T-Mobile Arena Likely Name for New Las Vegas Arena

The rumor mill has kicked into high gear about the future name of the under-construction Las
Vegas Arena. At the moment, it appears T-Mobile has clinched the naming rights, so the new arena could very well end up with the name T-Mobile Arena.

Estimates about the cost of a Las Vegas Arena naming rights contract vary widely, from $2 million to $10 million.

T-Mobile Arena Las Vegas

Sort of just sings, doesn’t it?

The Las Vegas Arena construction is moving at a brisk pace, with an opening expected in April
2016.

Here’s our exclusive look inside what may very well become the T-Mobile Arena , T-Mobile Center or some variation thereof.

Las Vegas Arena Tower Club

The Las Vegas Arena, no matter what it’s called, will soon be home to both an NHL expansion team and the ultimate Las Vegas selfie.

This won’t be the first T-Mobile Arena. T-Mobile once had naming rights for an arena in Prague, Czech Republic. It’s now the Tesla Arena.

T-Mobile is the world’s fifteenth largest mobile phone service provider, and the company has a
long-standing business relationship with MGM Resorts.

Check out this video about the MGM Resorts and T-Mobile relationship, including adorable phrases like “distributed antenna systems,” “duel device scenarios” and “push-to-talk solutions.”

If the $350 million Las Vegas Arena becomes T-Mobile Arena, T-Mobile will join Toshiba and Coca-Cola as the arena’s major sponsorship partners. Toshiba Plaza sits outside the arena and will be an entertainment space with three stages.

If the T-Mobile Arena naming rights deal comes to fruition, it would be a dramatic turn. Since
October 2015, it’s been rumored UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) was champing at the bit to have the shiny new arena on The Strip bear its name. UFC Center appears an unlikely outcome now.

T-Mobile Center

All that money to build an arena, then you slap somebody else’s name on it. ‘Merica.

Already booked to play the T-Mobile Arena are Garth Brooks (July 2016), Janet Jackson (May 2016), George Strait (April and September 2016) and Dixie Chicks (July 2016). The Professional Bull Riders World Finals will also call the T-Mobile Arena home starting in November 2016. See the schedule.

After spending some time pondering all this, we’ve come to the conclusion we don’t really care who gets the naming rights for the arena. It’s the Las Vegas Arena, and that’s what we plan to call it. We totally get the reason for naming rights. It’s a big chunk of change. So, the people who get the cash can call it what they want.

The rest of us, however, can call the arena what it is: The Las Vegas Arena. If T-Mobile would like to throw a little cabbage this way, however, we are nothing if not flexible.

Update (1/7/15): T-Mobile and MGM Resorts confirmed the name of the Las Vegas Arena will be T-Mobile Arena. Here’s the rendering.

T-Mobile Arena

How’d we know this would be the name? Somebody got a phone call!

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  • Jokersmile

    After finding out about the food offerings it was a little jarring to hear the food service management company that won the bid will be serving “food” that can only fit on a 6″ paper plate. No full service restaurants which means hot dogs, burgers, corn dogs, popcorn, red ropes and king size pretzels. there was a buzz that this arena would be classed up to rival other arenas such as Staples in LA. It now is clear that from the exterior or lack of this will be a basic utility arena which is slightly disappointing. I will still fly to LA for any event at Staples anytime.

    • I don’t have much to compare to, but it’s a beautiful arena! Do people want to eat inside an arena when there are so many great restaurants nearby? The selection of options has grown a lot recently, so hopefully that’ll take care of the dining component. Guess we’ll see.

  • Bouldersteve

    Will my Sprint phone work in inside the T-Mobile Arena?