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New Theater at Monte Carlo Highlights Expansion at MGM Resorts

Hotel & Resort | MGM Resorts | Donald Wood | July 17, 2015

New Theater at Monte Carlo Highlights Expansion at MGM Resorts

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The Monte Carlo Resort and Casino is one of the most beautiful buildings on the Las Vegas Strip, and it is only going to become even more of a dream destination with the addition of a 5,000-seat theater.

Howard Stutz of the Las Vegas Review-Journal is reporting MGM Resorts International announced Wednesday that the company would be building a new theatre at the Monte Carlo which will cost $100 million to complete.

MGM continues to invest heavily in nongaming attractions. Not only did the company expand convention space at Mandalay Bay and develop a 33-acre outdoor festival grounds on the strip, but MGM is also building a park between New York-New York Hotel & Casino and the Monte Carlo.

When asked about the new theatre, MGM Resorts President Bill Hornbuckle told the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “The lower section bowl will actually push back for smaller shows. The theater allows us to host performers who we previously haven‘t had a home for, broadening our entertainment offerings and providing the opportunity to expand those relationships to our properties around the globe.”

Another major project on tap for MGM is the development and construction of a sports arena. Along with partnering sponsor AEG, the 20,000-seat arena would cost an estimated $350 million to complete, and will likely be the home of a Las Vegas NHL team.

The arena and the park next to the Monte Carlo are expected to be completed by April 2016.

The current theatre at the Monte Carlo will be out of commission during construction, forcing resident acts like the Blue Man Group to move to the Luxor and the The Jabbawockeez to shift to the MGM Grand Las Vegas.

According to Hornbuckle, the theatre is designed by Montreal-based Sceno Plus. The designers are also working on other projects for MGM Resorts, including the $1.2 billion MGM National Harbor in Maryland and $2.7 billion MGM Cotai in Macau, China.

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