A Look At The Brand New T-Mobile Arena In Las Vegas (Photos)
In April of this year, the $375 million T-Mobile Arena opened in Las Vegas. The sparkling 20,000-seat venue (17,500 for hockey & 18,000 for basketball) marks the first large scale Southern Nevada indoor stadium built outside of either the UNLV campus or as part of a hotel/casino. The facility is located on the northeast intersection of I-15 and Tropicana Ave., immediately behind the Monte Carlo and New York – New York hotels.
Beginning in the fall of 2017, the arena’s main tenant will be an expansion NHL franchise. In addition, the complex will host the annual Pac-12 basketball tournament, as well as other neutral site and preseason college and NBA games, the PBR World Finals, UFC and boxing cards and professional wrestling. Away from sports, T-Mobile Arena has already become Las Vegas’ premiere location for concerts and award shows.
The exterior of the building is designed to pay homage to both Las Vegas and the surrounding Nevada desert. The glass and neon dominated entrance is intended to resemble the iconic Las Vegas Strip, with the brownish rock-like portion of the outside meant to portray a desert landscape.
The desert section of the exterior provides VIP entrances to the building, which features 44 luxury suites, 8 event level suites, 2 party suites and multiple club areas.
Because it’s Las Vegas, the arena houses an 18,000-square-foot branch of the sbe owned Hyde Lounge nightclub.
The front entrance to the arena is set amid the two-acre Toshiba Plaza, designed to host outdoor concerts, fan festivals and other large-scale gatherings.
A very unique design concept of the T-Mobile Arena involves an area known as The Park. The pedestrian stretch of restaurants, watering holes and entertainment options (set amongst displays of art and nature) connects the Toshiba Plaza with Las Vegas Blvd. Most of the indoor aspects of this stretch are built within the first floor of the New York – New York edifice.