“Welcome to fabulous Las Vegas” is the famous sign that you see while driving into incredible Sin City. From there on in, you are headed to a world of glitzy lights, fine dining, bars, clubs, Elvis impersonators and of course, casinos and gambling.
The Mandalay Bay Arena, inside the casino complex, was built in 1998 and can take 12,000 seated spectators. It is most notable for hosting boxing and Ultimate Fighting Championship cards and World Wrestling Entertainment meets such as Raw.
There are other sports played at the arena, including NBA basketball, which made a comeback there in 2013 having not been played on the Vegas Strip since 1981.
Music concerts are held at the arena, with recent performances by Journey, Ozzy Osbourne and many others. There are various popular shows resident there, including The Lion King.
The whole Mandalay Bay resort sprawls over 2.5 million square feet and apart from the casino and the hotel, there is also a huge convention center. The hotel has 3,309 rooms and the building reaches a height of 43 storeys.
At the casino you’ll find all the latest video slots as well as mechanical coin slots. If you prefer live games such as roulette or dealer games such as poker and blackjack, you will find plenty of tables—hundreds of them, in fact. The casino also houses plenty of themed bar and restaurants, so if you hit the jackpot, you can treat yourself to something special.
The Mandalay Center houses Mandalay Shoppes: a shopping arcade where retail therapy is available in abundance courtesy of US designer houses.
If it’s a hot day, you can always cool off at Mandalay Beach, which is a pool complex in a tropical setting. The complex includes a children’s pool, a wave pool, a lazy river and an artificial waterfall.