LAS VEGAS — MGM Resorts International has closed the sale of land on the Las Vegas Strip that was the site of the deadliest mass shooting in modern United States history, the company announced Friday.
CEO and President Bill Hornbuckle revealed the news to his staff in a letter on Friday.
The 15-acre Village property was purchased by the Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation based in central North Dakota.
Concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest Festival gathered there on October 1, 2017, when a gunman opened fire from his hotel room upstairs. It killed 58 people. Two more later died of their injuries. More than 850 people were injured when the firing stopped.
The site has remained unused and largely unchanged since the shooting.
Last August, MGM Resorts donated two acres in the northeast corner of the property for the permanent memorial after a survey by Clark County found that a majority of respondents wanted the tribute to be built at the site of the shooting.
Planning for the memorial has been underway since late 2019, but it could be years before the final tribute is revealed.
The sale does not include the two acres.
Hornbuckle says he knows the location means a lot to many. But the Tribes «have shown that they care about our community, its future and, of course, its past,» he wrote.
The Three Affiliated Tribes are made up of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation. They are also known as the MHA Nation.
Representatives for the Tribes did not immediately return a message from The Associated Press seeking comment.