In the wake of the horrible tragedy and deadliest mass shooting in modern US history, Mandalay Bay has completely restricted access to the 32nd floor to avoid morbid gawkers. TMZ has video showing that the elevators refuse to stop on the floor and the stairwells being blocked by security guards, despite Vegas PD completing their investigation of the suite and turning it back over to the resort.
Yahoo asks what will happen to the suite that sniper Stephen Paddock rained down terror from. An associate professor of hospitality management tells the site that once the investigation is complete the first thing that has to be done is to repair the windows.
What is extremely important for them to do right now is repair those windows. As long as those windows are gaping open, it’s a reminder of the event.”
He also says that the room will like be transformed into storage space or another use, though at minimum it will “be gutted, refurbished and renumbered.” He suggests that MGM might even refurbish the entire floor.
“For people to go on — whether it be survivors, the families of the victims or employees — something has to happen so that that room does not stay as a reminder of this heinous act that took place in our country,”
Meanwhile, MGM says that they are concentrating on security of guests and assisting in the investigation right now, with no comment on the future state of the room.
After Whitney Houston was found dead in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton in 2012, the suite was redecorated, refurnished, and renumbered. The Days Inn in where Selena was murdered in 1995 was also refurbished and renumbered.
MGM has made a $3 million donation to the relief effort to fund humanitarian assistance for families of the victims and the first responders of last Sunday’s mass shooting. CEO Jim Murren said:
“There are simply no words to express our grief and outrage. With this donation, we hope to make a difference to those who were harmed and those who are left behind.”