MGM - AEG Arena
|Former names||MGM-AEG Las Vegas Arena (planning/construction)|
|Address||3780 Las Vegas Blvd S
Las Vegas, NV 89109-9309
|Location||Las Vegas Strip, Paradise|
|Owner||Las Vegas Arena Company|
|Broke ground||May 1, 2014|
|Opened||April 16, 2016(projected date)|
|Construction cost||$375 million|
|Project manager||ICON Venue Group|
|Structural engineer||Thornton Tomasetti|
|Services engineer||ME Engineers|
|General contractor||Penta Building Group
Hunt Construction Group
Las Vegas Arena is an upcoming multipurpose arena located on the Las Vegas Strip in Las Vegas, Nevada. The arena is owned by the Las Vegas Arena Company, a joint venture between MGM Resorts International and the Anschutz Entertainment Group.
The arena will be 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. The arena is expected to be completed by early 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.
MGM and AEG announced their joint arena plan on March 1, 2013. 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, and the retention of prominent sports architecture firm Populous to design the project. Other firms on the project include: the ICON Venue Group, Thornton Tomasetti, ME Engineers, Penta Building Group and Hunt Construction Group.
The project broke ground on May 1, 2014, 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.
UFC president Dana White said that he had been "promised" the privilege of hosting the first sporting event at the arena, and that the mixed martial arts promotion would consider holding more events at the new arena. Dana White announced at the UFC Fan Expo on July 10, 2015 that UFC 200 will take place on July 2, 2016 at the arena.
|April 19, 2016||Fans Rule World Tour||Harlem Globetrotters|
|April 22–23, 2016
September 9–10, 2016
December 2–3, 2016
February 17–18, 2017
|Strait to Vegas||George Strait|
|May 14, 2016||Unbreakable World Tour||Janet Jackson|
|July 2, 2016||UFC 200||-|
|November 2–6, 2016||Professional Bull Riders World Finals||-|
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