- Park MGM was closed on March 16 as part of the statewide shutdown of the gaming industry in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- At least 6 major Las Vegas hotel/casino properties remain closed.
- The Four Seasons Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay is now the only MGM Resorts property without a reopening timeframe.
The last of the MGM Resorts Las Vegas gaming properties to close due to the COVID-19 pandemic is tentatively planning to reopen in October. The Park MGM ‘is expected to reopen within the next 30-45 days’ according to a statement released by the company. The statement was at the tail end of a press release issued on Wednesday announcing a reopening date of September 21 for the Empire City Casino by MGM Resorts. That’s the classy name they’ve given to the racino they operate at Yonkers Raceway in New York.
Here’s the short blurb announcing the reopening timeframe for the Park MGM:
With the reopening of Empire City on Monday, September 21st, MGM Resorts will have reopened all of its domestic properties, with the exception of Park MGM and Four Seasons in Las Vegas, following temporary closure earlier this year amidst the COVID-19 crisis. Park MGM is expected to reopen within the next 30-45 days.
The Mirage was the last MGM Resorts property to reopen in Las Vegas. When it reopened in late August, MGM Resorts CEO and President Bill Hornbuckle was vague about the plans to reopen the Park MGM saying only that it would reopen ‘when market conditions justify doing so’. He later told Las Vegas media fixture John Katsilometes that the performance of the Mirage would determine when Park MGM would return:
“We’re going to monitor business through September. (Park MGM) is in the middle of Las Vegas Boulevard and would be great to open for obvious reasons. But without Park Theater being open, it’s a challenge. That is the venue that drives that property.”
So far there’s been no specifics given on the Park MGM reopening and what amenities within the property would reopen first. The botique hotel NoMad Las Vegas remains closed though Hornbuckle told Katsilometes that it could open separately. Since the NoMad is listed as a separate entity on the MGM Resorts website the wording of the press release would suggest that it will reopen at or around the same time as the Park MGM. Otherwise, the company’s statement that Four Seasons at the Mandalay Bay would be the only domestic MGM property to remain close would be factually incorrect. The Four Seasons Las Vegas website indicates that the property is ‘accepting reservations for stays from September 15, 2020’ but there’s no further information suggesting that they’ll be opening in time to honor those dates.
The Park MGM opened in 1996 as the Monte Carlo Resort and Casino. In was remodeled between late 2016 and 2018 into the current incarnation. The property was ‘officially’ renamed as the Park MGM on May 9, 2018.