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Las Vegas Arena
Las Vegas Arena logo.jpg
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
Operator AEG Live
  • Overall: 20,000
  • Basketball: 18,800
  • Boxing/MMA: 20,000
  • Hockey: 17,500
  • Concerts:12,000-19,600
Acreage 16 acres
Broke ground May 1, 2014 (2014-05-01)
Opened April 16, 2016 (2016-04-16) (projected date)
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
Venue Website

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,[1][2] 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.[3][4][5] The arena is expected to be completed by early 2016.[6]


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]

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.[21] 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.[22]

After spending 17 years (1999-2015) at the Thomas & Mack Center, the Professional Bull Riders (PBR) has moved its annual World Finals to the Las Vegas Arena starting with the 2016 season.

The arena has been considered a home venue for a possible National Hockey League expansion team in Las Vegas.[23][24][25]


Events held at the Las Vegas Arena
Date Event Performer(s)
April 19, 2016[26] Fans Rule World Tour Harlem Globetrotters
April 22–23, 2016
September 9–10, 2016
December 2–3, 2016
February 17–18, 2017[27]
Strait to Vegas George Strait
May 14, 2016[28] Unbreakable World Tour Janet Jackson
July 2, 2016[29] UFC 200 -
November 2–6, 2016[30] Professional Bull Riders World Finals -

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Form 10-K: MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL (pdf) (annual report), Washington, D.C.: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, February 28, 2014, p. 9, retrieved October 29, 2015 
  2. ^ "Form 10-Q for MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL". Yahoo! Finance. Yahoo Inc. May 8, 2014. Archived from the original on October 16, 2014. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ Ritter, Ken (June 18, 2013). "AEG, MGM to Develop 20,000 Seat Las Vegas Strip Arena". The Denver Post (Digital First Media). Retrieved June 18, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Las Vegas Getting 20K-Seat Arena". Fox Sports (Fox Broadcasting Company). June 18, 2013. Retrieved June 18, 2013. 
  5. ^ Collison, Kevin (June 18, 2013). "KC-Based Firm Populous to Design New Arena in Las Vegas". The Kansas City Star. Retrieved June 18, 2013. 
  6. ^ Snel, Alan (April 17, 2014). "AEG-MGM Arena Project to Break Ground May 1". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved May 8, 2014. 
  7. ^ ESPN - Vegas, baby? Arena envisioned to draw pro team to city - ESPN
  8. ^ Benston, Liz (September 27, 2008). "Harrah’s still wants arena, but how much will it pay?". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 2010-09-05. 
  9. ^ "Insiders Tight Lipped on Las Vegas Arena". KLAS-TV. January 20, 2009. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  10. ^ Las Vegas foundation drops arena effort
  11. ^ "MGM & AEG Building a 20,000-Seat Arena on the Las Vegas Strip". Billboard. Associated Press. June 19, 2013. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  12. ^ "MGM Resorts announces plan for 20,000-seat arena". Las Vegas Sun. March 1, 2013. Retrieved January 21, 2015. 
  13. ^ Stutz, Howard (April 18, 2013). "MGM has grand plans with trendy plaza, sports arena". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved January 21, 2015. 
  14. ^ Snel, Alan (June 18, 2013). "World-famed architect announced for MGM arena". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved January 21, 2015. 
  15. ^ Snel, Alan (November 5, 2013). "AEG, MGM Resorts International Offer First Look at Arena on Las Vegas Strip". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved May 8, 2014. 
  16. ^ Jones, Jenny (February 18, 2014). "New Arena Design Reflects Las Vegas’s Milieu". Civil Engineering. Retrieved May 8, 2014. 
  17. ^ "Designing a Winning Sports Venue". Consulting-Specifying Engineer. April 27, 2014. Retrieved November 22, 2014. 
  18. ^ Robison, Jennifer (December 22, 2013). "Las Vegas Construction Poised to Prosper in 2014". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved May 8, 2014. 
  19. ^ Snel, Alan (May 1, 2014). "Shovels in the Ground, Confetti in the Air as MGM/AEG Arena Construction Begins". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved May 8, 2014. 
  20. ^ Snel, Alan (May 27, 2015). "Construction workers install final beam at MGM arena". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved July 8, 2015. 
  21. ^ "UFC reportedly could scoop up naming rights for Las Vegas arena, home of UFC 200". USA Today. October 28, 2015. Retrieved October 29, 2015. 
  22. ^ "UFC 200 announced and will be in conjunction with 2016 convention". Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Weekly. July 10, 2015. Archived from the original on July 11, 2015. Retrieved October 29, 2015. 
  23. ^ "NHL says no credibility to report of Las Vegas expansion team". Las Vegas Sun. August 27, 2014. Retrieved August 28, 2014. 
  24. ^ "NHL denies expansion report, including a second team in Toronto". Toronto Star. August 27, 2014. Retrieved August 28, 2014. 
  25. ^ "Maloof family joins effort to land Las Vegas NHL team". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 13 November 2014. 
  26. ^ "Harlem Globetrotters tickets". AXS. Anschutz Entertainment Group. Retrieved October 29, 2015. 
  27. ^ Reuter, Annie (October 28, 2015). "George Strait Extends Las Vegas Run to 2017". Taste of Country. Townsquare Media. Retrieved October 29, 2015. 
  28. ^ Katsilometes, John (October 12, 2015). "Janet Jackson’s May date in Las Vegas is Las Vegas Arena". Las Vegas Sun. The Greenspun Corporation. Retrieved October 29, 2015. 
  29. ^ Cepeda, Elias (July 10, 2015). "UFC 200 announced for July 2016 in new MGM-AEG Arena". Fox Sports. Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. Retrieved October 29, 2015. 
  30. ^ Jarvis, Katherine (October 27, 2015). "Professional Bull Riders celebrates move to new Las Vegas arena". KTNV-TV. E. W. Scripps Company. Retrieved October 29, 2015.