MGM Resorts' LEED® Gold certified building portfolio reaches over 20 million square feet

LAS VEGAS (March 8, 2017) – Joint venture partners AEG and MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) announced today that in 2016 the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design® (LEED) Gold certification to T-Mobile Arena, a 20,000-seat sports and entertainment venue that will host the NHL expansion team, Las Vegas Golden Knights. LEED is the preeminent rating system for design, construction & operation of high-performance green buildings.

“From inception through design, development and construction, MGM Resorts and AEG prioritized environmental sustainability at T-Mobile Arena,” said Cindy Ortega, MGM Resorts International’s Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer. “Achieving another LEED Gold certification shows our commitment to environmentally responsible construction and our desire to have a positive impact on our community and the planet.”

MGM Resorts and AEG partnered to implement a comprehensive environmental sustainability program at the arena, taking into account all major aspects of the building’s construction and operations. The arena was also planned with industry-leading acoustical design using a range of technical innovations that help deliver top-notch acoustics for event-goers. Since its opening in April 2016, T-Mobile Arena has hosted more than 40 world-class entertainers including The Rolling Stones, U2, Coldplay and George Strait.

“We are pleased and proud of our latest LEED-certified sports and entertainment venue,” said Dan Beckerman, President & CEO of AEG. “Our experience shows that green building practices and sustainable operations are not only the right thing to do, but also make business sense. T-Mobile Arena will be an industry leader in delivering top-quality entertainment while minimizing the venue’s impact on the local and global environment.”

President and CEO of USGBC Mahesh Ramanujam said, “T-Mobile Arena’s LEED Gold certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership. The urgency of USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and T-Mobile Arena serves as a prime example with just how much we can accomplish.”

Examples of environmental attributes of T-Mobile Arena that supported the LEED Gold rating include:

  • Energy Efficiency: To reduce energy consumption, high-efficiency LED (light emitting diode) lighting is used throughout the Arena, and high efficiency heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems are used in the restaurants. LEDs not only allow for less lighting-related energy to be used, but also result in a reduction of cooling energy required for the building.
  • Water Conservation: An on-site well provides all of T-Mobile Arena’s irrigation water, reducing the amount of water taken from the city’s water supply. In addition, low flow fixtures have been installed throughout the facility, bringing the estimated water consumption to 40 percent below what is required by code.
  • Waste and Recycling: 80 percent of construction waste was recycled and much of the facility was made with pre- and post-consumer-recycled material, including 7,000 lbs. of recycled steel.

About T-Mobile Arena
T-Mobile Arena is a privately funded indoor arena. The 20,000-seat venue, located on the Las Vegas Strip between New York-New York and Monte Carlo, will host more than 100 events annually, including UFC, boxing, hockey, basketball and other sporting events, major headline entertainment, awards shows, family shows and special events.  Las Vegas’ newest landmark features 50 luxury suites, more than two dozen private loge boxes, complete broadcast facilities, and other specially designed exclusive hospitality offerings and fan amenities destined to create a guest experience second to none. Toshiba Plaza, an adjacent two-acre outdoor entertainment space, features performance stages, a variety of video screens and other interactive content and display areas. Industry-leading architect Populous designed T-Mobile Arena to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s standards for LEED® Gold Certification. T-Mobile Arena is a joint venture between AEG and MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM).  For more information visit T-Mobile Arena’s website at

About the U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit, and connect on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.

About MGM Resorts International
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world’s leading global hospitality companies, operating a portfolio of destination resort brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. The Company opened MGM National Harbor in Maryland on December 8, 2016, and is in the process of developing MGM Springfield in Massachusetts. MGM Resorts controls and holds a 76 percent economic interest in the operating partnership of MGM Growth Properties LLC (NYSE: MGP), a premier triple-net lease real estate investment trust engaged in the acquisition, ownership and leasing of large-scale destination entertainment and leisure resorts. The Company also owns 56 percent of MGM China Holdings Limited (SEHK: 2282), which owns MGM MACAU and is developing MGM COTAI, and 50 percent of CityCenter in Las Vegas, which features ARIA Resort & Casino. MGM Resorts is named among FORTUNE® Magazine’s 2016 list of World’s Most Admired Companies®. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company’s website at


Sonya Padgett
MGM Resorts International