Las Vegas, United States
Basketball, Boxing, Concerts, Ice Hockey
Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Design
CHALLENGE. Two environments come to mind when we think of Las Vegas. One is the glitz and glamour of The Strip. The other is a spectacular surrounding landscape highlighted by the Spring Mountains to the west. The design for T-Mobile Arena, an AEG and MGM Resorts International joint venture, needed to speak to both in a way that felt authentic to locals and tourists alike.
INNOVATION. To capture the excitement of Las Vegas Boulevard sitting just a block away, the arena opens with an expansive glass façade and sweeping 9,000-square-foot LED screen. An outdoor performance stage and sweeping balconies also radiate energy outward into The Park, a winding landscaped space that weaves the arena together with its neighbors.
Meanwhile, the south and west facades of the arena reflect desert and mountain influences and feature a solid skin that protects against the intense desert sun. This “of the desert” skin wraps the arena with rolling bands of metal that evoke the color and sedimentary layering of the desert mountains.
The venue’s interior design also takes its cue from sedimentary layering, with the lowest level premium spaces and concourse inspired by the strata of the mountains and premium spaces in the upper levels reflecting the oranges, blues and purples of Las Vegas’ dusk sky. Two dramatic sponsor towers provide bird’s-eye views and showcase the ‘see and be seen’ nature of the city.
IMPACT. Our design for AEG & MGM Resorts’ new arena provides the city with a first-class venue, one that thinks beyond traditional premium spaces and seating bowl configurations. MGM expects the venue to generate an additional $900 million in economic impact. Since opening, T-Mobile Arena has become the official homes to both the UFC and NHL’s Vegas Golden Knights.
I can tell you when you visit this arena tonight, and any night, you will say there’s no better arena, no better venue in the world.Jim Murren / MGM Chairman and CEO
Facts and Figures
- LEED Certification
- Project cost
- $375 million
- Square footage
- Capacity (hockey)
- Outdoor LED screen size
- 9,000 square feet
- Best New Major Concert Venue | Pollstar
- Spotlight Award - Suites Category | ALSD
- Engineering Honor Award | ACEC Colorado
- Excellence in Safety Award | Engineering News Record
- Best Projects - Sports/Entertainment Category | ENR Southwest
- Best Stadiums of the Year | Sports Management Review