|Former names||MGM Grand Sports Center (planning/construction)|
MGM Grand Garden Special Events Center (1993–95)
|Address||3799 Las Vegas Blvd S|
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States 89109-4319
|Location||MGM Grand Las Vegas, Las Vegas Strip, Paradise|
|Public transit||Las Vegas Monorail|
at MGM Grand
|Owner||MGM Resorts International|
|Capacity||15,020 - permanent seating|
17,000 - with bleachers
|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)
Frozen Fury (NHL) (1997–2015)
The MGM Grand Garden Arena (originally known as the MGM Grand Garden Special Events Center) is a 17,000-seat multi-purpose arena located within the MGM Grand Las Vegas on the Las Vegas Strip.
From its opening on December 18, 1993 until the opening of the MGM co-owned T-Mobile Arena in 2016, MGM Grand Garden Arena along with the Thomas & Mack Center were the main sports arenas in the Las Vegas area.
From 1996 to 2000, it hosted World Championship Wrestling's Halloween Havoc events. The UWF television event Blackjack Brawl was held at the venue in 1994.
On May 25, 2019, it hosted All Elite Wrestling's inaugural event, Double or Nothing (2019). Tickets for the event sold out in four minutes. It was originally scheduled to host Double or Nothing (2020) on May 23, 2020 and the May 27 episode of AEW Dynamite, but was moved due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The arena is well known for numerous professional boxing superfights, such as Evander Holyfield vs. Mike Tyson II, Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr., Oscar De La Hoya vs. Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Canelo Álvarez, Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao, and Deontay Wilder vs. Tyson Fury II.
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. Prior to the shooting, he and his entourage were seen getting into a fight with a rival camp. He eventually succumbed to his injuries six days later.
The arena held 42 Ultimate Fighting Championship mixed martial arts events, starting with UFC 34 in 2001 and ending with The Ultimate Fighter 23 Finale in 2016. UFC currently uses the T-Mobile Arena for major events.
On May 2, 2015, Floyd Mayweather Jr. defended his world title in a highly anticipated match against fellow superstar Manny Pacquiao. The fight continued to the 12th round and Mayweather retained his title. Within the crowd, celebrities such as hip-hop artist Jay-Z, UFC fighter Ronda Rousey and former NBA superstar Michael Jordan were present.
In 1994, the Las Vegas Dustdevils, an indoor soccer team in the Continental Indoor Soccer League played one season at the arena. It also previously served through 2015 as the pre-season home for select Los Angeles Kings games against the Colorado Avalanche, Phoenix Coyotes and San Jose Sharks, known as Frozen Fury. Two more games occurred at the new T-Mobile Arena before the launch of the NHL's newest team, the Vegas Golden Knights, who went on to play in the NHL's Stanley Cup Playoffs within their first season.
On October 24, 2014, it held an NBA preseason game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Sacramento Kings.
During the 1990s, the arena served as the site for the WAC women's volleyball tournament. The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) held its annual World Finals event at the MGM Arena from 1994 to 1998 before moving to the Thomas & Mack Center in 1999 and then to T-Mobile Arena in 2016.
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 through 2016 and then to T-Mobile Arena in 2017 until 2020.
Beginning in 2014, the MGM Grand Garden Arena will host The MGM Resorts 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 MGM Grand Garden Arena is the current home of the Latin Grammy Awards, having hosted it five times. The arena hosted the Latin Grammy Awards in 2014, 2015, and from 2017 to 2019.
The venue is the current home of the Academy of Country Music Awards and has served as host twelve times since 2006, including 2018's event which was the first following the 2017 Las Vegas shooting, which occurred roughly 1 mile away.
Improvisational jam band Phish has hosted several significant halloween concerts at the venue. On October 31, 2014, they performed Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House with original instrumental music to accompany the album as their "musical costume" for the second set of their Halloween night show at the venue. Following that performance, the band has made their interpretation of "Martian Monster" a regular part of their concert repertoire and have performed it at over 25 subsequent concerts. On October 31, 2016, the band covered David Bowie's The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars in its entirety as their musical costume for the evening. On October 31, 2018, the band performed a set of all-new original material that they promoted as a "cover" of í rokk by Kasvot Växt, a fictional 1980s Scandinavian progressive rock band they had created.
|Entertainment events at MGM Grand Garden Arena|
|Date||Nationalities||Artists||Events||Supporting Acts||Attendance||Box Office|
|April 16||United States||Janet Jackson||janet. World Tour||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|October 14||United States||The Rolling Stones||Voodoo Lounge Tour||Buddy Guy||21,674 / 21,674 (100%)||$4,184,050|
|November 2||United States||Kiss||Alive/Worldwide Tour||N/A||13,030 / 13,030 (100%)||$587,330|
|May 10||United States||Tina Turner||Wildest Dreams Tour||Cyndi Lauper||13,267 / 13,267 (100%)||$448,485|
|November 14||United Kingdom||The Bee Gees||One Night Only Tour||Celine Dion||N/A|
|November 22||United Kingdom||The Rolling Stones||Bridges to Babylon Tour||Jamiroquai||12,750/ 12,750 (100%)||$2,925,800|
|December 14||United States||Aerosmith||Nine Lives Tour||N/A|
|February 14||United Kingdom||Elton John||Big Picture Tour||N/A||14,126 / 14,126||$1,425,200|
|April 16||United Kingdom||The Rolling Stones||No Security Tour||Sugar Ray||12,566 / 12,566||$2,780,450|
|September 25||United Kingdom||Elton John||Medusa Tour||N/A||8,500 / 8,500||$1,760,020|
|April 29||United States||Tina Turner||Twenty Four Seven Tour||Lionel Richie
|May 27||United States||Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band||Reunion Tour||N/A|
|August 4||United States||Britney Spears||Oops!... I Did It Again Tour||Mikaila
|November 18||United States||Tina Turner||Twenty Four Seven Tour||Joe Cocker||N/A|
|August 18||United States||Aerosmith||Just Push Play Tour||N/A|
|September 1||United States||Madonna||Drowned World Tour||N/A||29,587 / 29,587||$6,503,950|
|November 17||United States||Britney Spears||Dream Within a Dream Tour||O-Town
|24,638 / 24,638||$1,561,214|
|April 23||United States||Green Day
|Pop Disaster Tour||N/A|
|September 21||Canada||Rush||Vapor Trails Tour|
|November 9||United States||Aerosmith||Girls of Summer Tour|
|November 30||United States||The Rolling Stones||Licks Tour||Lifehouse||N/A|
|February 8||United Kingdom||The Rolling Stones||Licks Tour||Susan Tedeschi||N/A|
|October 24||United States||Aerosmith
|March 6||United States||Britney Spears||The Onyx Hotel Tour||Kelis
|13,297 / 13,297||$1,075,105|
|May 29||United States||Madonna||Re-Invention Tour||N/A||28,341 / 28,341||$7,005,548|
|November 4||Ireland||U2[circular reference]||Vertigo Tour||Damian Marley||31,863 / 31,863||$3,864,843|
|November 18||United Kingdom||The Rolling Stones||A Bigger Bang Tour||Jason Mraz||13,898 / 13,898 (100%)||$4,053,289|
|February 18||United States||Aerosmith||Rockin' the Joint Tour||Lenny Kravitz||13,199 / 13,199||$1,726,263|
|May 27||United States||Madonna||Confessions Tour||N/A||27,528 / 27,528||$7,257,750|
|August 12||Colombia||Shakira||Oral Fixation Tour||Wyclef Jean|
|November 22||United Kingdom||The Rolling Stones||A Bigger Bang Tour||Bonnie Raitt||N/A|
|December 26||Hong Kong||Kelly Chen||Kelly Chen Lost In Paradise World Tour|
|January 18||United States||Miley Cyrus||Best of Both Worlds Tour||Aly & A.J.||N/A|
|May 9||United States||Alicia Keys||As I Am Tour||Jordin Sparks
|June 2008||United Kingdom||George Michael||25 live tour|
|April 25||United States||Britney Spears||The Circus Starring Britney Spears||The Pussycat Dolls||15,728 / 15,728||$2,482,352|
|July 25||United States||Aerosmith
|Aerosmith/ZZ Top Tour||N/A|
|April 24||United States||Eagles||Long Road Out of Eden Tour||N/A||12,970 / 12,970||$1,631,745|
|June 18||United Kingdom||Sting||Symphonicity Tour||N/A|
|July 31||United States||Aerosmith||Cocked, Locked, Ready to Rock Tour||Sammy Hagar||N/A|
|August 28||Canada||Michael Bublé||Crazy Love Tour||Naturally 7||13,300 / 13,300||$1,052,585|
|June 25||United States||Britney Spears||Femme Fatale Tour||Jessie and the Toy Boys
DJ Pauly D
Destinee & Paris
|September 23||United States||Bruno Mars||The Doo-Wops & Hooligans Tour||Mayer Hawthorne|
|November 5||United States||Eagles||Long Road Out of Eden Tour||N/A|
|October 13||United States||Madonna||MDNA Tour||Martin Solveig||24,991 / 24,991||$7,188,879|
|September 30||Canada||Justin Bieber||Believe Tour||Cody Simpson
Carly Rae Jepsen
|13,504 / 13,504||$1,076,868|
|December 1||United States||Aerosmith||Global Warming Tour||N/A|
|May 11||United Kingdom||The Rolling Stones||50 & Counting||N/A||13,327 / 13,327 (100%)||$6,119,172|
|June 29||United States||Beyoncé||The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour||Luke James||12,913/12,913||$1,856,203|
|August 3||United States||Bruno Mars||Moonshine Jungle Tour||Fitz and the Tantrums||13,850 / 13,850||$1,559,042|
|November 23||Canada||Michael Bublé||To Be Loved Tour||Naturally 7||12,474 / 12,474||$1,148,568|
|February 15||United States||Eagles||History of the Eagles – Live in Concert||N/A|
|March 1||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|
|August 2||United States||Aerosmith||Let Rock Rule Tour||N/A|
|September 26||United States||Katy Perry||Prismatic World Tour||Tegan and Sara
|12,886 / 12,886||$1,742,965|
|May 30||Ireland||The Script||No Sound Without Silence Tour||Colton Avery
|August 1||United States||Aerosmith||Blue Army Tour||N/A|
|October 24||United States||Madonna||Rebel Heart Tour||Lunice||12,787 / 12,787||$3,524,113|
|February 5||Australia||AC/DC||Rock or Bust World Tour||Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown||13,817 / 13,817||$1,416,474|
|March 25||Canada||Justin Bieber||Purpose World Tour||Post Malone
|13,483 / 13,483||$1,411,304|
|August 13||United States||Demi Lovato & Nick Jonas||Future Now Tour||Mike Posner||6,823 / 7,112||$404,492|
|September 17||United Kingdom||Black Sabbath||The End Tour||Rival Sons||11,835 / 11,835||$1,025,145|
|February 4||United States||Ariana Grande||Dangerous Woman Tour||Little Mix
|9,437 / 10,787||$845,275|
|March 27||N/A||Game of Thrones||Live Concert Experience||N/A||4,783 / 7,321||$328,286|
|April 1||United States||Jimmy Buffett||I Don't Know Tour||N/A|
|April 7||United States||Green Day||Revolution Radio Tour||Against Me!||11,659 / 11,907||$686,810|
|May 12||United States||Train||Play That Song Tour||Natasha Bedingfield
|May 27||United States||Dead & Company||Dead & Company Summer Tour 2017||N/A||10,258 / 11,685||$1,052,921|
|July 8||United States||J. Cole||4 Your Eyez Only World Tour||N/A|
|February 3||United States||The Killers||Wonderful Wonderful World Tour||Amanda Brown
Albert Hammond Jr.
|March 3||United States||Demi Lovato||Tell Me You Love Me World Tour||DJ Khaled
|11,133 / 11,675||$720,336|
|August 25||United States||Rob Zombie & Marilyn Manson||Twins of Evil: The Second Coming Tour||Deadly Apples|
|September 1||Colombia||Shakira||El Dorado World Tour||Salva|
|July 13||Australia||Hugh Jackman||The Man. The Music. The Show. tour|
|September 13||United Kingdom||Iron Maiden||Legacy of the Beast World Tour|
|December 15||United States||Ariana Grande||Sweetener World Tour||N/A|