaking new works by Thandiwe Muriu and Sarah Anne Johnson, among others.
Mandalay Bay Convention Center will remain open and fully operational throughout the remodel, with upgrades executed in phases.
The project is expected to be complete by the end of 2024.