Las Vegas Festival Grounds

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Las Vegas Festival Grounds
Full name Las Vegas Festival Grounds at MGM Resorts
Former names MGM Resorts Festival Grounds (2015)
Address 2594 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89109-4319
Location Winchester
Owner
Operator Live Nation
Capacity 85,000
Acreage 37 acres (15 ha)
Construction
Broke ground September 2014
Opened May 9, 2015 (2015-05-09)
Construction cost $20 million
General contractor Martin-Harris Construction
Main contractors Aggregate Industries
Website
Venue Website

The Las Vegas Festival Grounds (formerly MGM Resorts Festival Grounds)[1] is an open-air venue located on the north-end of the Las Vegas Strip, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The venues north of the Circus Circus Las Vegas.

It is the third open air venue to open in Las Vegas, behind the Las Vegas Village (on the south-end of the strip) and the Downtown Las Vegas Event Center (in Downtown Las Vegas).

History[edit]

From 1941 to 1960 the El Rancho Vegas once occupied the land.

The venue was developed by MGM Resorts International, Cirque du Soleil, and Ron Burkle's Yucaipa Companies, primarily to serve as the site of the biannual music festival Rock in Rio USA, which held its inaugural edition in 2015. MGM has positioned the grounds as a site for festivals, concerts, and sporting events (such as boxing, mixed martial arts, and soccer) as a compliment to its other venues in the area.[2][3]

The site was initially referred to as the City of Rock, named after its equivalent in Rio de Janeiro for the Brazilian version of the Rock in Rio festival. In October 2015, the MGM Resorts branding was dropped and the site was renamed to simply Las Vegas Festival Grounds. The renaming was part of an effort to downplay MGM's role in the venue to improve its marketability for third-party events, and to brand the site as being part of Las Vegas's "community".[4]

Events[edit]

The 2015 Rock in Rio USA was held at the venue. Taylor Swift kicked off the North American leg of The 1989 World Tour here on May 15, 2015, as part of Rock in Rio USA festival. In April 2016, the Las Vegas Festival Grounds hosted the ACM Party For a Cause Festival on the weekend preceding the Academy of Country Music Awards.[5][6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MGM Resorts Festival Grounds is looking a lot less like a lot". Las Vegas Sun. April 1, 2015. Retrieved 20 November 2015. 
  2. ^ "MGM Resorts, Cirque to build 33-acre, open-air venue to host Rock in Rio in Las Vegas". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Rock In Rio USA Teams With MGM, Cirque & Yucaipa Ahead of 2015 Debut". Billboard.biz. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "No MGM Resorts: It's now Las Vegas Village and Las Vegas Festival Grounds". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 20 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Strip Scribbles: ACM lineup expands, Super Bowl 50 chefs, Fetish & Fantasy Ball". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 14 February 2016. 
  6. ^ "Country music awards to return to Vegas with 3-day festival". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 14 February 2016. 

Coordinates: 36°08′33″N 115°09′37″W / 36.1424°N 115.1603°W / 36.1424; -115.1603