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For the Czech venue named T-Mobile Arena from 2002 to 2008, see Tipsport Arena (Prague).

Coordinates: 36°06′10″N 115°10′42″W / 36.10278°N 115.17833°W / 36.10278; -115.17833

T-Mobile Arena
T-Mobile Arena logo.png
T-Mobile Arena Outside.jpg
Exterior of the arena
Former names Las Vegas Arena (planning/construction)
Address 3780 South Las Vegas Boulevard
Location Paradise, Nevada
Owner Anschutz Entertainment Group (50%)
MGM Resorts International (50%)
Capacity Overall: 20,000
Basketball: 18,000
Boxing/MMA: 20,000
Ice hockey: 17,500
Concerts: 12,000–20,000[1]
Acreage 16 acres
Construction
Broke ground May 1, 2014 (2014-05-01)
Opened April 6, 2016 (2016-04-06)
Construction cost $375 million
Architect Populous
Project manager ICON Venue Group
Structural engineer Thornton Tomasetti
Services engineer ME Engineers
General contractor Penta Building Group
Hunt Construction Group
Tenants
Las Vegas expansion team (NHL) (2017–)
Website
t-mobilearena.com

T-Mobile Arena is a multi-use indoor arena on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, named by and for T-Mobile.[2] Opened on April 6, 2016, the arena is a joint venture between MGM Resorts International and the Anschutz Entertainment Group. Since its opening, the venue has primarily been used for entertainment events such as concerts, and has been booked for one-off combat sports events, and other annual sporting events. Beginning in the fall of 2017, it will serve as the home arena for a National Hockey League (NHL) expansion team.[3]

The arena is accessed by a new development project known as The Park, with retail and dining space between New York-New York and the Monte Carlo casino hotels.[4][5][6]

History[edit]

Interior of venue, shown March 31, 2016.
Interior of venue, shown 2016.

The Anschutz Entertainment Group first tried to build an arena in Las Vegas in association with Harrah's Entertainment. In 2007, the joint venture announced they would build a 20,000 seat stadium behind the Bally's and Paris casino-hotels.[7] Caesars Entertainment, Inc. had previously envisioned using the location to build a baseball park, but the company's buyout by Harrah's cancelled the plans. Through the following year, Harrah's got uncertain on continuing with the project, not knowing if AEG would split the costs, and whether building a major league-ready stadium without a guaranteed franchise to play on it would be feasible given the enduring financial crisis.[8] The original plans were to break ground on June 2008 and finish the arena in 2010, but by 2009, it was revealed the stalled project had not even done a traffic study despite being located near a busy intersection.[9] In 2010, the plans were changed to use an area behind the Imperial Palace. However, given the financing would require a special taxation district, opposition from Clark County regarding using public money in the project stalled it even further.[10] AEG eventually backed out completely by 2012, once MGM Resorts International came up with their own project using a terrain behind the New York-New York and Monte Carlo resorts. This attracted AEG primarily for not relying on public funding.[11]

MGM and AEG announced their joint arena plan on March 1, 2013.[12] Plans were further fleshed out over the following months with the announcement of a $100-million pedestrian shopping area to serve as a gateway to the arena,[13] and the retention of prominent sports architecture firm Populous to design the project.[14] Other firms on the project include: the ICON Venue Group,[15] Thornton Tomasetti,[16] ME Engineers,[17] Penta Building Group and Hunt Construction Group.[18]

The project broke ground on May 1, 2014,[19] followed by the demolition of existing buildings, and excavation of an oval area for the arena. The final steel beam of the structure was placed on May 27, 2015.[20]

In January 2016, T-Mobile US announced it had acquired the naming rights to the new arena in a multi-year contract.[21][22] The arena held its grand opening on April 6, 2016 with a concert by Las Vegas natives The Killers, Shamir and Wayne Newton.[23] Country music artists Martina McBride and Cam performed at a soft opening on March 31, 2016.[24]

Tenants[edit]

During its construction, T-Mobile Arena was prospected as the home arena for a National Hockey League expansion team in Las Vegas.[25][26][27] The expansion bid was approved and announced by the NHL on June 22, 2016; the new team will begin play in the 2017–18 season.[3][28]

Beginning in 2016, after spending 17 years (1999–2015) at the Thomas & Mack Center, the PBR World Finals will move to T-Mobile Arena.[29] On March 11, 2016, the Pac-12 Conference announced that it would move its men's basketball tournament from the Grand Garden Arena to T-Mobile Arena beginning in 2017.[30]

Notable events[edit]

On May 7, 2016, T-Mobile Arena hosted its first major sports event, a boxing match between Canelo Álvarez and Amir Khan for the lineal, The Ring, and WBC middleweight championships.[31]

UFC president Dana White stated in October 2015 that he had been "promised" the privilege of hosting the first sports event at the arena, and that the mixed martial arts promotion would consider holding more events at the new arena based on the new relationship. It was also speculated that the UFC had also made an offer to acquire the naming rights to the venue.[32] T-Mobile Arena hosted UFC 200 on July 9, 2016.[33] A July 7 UFC 202 press conference was partially ruined by the arena's acoustics and sound system, which left many questions unheard and unanswered. White and headliners Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz criticized the sound quality as it deteriorated around them; journalist Ariel Helwani tweeted it was "incredibly hard to hear anything".[34]

Musical events
Sports events
Other entertainment events
Events held at T-Mobile Arena
Date Event / Performer(s) Notes
March 31, 2016[24] Martina McBride & Cam Soft opening / dress rehearsal
April 6, 2016[35] The Killers, with Wayne Newton & Shamir Opening night concert
April 7, 2016[36][37] Nicki Minaj, with Ariana Grande
April 8–9, 2016[38][39] Guns N' Roses Not in This Lifetime... Tour
April 19, 2016[40][41] Harlem Globetrotters 2016 World Tour
April 22–23, 2016
September 9–10, 2016
December 2–3, 2016
February 17–18, 2017[42]
George Strait Strait to Vegas
April 30, 2016[43][44] Billy Joel Billy Joel in Concert
May 7, 2016[45] Canelo Álvarez vs. Amir Khan Lineal, Ring, and WBC Middleweight Championship
May 22, 2016[46] Billboard Music Awards
June 1 & 5, 2016[47][48] Miss USA
June 19, 2016[49] WWE Money in the Bank Dean Ambrose defeated Seth Rollins in main event
June 24–25, 2016
July 2–4, 2016[50][51]
Garth Brooks, with Trisha Yearwood The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood
July 6–9, 2016[52] UFC International Fight Week Culminating in UFC 200: Tate vs. Nunes
July 16, 2016[53] Dixie Chicks DCX MMXVI World Tour
July 22, 2016[54] USA vs. Argentina basketball
August 6, 2016[55] Barbra Streisand The Music... The Mem'ries... The Magic!
August 19, 2016[56] Gwen Stefani, with Eve This Is What the Truth Feels Like Tour
August 20, 2016[57] UFC 202: Diaz vs. McGregor 2
August 21, 2016[58] Slipknot & Marilyn Manson The Hell Not Hallelujah Tour
September 1, 2016[59] Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams Tour
September 11, 2016[60] Drake & Future Summer Sixteen Tour
September 23–24, 2016[61] iHeartRadio Music Festival
October 7, 2016[62] Los Angeles Kings vs. Dallas Stars
October 8, 2016[62] Los Angeles Kings vs. Colorado Avalanche Frozen Fury
October 9, 2016[63] ASU vs. UNLV hockey
October 13, 2016[64] Los Angeles Lakers vs. Sacramento Kings
October 15, 2016[64] Los Angeles Lakers vs. Golden State Warriors
October 19 & 22, 2016[65] The Rolling Stones
October 21, 2016[66] Keith Urban Ripcord World Tour
October 28, 2016[67] Five Finger Death Punch & Shinedown
October 29, 2016[68] Kanye West Saint Pablo Tour
November 2–6, 2016[69] Professional Bull Riders World Finals
November 17, 2016[70] Latin Grammy Awards
November 19, 2016[71] Sergey Kovalev vs. Andre Ward
November 28, 2016[72] Carrie Underwood Storyteller Tour: Stories in the Round
December 9, 2016[73] Maxwell & Mary J. Blige King and Queen of Hearts World Tour
December 10, 2016[74] Duke vs. UNLV basketball
December 17, 2016[75] Kentucky vs. North Carolina basketball
UCLA vs. Ohio State basketball
CBS Sports Classic
December 19–21, 2016[76] Play 4Kay Shootout Women's college basketball tournament
December 30, 2016[77] UFC 207
March 8–11, 2017[78] Pac-12 Men's Basketball Tournament

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