by Michael J. Shapiro | February 01, 2018

MGM Resorts executives celebrated the topping off of the MGM Grand Conference Center expansion in Las Vegas this week, as the last of the building's nearly 2,700 steel beams was secured to the 270-foot structure. The $130 million  project, which wraps up in December, will add 250,000 square feet to the conference center. 

The renovated facility will cover a total of more than 850,000 square feet, significantly bolstering the Strip resort's group offering. The project includes the addition of 22,000 square feet of Stay Well Meetings space, MGM's wellness meetings experience, which will encompass the entire second floor of the facility. Among the many features of that space are air-purification systems, aromatherapy capabilities, circadian lighting, menu options designed by nutritionists at the Cleveland Clinic and guided meditation options narrated by wellness guru Deepak Chopra.

The new part of the facility will seamlessly connect to the existing conference center on all three levels. The expansion will include a 5,500-square-foot outdoor courtyard, available for private events; two large ballrooms, one of 49,000 square feet and the other, 32,000 square feet; three junior ballrooms, and 11 breakout rooms.

The project follows MGM's recent Mandalay Bay expansion, which resulted in more than 2 million square feet of meeting space at that resort. The company's Aria property is in the midst of adding 200,000 square feet of to its meeting space, which will debut later this month. When the MGM Grand expansion wraps up, MGM Resorts will have more than 4 million square feet of meeting and convention space within a two-mile stretch on the Las Vegas Strip.

Northstar Meetings Group's Incentive Live event will be at the Park MGM, March 11-14.