T-Mobile Arena Sets the Bar in Arena Design

April 6, 2016 / Brad Clark

Along with its authenticity and Las Vegas spirit, T-Mobile Arena’s biggest impact is in setting the new standard for future entertainment venues. Because of our longstanding relationship with Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), we knew concerts and live entertainment were a primary driver for the arena. It needed to flexibly host not only concerts but a wide variety of events including hockey, basketball, boxing, rodeos, circuses and other family shows.

We placed a big emphasis on the quick and efficient changeover from event to event. T-Mobile Arena’s seating bowl, for example, features an unprecedented 20 rows of state-of-the-art variable rise seating at stage end. The setup maximizes capacity in that area and drives revenue.

The diversity of spaces and premium amenities also sets T-Mobile Arena apart. Like my Populous colleague Brian Mirakian touched on in his FOMO-driven Design post, the Las Vegas of today is driven by outstanding live performances. We needed an arena design that could hold its own with nearby attractions and entertainment that cater to a wide range of demographics – from locals to international visitors.

Most notable in the spectrum of seating and event options are two first-of-their-kind experiential club spaces. The connecting lounges of these tower clubs jut prominently beyond the upper seating deck and offer bird’s-eye views of the action below. Altogether, the amenities offer plenty of incentive for event goers to arrive early and stay late.

“This new arena in Las Vegas is destined to be one of the most recognizable, respected and iconic venues in our industry.”

Dan Beckerman, AEG CEO

We cannot wait for the residents and tourists of Las Vegas to experience and be inspired by the new T-Mobile Arena. It offers a fully immersive entertainment experience equipped for audiences of all ages. The arena marks a new day in entertainment venue design and will have a lasting impact on the city.

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Brad Clark

Senior Architect, Senior Principal / Kansas City

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