As Las Vegas locals, we get to see the day-to-day construction of our ever-evolving skyline. From hotel demolitions to reconstructions and completely new concepts to renovations, we get to see the before, after and during process that goes into creating Sin City.
Last year The LINQ Promenade made history on Las Vegas Boulevard and this year, we are welcoming the T-Mobile Arena to the neighborhood. This massive venue will be the first of its kind on the Strip and will house thousands of concerts, sporting events, special events and much more.
Rendering image of the front of the T-Mobile Arena
To get the inside scoop on the massive showground, which is set to open in April, we took a hard hat tour of the premise last week with Rick Arpin, the Senior Vice President of Entertainment at MGM Resorts, to bring you the latest updates.
Built on a sprawling 16-acre lot of property behind the New York –New York and the Monte Carlo, the 650,000-square-foot arena will be Vegas’ new home to boxing/UFC matches, hockey and basketball games and, of course, concerts. In addition to the aforementioned events, the uppermost level of the world-class, Vegas-style arena will boast a complete nightclub for during and post-event parties.
And while the designers implemented many concepts like the dedicated VIP entrances, luxury suites (there will be 50) and loge boxes like other arenas around the world, an architectural innovation unique to this structure are the two triangular overhangs at the club level. This allows guests to stand at the point (think Titanic) approximately 100 feet from the arena’s floor level.
Rendering image of triangular overhang
Set to host guests from the general public all of the way up to ultra VIPs, the arena was built with the comfort of every guest in mind. With notions that the so-called nosebleed section holds the “best ‘worst seats’ in the house,” it’s evident that whether you’re catching a sporting event or a concert, all guests will enjoy an indulgent experience.
In addition to the inside of the arena, the two-acre outdoor Toshiba Plaza will host pre-show functions and special events to set the mood for the main event. Unlike other arenas of this size and nature, the experience upon entering the venue will be a literal walk in the park. Among the grass and trees that set the entrance scene will be smaller stages for bands and other special acts to perform pre and post-show.
Rendering image of the arena’s main concourse
But wait, there’s more: Another performance stage is perched just above the glass-walled, east-facing entrance, which is perfectly highlighted by the 175 foot by 45 foot full-functioning video screen. So yes, this is cool but it’s even cooler that this is the largest screen in the world of its kind. Hell yes, the Entertainment Capital of the World can add another notch in its belt.
With endless options for entertainment including award ceremonies, we have a feeling that the new T-Mobile Arena is about to become a major contender (if not the contender) in ultimate event destinations… and we think you’ll agree.
And now, it’s time to start filling out the calendar with some of the events that are already set to take place in 2016:
The Killers – 4/6
Guns n’ Roses – 4/8-4/9
Harlem Globetrotters – 4/19
George Strait – 4/22-4/23
Janet Jackson – 5/14
Garth Brooks – 6/24-6/25 and 7/2-7/4
Dixie Chicks – 7/16
George Strait – 9/9-9/10
2016 PBR World Finals – 11/2-11/6
George Strait – 12/2-12/3
George Strait – 2/17-2/18/17
Sneak Peek inside MGM Resorts International T-Mobile Arena
Trading one desert for another, I moved to Las Vegas from Arizona nearly three years ago. It was something about the sparkling lights and the all-encompassing entertainment factor that persuaded me to swap cacti for casinos and dry heat for well…even drier heat. And while I do love a good show, I will always keep true to my country girl ways seeing that I am an absolute sucker for a good country concert and will always indulge the opportunity to go out country dancing! But in a city that undoubtedly has some of the world’s best cuisine, a wild assortment of endless experiences, and of course phenomenal shows, Vegas certainly has that unparalleled good time vibe that can make a city slicker out of just about anyone… including myself!