Mandalay Bay Resort & CasinoSeen in: Rocky Balboa
“Imagine tryin’ to clean this place …”
Both exteriors and interiors of the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada were used for Rocky’s last fight against Mason Dixon in 2006’s Rocky Balboa.
The exteriors seen in the movie include only a nighttime sweeping shot of the Las Vegas skyline; the interior of the resort’s huge sports arena housed the boxing match. These scenes were filmed during the first week of December, 2005 with the first day of filming taking place following the real life Jermain Taylor-Bernard Hopkins rematch hosted in the arena. The broad establishing shots of the packed arena were those filmed the night of that real boxing match when the overhead billboards were switched out to display Rocky’s name rather than the actual fight placards from earlier that evening.
Thousands of dressed inflatable dummies were scattered in the arena’s seats among the hundreds of human extras who attended the filming on these dates. Read about our experiences on the set! Also present and milling around the arena throughout the days of filming were Burt Young, Frank Stallone, Milo Ventimiglia, Tony Burton, Geraldine Hughes, and Pedro Lovell (Spider Rico).
Although Rocky’s hotel room was only a set in the scene between Rocky and Little Marie the night before the fight, the view from his window is accurate for a north-facing room in the hotel at Mandalay Bay.