The MGM Arena in Vegas is Expecting a Baby Next Winter
It looks like the 20,000 seat MGM Arena is having a baby, which is due sometime at the end of next year. In a recent announcement, MGM Resorts has admitted to plans for a small theater to be opened next to the Monte Carlo Hotel. This new 5,000 seat entertainment center will be used to complement the other larger events going on at the Arena and inside the Park Promenade.
Rather than keeping the new venue filled with extended residencies, the mega resort plans to feature headlining entertainment in a more intimate setting. The whole concept is very similar to what you see in Los Angeles’ L.A. Live entertainment district. Like theaters being scattered around the strip, this new entertainment area will be multi-functional and be available for acts both large and small. The Park, which is still underway, will be the 8 acre promenade featuring various restaurants, bars and small entertainment venues leading up to the new baby and her large mother.
MGM Resorts has no other theater of this size yet, but with the birth of this one will be able to provide fans with the same high energy performances that you get from Axis at Planet Hollywood and the Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel. The cost for building is in the hundred million dollar range, pretty much matching what is being paid for the entire promenade outside.
What makes this project unique, is that the MGM is planning on making the theater more customizable for each act it hosts. The lower third level will be constructed in a way where one night it can accommodate an array of VIP booths and the next a general admission space with no seating at all. The way it is mapped out right now, the furthest seat from the stage is a mere 180 feet, meaning there will be no bad seat in the house.
What About the Monte Carlo
The Monte Carlo Hotel is long overdue for an overhaul, and will likely be undergoing a transformation at the same time that the new theater is being built. Small changes are already underway, with the pace expected to speed up as the new arrival starts to make its appearance on the strip. It has been almost 20 years since the Monte Carlo first opened, and it’s now surrounded by a bevy of beautiful resorts that have caused it to lose its luster.
Imagine a major tour like you see with Taylor Swift planned to perform in the Arena on Saturday, but on Friday she is booked at the smaller theater, giving a more personal performance to 5,000 of her biggest fans. This is just the type of event that MGM Resorts is banking on with its newest entertainment venture.
It’s still early yet, but Vegaster has their ears to the ground for more info on next year’s first acts to grace this new stage. As one of the largest entertainment providers on the strip, we expect nothing less than incredible from MGM and their innovative theater project.
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