The Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino Convention Center recently announced the completion of their $70 million expansion, marked by the official opening of the 70,000-square-foot Oceanside Ballroom.

The expansion includes 350,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space, a 20,000-square-foot foyer, and underground parking. The convention center now spans more than 2 million square feet and over 900,000 sq. ft. of contiguous exhibit space.

Mandalay Bay is also redesigning more than 3,000 guest rooms and suites, a $100 million project that aims to wrap up in February.

The multi-year transformation gives meeting planners virtually limitless possibilities when planning large tradeshows, corporate gatherings, intimate meetings, and incentive trips.

“To strengthen our position as a leader in the meetings industry, 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,” said Stephanie Glanzer, vice president of Sales at Mandalay Bay.

Accommodating Green Planners

The new space includes high-density Wi-Fi to accommodate more attendees with fast, reliable internet connection and advanced presentations. Guests can experience seamless connectivity anywhere on the property and other MGM Resorts, including The Mirage, MGM Grand, Bellagio, and ARIA.

Mandalay Bay Convention Center is also incorporating an additional rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) array spanning 8 acres, which aims to be completed by early 2016. The added portion of the array will generate approximately 1.9 MW with an approximate annual production of 3.4M kilowatt hours. Covering more than 28 acres, the combined array will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 1,300 homes.

Mandalay Bay and the Mandalay Bay Convention Center are making a name for themselves in the green meetings and green destinations sectors by recycling more than 80 percent of convention materials and providing sustainable service ware and menus. The resort and convention center hold Five Key ratings from the Green Key Eco-Rating and Meetings Programs, and have been awarded Gold status in TripAdvisor’s GreenLeaders program.