Michelob Ultra Arena

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Coordinates: 36°5′26.44″N 115°10′44.33″W / 36.0906778°N 115.1789806°W / 36.0906778; -115.1789806

The Michelob Ultra Arena, formerly known as the Mandalay Bay Events Center, is a 12,000-seat indoor arena at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, on the Las Vegas Strip, in Paradise, Nevada.[1] It is owned and operated by MGM Resorts International and is the home arena for the Las Vegas Aces of the Women's National Basketball Association. In 2022, it will also be home to the Las Vegas NLL team of the National Lacrosse League. The arena also hosts a variety of music, sports, and entertainment events. In 2021, MGM Resorts and Anheuser-Busch entered a naming-rights agreement for the arena to be named after Michelob Ultra.[2]

Michelob Ultra Arena
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Interior of venue during Evo 2017
Former namesMandalay Bay Events Center (1999–2021)
Address3950 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89119
LocationLas Vegas Strip
OwnerMGM Resorts International
OpenedMarch 2, 1999 (1999-03-02)
Las Vegas Aces (WNBA) (2018–present)
Las Vegas NLL team (NLL) (2022–)
Venue website


The Events Center hosts boxing matches, including the high-profile Amir Khan vs. Zab Judah Light welterweight title unification, match on July 23, 2011.

As of July 2018, the Mandalay Bay Events Center has held 31 Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) events, starting with UFC 33, and most recently, UFC Fight Night 88. It held the largest UFC weigh-in show in history in conjunction with International Fight Week 2012 ahead of UFC 148 welcoming 10,000 fans.[3] UFC cards in Vegas have since moved to T-Mobile Arena as part of a comprehensive marketing and tenancy agreement.

The 999th episode of WWE Raw was held at the arena on July 16, 2012, the first time the WWE performed at Mandalay Bay.

The first National Basketball Association game on the Las Vegas Strip since 1981 was at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on October 6, 2012, a preseason contest between the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Clippers. The teams returned for preseason games in 2013 and 2014. In 2016, it hosted the NCAA Men's basketball postseason tournament Vegas 16. The NBA and WNBA officially announced on October 17, 2017, that the San Antonio Stars would relocate from San Antonio, Texas, and would be playing at the Mandalay Bay Events Center starting in the 2018 season as the Las Vegas Aces. They played their first home game on May 27, 2018.[4]

The 2016 Spring North American League of Legends Championship Series Finals were hosted at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on April 16 and 17, 2016.

Since 2016, the Evolution Championship Series has held its final day of competition at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

The WNBA All-Star Game and related All-Star events were held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on July 26 and 27, 2019.

Entertainment eventsEdit

Rock band Journey performed at the arena in December 2000 which was filmed for the Journey 2001 DVD.

It has hosted the Latin Grammy Awards six times. The Latin Grammys were held at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in 2007 and from 2009 to 2013.[34] VH1 held the first two Rock Honors ceremonies in this facility in 2006 and 2007.

It was the host of Yanni's Yanni Live! The Concert Event, in 2006.

The arena hosted Crüe Fest on August 1, 2008.

It played host to 311's biennial 3-11 Day concert on March 11, 2010. The band played four sets with 60 songs total.

The arena hosted the 2010 revival of the Lilith Fair on July 9.

On August 23, 2010 the arena served as the venue for Miss Universe 2010 where at the conclusion of the event Ximena Navarrete of Mexico was crowned as the winner.

January 28, 2011, Ozzy Osbourne performed as part of his tour for his new album Let Me Hear You Scream.

The cast of Glee were there on the first stop on their Glee Live! In Concert! tour on May 21, 2011.

On May 14, 2017 the arena hosted Miss USA 2017 pageant.[35]

The 25th Billboard Latin Music Awards was held in the Events Center on April 26, 2018.[36]

In popular cultureEdit


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Las Vegas Aces

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Current Arena
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Final Four venue

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UFC 33
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Imperial Ballroom at Atlantis Paradise Island
Miss Universe Venue
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