LAS VEGAS—Aria Resort & Casino in May 2016 is expected to begin a major expansion of its LEED Gold-certified convention center, which is anticipated to be completed in February 2018. The $154-million project will deliver an additional 200,000 sq. ft. of technologically advanced, flexible meeting space across four stories, including indoor/open-air spaces and a glass-enclosed venue with views of The Park and new Las Vegas Arena. With the completion of the expansion, Aria will feature more than 500,000 sq. ft. of meeting space.
The new convention space will take the place of the location currently occupied by Cirque du Soleil’s production of Zarkana, which will close April 30, 2016.
“Convention business at Aria is booming, and demand is currently exceeding the space we have available,” said Bobby Baldwin, Aria’s president & COO. “Hosting large meetings and conventions is a core part of our business; as our clients’ needs grow, we are committed to grow with them.”
Aria’s new convention space will maintain MGM Resorts International’s commitment to build all new venues to LEED Gold standards or better, creating one of the most expansive high-end, environmentally friendly meeting facilities in the world, according to the parent company.
Tony Yousfi, Aria’s vice president of sales, said, “Our guests expect luxurious offerings and will be wowed by the new convention space. With the addition of this elite 200,000-sq.-ft. venue, Aria exponentially increases the spectrum of events and services that can be hosted at our AAA Five-Diamond resort.”
The first level will feature an open ballroom with ample pre-function spaces, and access to an exclusive loading dock for events that require sizable displays. Versatile indoor-outdoor breakout rooms will highlight the second level, while the third level will offer a large ballroom as well as naturally lit pre-function spaces connecting to Aria’s existing convention center. The facility’s top floor will include a ballroom with an outdoor patio that can accommodate receptions for up to 2,000 guests. The top-floor patio will feature views overlooking The Park and Las Vegas Arena, both of which are slated to open in April 2016.