Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Statue of Leo, the MGM Lion

A visit at MGM Grand Hotel and Casino is incomplete without a photo in front of the iconic lion statue in Las Vegas.
The lion at the front of the hotel on the Strip is perhaps the largest bronze lion statue in the U.S. at 100,000 lbs and 45 feet tall.

Fun Facts: Originally, the main entrance on the Strip was inside the mouth of a giant cartoon-like version of MGM's logo, Leo the Lion, but this entrance feature was changed to a more traditional entrance. In 1998, a large bronze statue of Leo was added above the entrance to keep with the MGM Lion theme, while not scaring away guests. The statue weighs 50 tons, and at 45 feet (14 m) tall, on a 25-foot pedestal, is the largest bronze statue in the U.S