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T-Mobile Arena opens on the Las Vegas Strip
The LEED Gold-certified US$375m multipurpose arena will host more than 100 events each year, and could also serve as the home for professional sports teams
A little under two years after first breaking ground, the Populous-designed T-Mobile Arena has opened in Las Vegas, Nevada. The privately funded, multipurpose sports and entertainment venue has the largest arena capacity in the city, with up to 20,000 spectators (depending on the event type) catered for. The joint venture between MGM Resorts and AEG cost approximately US$375m to build, and the 650,000ft2 arena sits on a 16-acre site. Toshiba Plaza, an adjacent 2-acre outdoor entertainment space, features performance stages, a variety of video screens, and other interactive content and display areas.
As part of the more than 100 events anticipated per year, sports will play a major role at the arena, including the UFC 200 and PBR World Finals that are already scheduled for 2016. From the beginning, the T-Mobile Arena was designed with the possibility of playing home to a professional sports team. Locker rooms created specifically for NHL and NBA teams, and plenty of multipurpose space, enable the venue to hold a wide variety of sporting events, from individual games to multi-day tournaments. Configurable telescopic seating in the lower bowl can create unobstructed sightlines for any sport: shallow for basketball, steep for hockey, and a combination of both for UFC fights. The three-story scoreboard hanging above the event floor provides high-definition video of the action.
The premium seating at the arena creates experiences across all levels. At one end of the venue, opera boxes and terrace tables provide a nightclub-inspired private viewing area for 4-6 guests. The third level includes 44 luxury suites with individual kitchenettes, suite attendants, sofa-style banquettes, and seating for up to 16 guests. Hidden away beneath the lower bowl, right next to the action, are eight 700ft2 event-level suites with private porte cochères for direct access. These feature satellite programming, a private bar, restroom and 16 premium lower-level seats. Two-way mirrors lining one wall provide an insider’s perspective to witness a sports team or performer making their way to the floor from the locker rooms or dressing room.
A fan engagement zone, Vegas Interactive by Toshiba, is located on the arena’s main concourse. The area features Toshiba digital signage technology, including two 12 x 7ft LED video walls, two 55in and one 65in Virtuoso interactive touch displays. Arena concierge apps within Toshiba’s Virtuoso displays allow fans to easily locate their seats, learn about upcoming events, and access detailed information and reviews on nearby restaurants and bars.
The arena’s exterior is dominated by a mesh LED screen facing the Las Vegas Strip. Without hindering the view of guests inside, the 200ft-long screen can display anything from animated video to live performances. Once guests are inside, they are able to live stream, post, text and capture every moment of the action with an optimized wireless network and charging stations throughout the arena. T-Mobile customers can take advantage of America’s fastest 4G LTE network throughout the arena and its plaza, while other guests can gain access to free high-speed wi-fi from Cox on 550 hubs throughout the venue. Guests in certain areas can also use the network for one-touch ordering from their seats with provided tablets.
The arena was constructed in accordance with the US Green Building Council’s LEED Gold standards – 7,000 tons of recycled steel were used and 40% of the other materials were sourced directly from neighboring states. LED light fixtures throughout the arena reduce energy needs by 60% and greenscapes, cool roofs and solar-reflective materials strategically deter heat island effects and maintain cooler temperatures.