MGM Grand Las Vegas

MGM Grand Las VegasThe MGM Grand hotel is the largest casino resort in Las Vegas and boasts an up-market art deco/Hollywood theme for the more discerning clientele on the Tropicana – Las Vegas Boulevard intersection. It is owned and managed by MGM Mirage, and has the largest casino floor in Clark County – a staggering 171 500 sq ft.

The original MGM Grand Hotel and Casino was built by American billionaire, Kirk Kerkorian in the early 1970’s but a tragic fire in 1980 destroyed much of the complex and took the lives of 87 guests. Although the resort was rebuilt within 8 months it was sold to the Bally Entertainment Corporation and re-opened its doors as Bally’s Las Vegas.

Kerkorian, known as the father of the megaresort, bought the Marine Hotel, demolished it and set to constructing the largest megaresort in Las Vegas, the MGM Grand Las Vegas.

The MGM Grand Las Vegas was originally decorated in a Wizard of Oz theme – a yellow brick road ran right through the casino, and all the favourite characters of the emerald city were well represented, but in 1996 the resort was completely refurbished with more elegant, chic decor.

The entrance to the complex is now dominated by the largest bronze statue in the States, that of the traditional mascot of MGM, Leo the Lion. It weights 50 tons and stands 45 feet high. The lion theme is continued inside the casino itself with the glass enclosed ‘Lion Habitat’. Visitors are entertained daily by 6 lions, which live on a ranch outside of Las Vegas and are owned and trained by an exotic animal trainer, Keith Evans.

Amenities

There are several buildings which house the hotel rooms:

  • The main hotel has 5044 rooms
  • The Signature at MGM Grand is made up of three towers with 576 suites each
  • There are 51 lofts in the Skylofts at MGM Grand
  • The Mansion at the MGM Grand has 29 villas

The complex has a host of other amenities including an on-site wedding chapel, 5 outdoor pools, a convention centre, CBS TV City, 16 restaurants, a health spa, an innovative airport check-in at the nearby McCarran International Airport and the Las Vegas Monorail, which speeds above the traffic at 50 miles an hour, linking most of the Las Vegas Strip. The 4 mile route takes 14 minutes and costs $5.

Entertainment

Apart from the casino, which offers much the same as all the casinos in Vegas , the MGM Grand Las Vegas features the famed Grand Garden Arena. The heavyweight title fight between Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson was held at this venue, and in recent years superstars like Madonna, the Rolling Stones and U2 have entertained the crowds.

The 2008 schedule included Bon Jovi, middleweights Kelly Pavlik versus Jermain Taylor and the 43rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards.

A second, smaller 740-seater theatre, the Hollywood Theatre, too boasted an exciting schedule in the past year – Donny & Marie Osmond, David Copperfield and Tom Jones are some of the superstars billed to entertain the guests of the MGM Grand Las Vegas.