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.
Mandalay Bay President Chuck Bowling says, “For every bad story you heard there are three stories about the humanity of Las Vegas.”
An increased number of security guards stood by the elevator bank Monday.
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.
Mandalay Bay is adding to its security even as it cuts hours of other employees.
Boyd Gaming is informing guests at all its properties that hotel personnel will enter a room if a “Do Not Disturb” sign is left on a door for more than 48 hours.