Epic Las Vegas Arena is Going to Drop Jaws, Change Games

Two of our favorite Las Vegas P.R. buzzwords are “jaw-dropping” and “game-changing.” We’re happy to report the under-construction Las Vegas Arena is set to both drop jaws and change the game.

Las Vegas Arena

Boom! This blog isn’t about foreplay. It’s about boom.

The new Las Vegas Arena (currently seeking a naming rights partner, so expect it to be
called something else), has reached a turning point in its construction. The “rough”
construction of the 20,000-seat venue is nearing completion, and the project is moving to
the “finishing” stage. The arena’s seats, for example, will be installed in November 2015.
The arena’s final steel beam was put into place on May 27, 2015.

The Las Vegas Arena, a partnership between MGM Resorts International and AEG Live, is
expected to open in April, 2016.

Las Vegas Arena

This is probably more of the foreplay. Just ignore the way we jumped right into the boom. That never happens.

It’s hard to describe the splendor that is the Las Vegas Arena, so we took some photos
which also don’t really capture the splendor, but they’ll have to do for the time being.

While much has been written about the arena itself, some of the most compelling aspects of
the project are around it. An entirely new entertainment and dining district, The Park is
being built between Las Vegas Boulevard and the arena.

The Park originally was going to have several more retail and dining concepts, but MGM
Resorts decided to build a 5,300-seat theater instead (reported first on this very blog,
because that is how we occasionally roll).

Las Vegas Arena

This model shows the project before the theater addition. Those little trees are adorable.

Those distinctive reddish things are pieces of art that will also provide shade for visitors to The Park, between the Monte Carlo and New York-New York resorts. Monte Carlo will get a new name soon, by the way, which we’d mention was also reported first in this blog, but we prefer not to dwell on such things due to our extraordinary modesty.

The Park Las Vegas

MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren (who has stated publicly he doesn’t read this blog, and we can’t blame him) got the inspiration for those reddish shade structures from Holland.

Outside the arena, there will be a two-acre area called Toshiba Plaza, with entertainment
programming before, during and after major arena events. Oh, and also on days when there’s
nothing happening at the arena.

Las Vegas Arena

One of the outdoor stages will be under this balcony thingy.

Toshiba Plaza will hold between 5,000 and 7,000 people and will have three stages. One
stage, the “Plug’n Play,” will set on the ground floor outside the arena. Another stage
will be in front of the New York-New York parking structure and a third, a movable stage,
will be on the opposite (north) side of the plaza.

The Las Vegas Arena itself will have 30 entrances.

When completed, the exterior of the arena will have a giant LED video mesh screen. Probably something along these lines. Below, you can see where the video mesh will attach.

Las Vegas Arena video mesh

The video mesh allows people inside to see out, surely the result of witchcraft.

The Las Vegas Arena is set to host about 100 events a year, including 50 concerts, 25
sporting events (including 15 UFC boxing matches) and five award shows.

So far, just a couple of events have been confirmed at the arena, including a string of
shows by George Strait, a May 14, 2016 concert by Janet Jackson and the PBR World Finals
(Nov. 2-6, 2016).

The arena will also be the home of a new NHL expansion team, so fans can anticipate 41-43
hockey games per season. The new team won’t take up residence in the Las Vegas Arena until
2017.

Las Vegas Arena

This is the main lobby. It’s spacious and umpteen stories high. “Umpteen” is shorthand, of course, for “We failed to take notes.”

Are we having fun yet? Because we had a blast seeing the Las Vegas Arena, even in its
unfinished state.

Las Vegas Arena

Once the arena opens, please use a coaster. Don’t make them cover everything in plastic.

We honestly had no idea what a thing arenas have become. It’s an experience far beyond
what’s onstage or on the ice.

For example, the Las Vegas Arena will feature a number of lounges and Tower Clubs. The
Tower Clubs are a wonder to behold. They’re 100 feet up and jut out over the seats below.
Each Tower Club has a 125-person capacity.

Las Vegas Arena Tower Club

If you look closely, you can see where the Tower Club will be. It looks like the front of an Imperial Battle Cruiser.

The arena’s two Tower Clubs will be run by a Las Vegas nightlife operator that hasn’t been
officially announced yet. There aren’t all that many, so you have about a 50/50 shot at
guessing it.

Las Vegas Arena Tower Club

This is the view from one of the Tower Clubs, soon to be a must-have photo op in Las Vegas.

There’s also a bridge spanning the arena with a lounge that will accommodate 150-300
people.

We’re not sure how the success of an arena is measured, but it has to be a huge win that
every single one of the Las Vegas Arena’s 42 luxury suites has already been sold. They go
for about $200,000, so that’s no small feat. There’s even a waiting list in case anyone’s
check bounces. Assuming people still writes checks, which we’re fairly sure they don’t.

Las Vegas Arena suite

Each suite comes with 12 tickets per event. When you get a suite, you commit to a five, seven or 10 year contract. That’s a commitment of a million clams, minimum.

The scale of the $375 million Las Vegas Arena is overwhelming. About 2,500 construction
workers are making the arena a reality.

Here’s another angle on the model of the arena and the adjoining New York-New York parking garage.

Las Vegas Arena

If you look closely, you can see a new ramp coming out of the parking structure, as well as the pedestrian bridge between the parking garage and the arena.

The fifth floor walkway will span the two structures, below.

Las Vegas Arena

That square area on the arena wall is likely to be where the bridge goes. Note: We are a blog, not an engineer.

The new arena is going to wow even the most jaded Vegas enthusiasts, and logistical
concerns (like parking) will fall by the wayside when the Las Vegas Arena and The Park
become the new heart of the Las Vegas Strip.

Las Vegas Arena

All right, make that jaw-dropping, game-changing and breathtaking.

Enjoy more exclusive photos in the gallery below, and join us in our unabashed, borderline annoying, gleeful expectancy as we giddily anticipate the opening of the jaw-dropping, game-changing, breathtaking Las Vegas Arena. Or something.

Las Vegas Arena Construction Progress

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  • Jokersmile

    $375 Million can’t buy a lot when it comes to event arenas in today’s money. I was involved with Staples Arena in 1999 that was privately funded for $375 million back then. I just wonder how they are able to develop and construct a facility of higher quality for under $400 million. Seems odd to me and hopefully they are not cutting corners and using imported supplies for the main structure design as was done during the construction of City Center and we all know what happened there.

    • boulder steve

      Do not believe that 375 million figure. When its finished i am sure it will be more. Also construction costs in LA are more.As far as higher quality that remains to be seen.

    • Dean

      Remember that no land had to be acquired for this venture. They already owned the property, so a significant investment was saved through this fact before construction started.

  • Marc Erdheim

    it suxs its aeg arena in la lust in vegas, and 99 percent of the shows wont sellout free tickets for everyone

  • It looks fabulous!!!

  • Jonesy55

    I don’t believe that NHL team has been confirmed yet….has it?

    • No, but it was a done deal a year ago according to insiders (us, mainly). “)

  • D. Pinthot

    Not impressed. Maybe locals have never seen a major league arena. They’re common here in the mid west. Not a big incentive to this tourist.

    • Alex

      But people don’t go for the building, they go for the event.

    • True! It’s a pretty big deal for The Strip in general, though.

  • Misslaydj

    looking forward to the new stores and restaurants “An entirely new entertainment and dining district, The Park is
    being built between Las Vegas Boulevard and the arena”

    • Yeah, it looks like it’s going to be great. The area has already undergone a significant change, but even more offerings are on the way.