A Desert Diamond

T-Mobile Arena

  • Las Vegas
  • 2016

CHALLENGE. T-Mobile Arena, an AEG and MGM Resorts International joint venture, tells a cohesive story about Las Vegas and its contrasting influences through a dynamic design. With the desert and Spring Mountains directly to the west, and the pulsating Las Vegas Boulevard to the east, the arena design captures these juxtaposing facets and melds them into an authentic expression of the city’s drama and excitement while showcasing the spectacular surrounding landscape.

INNOVATION. To capture the excitement of The Strip, the design includes an expansive glass façade with an LED overlay; sweeping, dramatic balconies along Park Avenue (formerly Rue de Monte Carlo); an outdoor performance stage and a sleek exterior that is as bold as it is sophisticated, creating an iconic focal point amongst the city’s bustling entertainment market. Desert and mountain influences are expressed in the south and west facades of the arena – a solid skin that protects against the intense desert sun. This “of the desert” skin wraps the arena’s elliptical form with undulating bands of metal that evoke the color and sedimentary layering of the desert mountains.

Interior spaces within replicate the sedimentary layering visible on the exterior, 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. The arena also makes use of a new arrangement of the seating bowl, to allow for maximum seating capacity when set up for concerts. Two dramatic sponsor towers provide unique vantage points and showcase the glamour, energy and ‘see and be seen’ nature of the city, creating a premium experience that will be a bold statement for Las Vegas.

IMPACT. Populous’ design for AEG & MGM Resorts’ new arena creates a monumental impact on the entertainment landscape of Las Vegas’ bustling Strip, providing the city with a first class arena capable of hosting everything from awards shows to concerts to NBA and NHL games. It provides an elegant design and an impetus for a new kind of arena that thinks beyond traditional premium spaces and seating bowl configurations to pave the way for a new kind of sports and entertainment experience.


  • 2017 ALSD Spotlight Award | Suites Category