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Mandalay Bay Plans Major Expansion

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Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas is planning a $66 million expansion that will boost its convention center from the seventh-largest to the fifth-largest in America.

Company officials said Thursday that the 350,000 square feet of new exhibit space will help it attract larger trade shows, and will allow events already there to expand.

The convention center will hit 2 million total square feet after the expansion, putting it behind only McCormick Place in Chicago, the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, the Las Vegas Convention Center and the Sands Expo that’s also in Las Vegas.

Construction is scheduled to begin late this year and wrap up in January 2016.

Las Vegas hosted 53 of the nation’s 250 largest trade shows last year, more than any other U.S. city.

 

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