MGM Resorts Cancels Paid Parking at Its Las Vegas Resorts

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and these are desperate times for Las Vegas.

Evidence: MGM Resorts announced it will suspend paid parking at its resorts on the Las Vegas Strip.

MGM Resorts free parking

Unconfirmed, but it’s possible Hell has frozen over.

The announcement comes as Las Vegas casinos prepare to reopen following a two-month shutdown due to COVID-19.

Restrictions were recently lifted on restaurants and other non-essential businesses in Nevada, and it’s expected casinos could reopen as soon as June 1, 2020.

MGM Resorts has said it will open Bellagio and New York-New York first, with other casinos coming online based upon demand.

We’ve gotten word employees of a number of Las Vegas casinos are already being recalled to prepare for the reopening.

The move to nix paid parking should have a positive impact on drawing California drive-in visitors and Las Vegas locals, a group that’s been largely ignored by Strip casino companies recently.

Cosmopolitan paid parking

We don’t care how much parking costs in your hometown. This is Vegas.

Even before the Las Vegas shutdown, there were signs casino companies realized they were alienating visitors with short-sighted decisions like paid parking and other nickel-and-diming tactics.

In July 2018, Wynn Resorts made parking free again.

It was expected other casino companies like MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment would follow suit, but it didn’t happen. In light of MGM Resorts’ move, it’s a near certainty Caesars Entertainment will have to change its paid parking policies as well.

While we’re giddy to hear MGM Resorts is rolling back paid parking, we are also compelled to mention these are some of the same bean-counting asshats who kicked off the paid parking fiasco back in 2016. All due respect to beans and hats.

It’s a little tough to get excited about reversing a decision that never should’ve happened in the first place, but at this point, we’ll take any good news we can get. Now, let’s get busy on those resort fees.

Las Vegas free parking

One item on our wishlist checked.

Another reason we probably shouldn’t get too excited? MGM Resorts has said the suspension of paid parking is for the “foreseeable future.” Sort of a loophole there.

Still, the rollback of paid parking is expected to be one of many ways Las Vegas casinos will begin to drive demand again. Pun intended, probably.

While we’re predicting a lot of pent-up demand, casinos don’t seem to share the same optimism, especially because travel restrictions remain in place.

We’ve been told on an MGM Resorts conference call about the reopening, executives shared they expect just 10% hotel occupancy on weekdays and 35% on weekends initially. Brutal.

Beyond safety measures, Las Vegas casinos will have to get creative with perks and promotions to get customers back.

Losing paid parking, hopefully permanently, at Las Vegas hotels is a great start.

8 thoughts on “MGM Resorts Cancels Paid Parking at Its Las Vegas Resorts

  1. Mr. Monopoly

    Nothing is guaranteed, but this seems like a no-brainer. Short of giving it all away, you need as few barriers as possible to entry onto your property, for gambling, dining or anything else. Hand sanitizer, sneeze glass and masks are huge barriers already for some, seems like free parking was a given.

  2. Mike P.

    I find 35% on weekends optimistic, at least to begin, but I also underestimate the boneheadedness of Trump supporters, which make up about one-third of the country, so perhaps 35% it is.

    1. Libtards

      Yeah it’s all that support for the founding principles that make them dumb! They should abandon all them and run their cities and states into the ground the blue ones. ?

  3. Linda

    I couldn’t care less about parking, free or otherwise as I fly in from Canada. Moving forward the flying part will certainly be more problematic than navigating the new normal in Vegas.
    Certainly not expecting the airlines to offer anything to draw flyers back. And with the new normal, airports will be a nightmare. Hope they at least stock up the bar carts.

  4. Jan

    As a resident, I applaud the free parking! It was hard to show off our city to friends and relatives with the parking hardships! I hope Caesars gets aboard as well and Fremont Street!!

  5. qwert

    Great start. With flying looking like it will be a major hassle, more people will choose to drive especially with cheap gas.

  6. Mike Alexakis

    As soon as things return to normal, I expect the corporate casinos to return to charging for parking, enjoy this while you can… I stay at MGM Grand sometimes, before they started charging for parking finding a space in the self parking area was like a lottery, I think it had to do with the monorail starting there, once they started charging for parking finding a spot became easy… Not that it was worth 15 dollars a day, but it was a trade off…


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