by Leo Jakobson | June 21, 2017
The MGM Grand Las Vegas broke ground today on a $130 million expansion of its conference center, which will grow by a quarter million square feet to more than 850,000 square feet. As a part of this project, the health- and wellness-focused Stay Well Meetings facility will grow 22,000 square feet, to encompass the entire second floor of the MGM Grand Conference Center.

The new 250,000-square-foot event space includes a 49,000-square-foot ballroom, a 32,000-square-foot ballroom, three junior ballrooms, 11 breakout rooms, and a 5,500-square-foot outdoor courtyard. It will "seamlessly connect" to the existing facilities, according to MGM Resorts International.

"The Conference Center expansion allows us to grow with the needs of our clients and drive new and expanded business to Las Vegas," says Ernest Stovall, vice president of sales at MGM Grand. The work is scheduled for completion in late 2018.

"The expansion of Stay Well Meetings, along with our 340 Stay Well accommodations, allows MGM Grand to offer a completely unique destination for groups that carries through the entire resort experience - from the board room to the guest room," Stovall adds. The Stay Well room block doubled in size this past December.

The Stay Well Meetings facility incorporates everything from air purifiers and environmentally friendly cleaning products, to a special, nutritionist-approved menu, to wellness programs created by the Cleveland Clinic, as well as guided meditation breaks by Deepak Chopra.

MGM Resorts International recently completed a 350,000-square-foot expansion of its Mandalay Bay Convention Center, bringing it to more than two million square feet. The company's ARIA Resort & Casino is currently expanding its meeting facilities by 200,000 square feet. It will end up with more than a half million square feet when the project is completed next February.