MGM Grand Garden Arena

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MGM Grand Garden Arena
MGM Grand Garden Arena
MGM Grand Garden Arena Interior
Location 3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
Owner MGM Resorts International
Opened December 18, 1993
MGM Grand Garden Arena Interior
MGM Grand Garden Arena Interior

The MGM Grand Garden Arena is located at the MGM Grand Las Vegas in Paradise, Nevada. The arena has a seating capacity of 16,800 people and is located at 3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South.

Events[edit]

Combat sports[edit]

In the 1990s, the arena became well known for numerous professional boxing fights, including those fought by Mike Tyson. It has since held events such as the annual Billboard Music Awards show, since 1997, the Academy of Country Music Awards (ACMA), the Andre Agassi Grand Slam for Children Benefit, the VH1 Divas Las Vegas shows and other sporting and special events, such as Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) PPV events. From 1996-2000, it hosted wrestling's WCW Halloween Havoc PPV event. The UWF television event Backjack Brawl was held at the venue in 1994. On September 7, 1996, Bruce Seldon vs. Mike Tyson was held here and after the fight, rapper Tupac Shakur (who attended the fight) was shot on September 7, 1996. He eventually succumbed his injuries 6 days later.

As of December 2011, the arena has held twenty-two UFC events starting with (UFC 34 and most recently UFC 178). Some of the biggest and most important UFC events of all time took place at the arena, UFC 40, which helped the UFC out of bankruptcy in 2002, and UFC 148 which was said to be the UFC's super bowl-like event, with Silva vs. Sonnen 2 headlining. It has also held numerous professional boxing superfights, including that of Mike Tyson, Julio César Chávez, Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Manny Pacquiao and Saúl Álvarez.

Other sports[edit]

In 1994, the Las Vegas Dustdevils an indoor soccer team in the Continental Indoor Soccer League played one season at the arena. It also serves as the pre-season home for select Los Angeles Kings games against the Colorado Avalanche, Phoenix Coyotes and San Jose Sharks, known as the Frozen Fury.

During the 1990s, the arena served as the site for the WAC women's volleyball tournament.[1]

On March 13, 2012, it was announced that the Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament would take place at the arena from at least 2013-2015.[2][3]

The arena has hosted many editions of WCW Monday Nitro.

On October 4th, 2014 MGM GGA will hold an NHL preseason game between the Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings. On October 24th, 2014, MGM GGA will hold an NBA preseason game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings.

Notable music shows[edit]

Barbra Streisand opened the arena by performing two consecutive shows, on December 31, 1993 – January 1, 1994. At the time, the shows were her first, for paying customers, in 27 years. Since, she now has performed a total of 6 times over 4 tours.

Elton John & Billy Joel performed two consecutive shows during their "Face to Face Tour" on March 24–25, 1995, the 25th was Elton's 48th birthday. During the show on the 25th, Ray Cooper performed a 40-minute drum solo, which made it the memorable part of the concert.

Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band have performed, at least once a year, since 1996, except 1999 and 2001. Several of his shows here were the final concerts for his yearly tours. His show on September 20, 2003 was recorded and released as Live in Las Vegas, NV.

The Bee Gees kicked off their One Night Only Tour on November 14, 1997, the show was recorded and released as One Night Only.

Cher performed two consecutive shows during her Believe Tour on August 27–28, 1999, with Cyndi Lauper and Wild Orchid as her opening acts. The show on the 28th was recorded and released as Live in Concert.

Diana Ross was scheduled to conclude her Return to Love Tour on August 5, 2000, but the show was cancelled, due to low ticket sales.

Pearl Jam performed during their Binaural Tour on October 22, 2000, with Supergrass as their opening act. The show was recorded and released as 10/22/00 – Las Vegas, Nevada. This marked the 10th anniversary of the band's very first live performance.

Britney Spears performed two consecutive shows during her Dream Within a Dream Tour on November 17–18, 2001, with O-Town and LFO as her opening acts. The shows were recorded and broadcast on HBO, as Britney Spears Live from Las Vegas.

Sarah Brightman performed during her Harem World Tour on March 13, 2004, the show was recorded and released as The Harem World Tour: Live from Las Vegas.

The Dave Matthews Band performed two consecutive shows on March 23–24, 2007, the shows were recorded and released, as part of the Live Trax series, entitled Live Trax Vol. 9.

The Spice Girls announced on June 28, 2007, that the arena would be home to their Las Vegas stop on The Return of the Spice Girls Reunion Tour. The show was then moved to the Mandalay Bay Events Center, to accommodate the Ricky Hatton vs. Floyd Mayweather boxing match.

Miley Cyrus performed in the arena on March 1, 2014 as a part of her Bangerz Tour.

On December 6, 2010 it hosted the first ever American Country Awards.

Justin Bieber brought his Believe Tour to the arena on September 30, 2012.

Phish will perform October 31, November 1, and November 2nd, 2014 to close their fall tour.

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Coordinates: 36°6′17.31″N 115°10′7.01″W / 36.1048083°N 115.1686139°W / 36.1048083; -115.1686139