MGM Grand Garden Arena
|MGM Grand Garden Arena|
|Location||3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, Nevada 89109
|Opened||December 18, 1993|
|Owner||MGM Resorts International|
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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. On December 6, 2010 it hosted the first ever American Country Awards.
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.
As of December 2011, the arena has held twenty-one UFC events starting with (UFC 34 and most recently UFC 168), as well as numerous professional boxing superfights, including that of Mike Tyson, Julio César Chávez, Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Manny Pacquiao and Saul Alvarez.
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.
Cher performed two consecutive shows during her Do You 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.
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.
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.
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