Orleans Arena

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This article is about the multi-purpose arena in Las Vegas. For the facility formerly known as New Orleans Arena, see Smoothie King Center. For arenas in Orléans, France, see Palais des Sports (Orléans) and Zénith d'Orléans.
Orleans Arena
Orleans Arena.svg
Location 4500 West Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas, NV 89103
Coordinates 36°6′21″N 115°12′8″W / 36.10583°N 115.20222°W / 36.10583; -115.20222Coordinates: 36°6′21″N 115°12′8″W / 36.10583°N 115.20222°W / 36.10583; -115.20222
Owner Coast Casinos
Operator Coast Casinos
Capacity Boxing: 9,500[1]
Concert: 8,921[1]
Ice hockey: 7,773[1]
Basketball: 7,471[1]
Rodeo: 5,736[1]
Surface Multi-surface
Construction
Broke ground February 5, 2002[2]
Opened May 25, 2003[8]
Construction cost $85 million[3]
($109 million in 2014 dollars[4])
Architect Sink Combs Dethlefs
Klai Juba
Structural engineer John A. Martin & Associates[5]
Services engineer JBA Consulting Engineers[6]
General contractor Tiberti Construction[7]
Tenants
Las Vegas Wranglers (ECHL) (2003–2014)
Las Vegas Gladiators (AFL) (2007)
WCC Men's Basketball Tournament (WCC) (2009–present)
ArenaCup X (AF2) (2009)
WAC Basketball Tournament (WAC) (2011-present)
National Alliance Soccer League (2006)
Las Vegas Sin (LFL) (2011-present)
Las Vegas Legends (MASL) (2012-present)

The Orleans Arena is a 9,500 seat multi-purpose arena in Paradise, Nevada. It is home to the Las Vegas Sin women's football team and is also an occasional home for the UNLV Rebels basketball team when the Thomas & Mack Center is in use. The arena was previously the home of the Las Vegas Wranglers ice hockey team from 2003 to 2014 and the Las Vegas Gladiators arena football team in 2007. It is located at the Orleans Hotel and Casino and is operated by Coast Casinos, a subsidiary of Boyd Gaming Corporation.

Notable events[edit]

  • On July 12, 2003, Ricardo Mayorga retained The Ring welterweight championship with a majority decision over Vernon Forrest, and Zab Judah defeated Demarcus Corley on the undercard.[9]
  • The first Las Vegas Wranglers game at the Orleans Arena was on October 10, 2003 in which a crowd of 2,817 saw the Wranglers defeat the Bakersfield Condors 4-2 in an exhibition game.[10][11]
  • The Stanley Cup visited Orleans Arena on November 25, 2005.[12]
  • The arena was the site of the first ever NCAA tournament held in a venue connected to a casino with a sports book, the Las Vegas (College Basketball) Invitational from November 22–26, 2006.[13] The West Coast Conference has held their basketball tournaments for men and women at the venue since 2009, the first Division I conference tournament to do so at that type of venue.[14] In addition the Western Athletic Conference held its 2011 men's tourney at Orleans Arena and did again in 2012.[15]
  • In 2007, the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena Football League moved to the arena from the Thomas & Mack Center. The move failed to increase community interest and the team moved to Cleveland, Ohio, in 2008.
  • On March 7, 2007, Mikey Way of My Chemical Romance got married to his fiancée Alicia Simmons in the backstage area.
  • From February 26–28, 2009, the NIAA State Basketball Championship was held at the Orleans Arena. All classifications (1A-4A) attended and played at this venue.
  • On August 22, 2009, the af2's (arena football) ArenaCup was played between the Spokane Shock and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers. Spokane won the game, 74-27.
  • On November 26, 2011, the UNLV men's basketball team upset number 1 ranked North Carolina at the arena.[16]
  • On February 5, 2012, the arena played host to the LFL Lingerie Bowl IX. Los Angeles defeated Philadelphia 28-6.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Event Production - Configurations". OrleansArena.com. Retrieved March 25, 2008. 
  2. ^ Weatherford, Mike (February 10, 2001). "The Orleans Optimistic About Arena". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved September 23, 2011. 
  3. ^ Orleans Arena - Event Production
  4. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  5. ^ Southwest Construction - 2003 Top Projects in Nevada
  6. ^ "Markets". JBA Consulting Engineers. Retrieved May 8, 2014. 
  7. ^ Tiberti Construction - Orleans Arena
  8. ^ Kantowski, Ron (April 1, 2003). "Orleans Arena Could House Prep Title Games". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved September 23, 2011. 
  9. ^ Springer, Steve (July 13, 2003). "Mayorga Holds On to Titles". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 27, 2012. 
  10. ^ Feour, Royce (October 10, 2003). "Wranglers Bring Hockey Back to Las Vegas Tonight". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved May 27, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Wranglers Win Exhibition Opener". Las Vegas Review-Journal. October 11, 2003. Retrieved May 27, 2012. 
  12. ^ Wranglers Weekly Update
  13. ^ Carp, Steve (July 27, 2006). "New Home Court: College Events Move to Orleans". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved May 27, 2012. 
  14. ^ "WCC, Arena Sign Three-Year Extension". ESPN. July 22, 2009. Retrieved May 27, 2012. 
  15. ^ Carp, Steve (March 9, 2011). "WAC Enters As WCC Exits at Orleans Arena". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved May 27, 2012. 
  16. ^ Brewer, Ray (November 27, 2011). "Rebels Party Like It’s 1990, Knock Off Top-Ranked North Carolina". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved May 27, 2012. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Thomas & Mack Center
Home of the
Las Vegas Gladiators

2007
Succeeded by
Quicken Loans Arena