MGM Resorts International’s plans to build a community center on concert grounds targeted by a gunman nearly two years ago drew praise from some, but left others chagrined by a move to use the site for a temporary parking lot.
MGM Resorts International is converting the Las Vegas Village and Route 91 Harvest music festival site into parking for events at Allegiant Stadium, and also a community and athletic center.
An increased number of security guards stood by the elevator bank Monday.
MGM Resorts International has hired at least five former Metropolitan Police Department SWAT team members and several former military officers in recent months as it strengthens security at its properties following the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
State officials have created a task force to spur oversight of casino emergency response plans following the Oct. 1 massacre outside Mandalay Bay on the Las Vegas Strip.
Mandalay Bay had closed a few floors starting in late November amid a guest slowdown caused by the combination of the holiday season and fallout from the Oct. 1 mass shooting at a nearby music festival. A lone gunman shot at concertgoers from a suite on the Strip hotel’s 32nd floor.
While analysts who cover MGM Resorts International are reluctant to talk about the company’s financial prospects two months after the 1 October massacre, they’re collectively saying MGM stock would be a good addition to a portfolio.
It was by no means quiet in Mandalay Bay the night of Dec. 1, a Friday. But at certain points that evening, the crowds and energy levels seemed higher in two other MGM Resorts International-owned casinos.
Around dusk on a late November weekday, hundreds of men and women walked through the Mandalay Bay, past empty restaurants just off the casino floor and toward the huge convention center.
Like a sharp poker player, Las Vegas casinos keep their cards close to their vest when it comes to security.