MGM Grand Garden Arena
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Concert bowl and seating c.2008
|Former names||MGM Grand Sports Center (planning/construction)
MGM Grand Garden Special Events Center (1993–95)
|Address||3799 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109-4319
|Location||MGM Grand Las Vegas, Las Vegas Strip, Paradise|
|Owner||MGM Resorts International|
|Broke ground||October 7, 1991|
|Opened||December 18, 1993|
|Construction cost||$28.4 million|
|Architect||Veldon Simpson-Architect, Inc.|
|General contractor||Taylor International Corporation|
|Las Vegas Dustdevils (CISL) (1994)
Las Vegas Sting (AFL) (1994)
|Year||Date||Nationality||Artists||Tours||Opening/Special Guests||Attendance||Box Office|
|2000||August 4||United States||Britney Spears||Oops... I Did It Again Tour||Mikaila
|2001||November 17 & 18||United States||Britney Spears||Dream Within a Dream Tour||O-Town
|24,638 / 24,638||$1,561,214|
|2004||March 6||United States||Britney Spears||Onyx Hotel Tour||Kelis
|13,297 / 13,297||$1,075,105|
|2009||April 25||United States||Britney Spears||Circus Tour||The Pussycat Dolls||15,728 / 15,728||$2,482,352|
|2011||June 25||United States||Britney Spears||Femme Fatale Tour||Jessie and the Toy Boys
DJ Pauly D
Destinee & Paris
|2012||September 30||Canada||Justin Bieber||Believe Tour||Cody Simpson
Carly Rae Jepsen
|13,504 / 13,504||$1,076,868|
|2014||March 1||United States||Miley Cyrus||Bangerz Tour||Icona Pop
|July 19||United States||Lady Gaga||Artrave: The Artpop Ball||Lady Starlight||24,948 / 24,948||$2,379,981|
|2015||October 24||United States||Madonna||Rebel Heart Tour||Lunice||12,787 / 12,787||$3,524,113|
The arena is well known for numerous professional boxing superfights, such as Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield, Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson II, Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather, Oscar De La Hoya vs. Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather vs. Saúl Álvarez and Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao.
On September 7, 1996, Bruce Seldon vs. Mike Tyson was held here; later that night, rapper Tupac Shakur (who attended the fight) was shot in a drive-by attack. He eventually succumbed to his injuries six days later.
On May 2, 2015 Floyd Mayweather Jr defended his world title in a highly anticipated match against fellow superstar Manny Pacquiao. The fight went the distance and Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr retained his title. The faces of the sold out crowd were fashion and entertainment icons such as hip-hop artist Jay-Z, UFC fighter Ronda Rousey and former NBA basketball player Michael Jordan. 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.
Beginning in 2014, the MGM Grand Garden Arena will host The MGM Grand Main Event, an 8-team college basketball tournament held during Monday and Wednesday of Thanksgiving week of NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The MGM Grand Main Event features two four-team brackets with each team playing two games in Las Vegas. Opening round games are played on campus.
The arena has hosted many editions of WCW Monday Nitro.
On October 4, 2014 MGM GGA held an NHL preseason game between the Colorado Avalanche and Los Angeles Kings. On October 24, 2014, MGM GGA held an NBA preseason game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings.
- Tom Smith (2012-03-13). "Pac-12 brings basketball tournament to MGM Grand starting in 2013 for three seasons - Las Vegas Sun News". Lasvegassun.com. Retrieved 2013-01-06.
- "Linkin Park Concert Setlist at MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas on February 19, 2011". setlist.fm. Retrieved 2013-01-06.
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