Social media has been buzzing with comments and photos of the massive LED wall collapse last week at Mandalay Bay Events Center, part of the larger 43-story luxury resort and casino venue on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, owned and operated by MGM Resorts International. No one was hurt in the accident, but lots of discussion continues.
Brian Ahern, director of Corporate Media Relations for MGM Resorts International, released the following statement to Live Design via email upon request for more details: “A malfunction caused an LED lighting wall to fall to the floor at Mandalay Bay Events Center Thursday morning while crews were removing structures from a prior event. No one was injured and there was no damage to the floor or any arena structures.” No further information was shared at the time of publishing.
A poster on Reddit, JimbosJumbos, says, "The latest I’ve heard is a they were bumping motors and it shunted the rig. A verlock broke that was part of the system holding this up that created a chain reaction until smash." Others have commented that the weight of the wall put too much of a burden on the chain motors. Speculation has run rampant on the cost of damage, estimating the wall is valued anywhere from $300,000 to upwards of $700,000, but that has not been confirmed.