The first stage of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center expansion is complete with the first 350,000 square feet done and being used by the huge annual MAGIC Fashion Expo which ends today. When the Mandalay Bay opened there was discussion how the convention space would do so far from the Las Vegas Convention Center with the view at the time that new space should be next to the existing space and act more as an overflow to the main convention center. MGM has made their convention center space at Mandalay Bay a success even with its South Strip location although being attached to a good resort with great restaurants and attractions such as the wave pool beach must have helped. Apart from the new exhibition space at Mandalay Bay the expansion also includes a new 20,000 square foot foyer as well as underground parking. When the project is completed in early 2016 the facility with have over two million square feet which will help it compete for conventions with the soon to be expanded Las Vegas Convention Center and other venues such as the Sands Convention Center.