MGM Resorts which owns the Las Vegas festival grounds, the Village, announced last Tuesday plans of building a community and athletic centre on the north end of the property. The property hosted the Route 91 Harvest Country Music Festival, where 58 people lost their lives and hundreds of others got injured in a mass shooting on October 1st 2017. The incident is considered the deadliest shooting committed by a single person in modern U.S history.
The property is linked for many to the horrifying event and this is why MGM is planning on building a place that can house sports events and community gatherings. MGM is hoping that their efforts will help those in their community to “continue healing and moving forward,” according to statements released by MGM Resorts they say, “it was important to us that the long-term use of the property include the community in some way,” the statement said.
MGM has also announced plans for creating a space on the property to honour the victims of the shooting. “We know that for many, the Village property will forever be linked to the tragic loss of life that took place there on October 1st,” the statement said. “We will never forget the victims and all of those impacted by that evening.”
October 1st 2017 mass shooting
Nearly two years after the deadly shooting at the music festival, 22,000 people witnessed a mass shooting of 58 people who were attending a country music festival. On October 1st, Stephen Paddock opened fire for over 10 minutes into the crowd from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. The shooter, a 64-year-old man from Mesquite, Nevada fired more than 1,100 rounds of ammunition and about an hour later he was found dead in his hotel room from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. To this day the police were not able to identify the shooter’s motives.
In the aftermath of the shooting, some survivors filed lawsuits against MGM Resorts causing them of negligence and not doing enough to prevent the shooting. MGM was also accused of not properly training their staff to identify and report suspicious activity which could have saved tens of lives.
What’s happening to the property meanwhile
construction is undergoing
Meanwhile, construction is undergoing the 15-acre plot will serve as parking during games and concerts taking place at Allegiant Stadium. “In the near term, while these plans are underway, the property will revert back from festival grounds to a parking area and will serve as parking during games and concerts taking place at Allegiant Stadium,” MGM officials said in a statement. “We will share plans for the community and athletic centre as they advance.”