by Michael J. Shapiro | January 20, 2016

Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, a 3,211-room property on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip, has finished work on the 70,000-square-foot Oceanside Ballroom. The new venue represents the last phase of the resort's $70 million convention center expansion. The first phase, which debuted in August last year, added 350,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 20,000-square-foot foyer and underground parking. The convention center now has more than 2 million square feet, with more than 900,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space.

Mandalay Bay is now in the final phases of its $100 million redesign of more than 3,000 guest rooms and suites as well, set to debut next month. "To strengthen our position as a leader in the meetings industry," noted vice president of sales Stephanie Glanzer, "we have made significant changes and enhancements to provide a unique resort destination with diverse and comprehensive options to remain a top choice for corporate groups and trade shows of all sizes." 

The resort also is adding another rooftop solar photovoltaic array to what is already the largest convention center solar array in the world. To be completed in the first quarter of this year, the additional 8-acre array will make for a combined total of more than 28 acres, and will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 1,300 homes per year.