by Devon Padgett
I recently had the pleasure of touring the brand new 20,000 seat T-Mobile Arena between the New York New York and Monte Carlo properties. Slated to open in just a few short weeks with a Wayne Newton and Killers concert, this arena has it all from plush suites to a monster video board! Coming from the game production world, I continue to be blown away by the sheer amount of technology that goes into these new arenas to power the fan experience. The video boards just keep getting bigger and more clear so I can't wait to see what this looks like once they turn it on for the first time.
The TVs on the concourse were already playing ESPN and we were able to ride the freight elevator to the very top of the arena where the view was just amazing.
Why does a city with no major teams need a new $375 million privately financed facility? Well put simply it's all about the future. While there has been a ton of added convention space the past decade, the only arenas in town are at the Orleans and the MGM and they are too small to house a major political convention or major Rock and Roll tour like U2. My spies tell me that the home locker room is being appointed to NHL standards so the vacancy may not last long if AEG and MGM can find the right team to relocate for the 2016-2017 season.
One of the signature components of the new arena is the lengthy escalators which seem to go into the sky like Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven". There are two of them which transport crowds from the bottom to the top seamlessly.
Parking is going to be at a premium with only the New York New York and Monte Carlo Garages available for on premise parking. Transportation companies including our own AWGAMBASSADOR.COM will be standing by to whisk patrons to and from the arena to help allay any bottlenecks once the events end.
From a design standpoint, the atrium area really stands out as a wide open and airy space with sweeping views of the strip and entertainment pavilion.
From an events standpoint, TMobile arena seems well positioned to become a mecca for UFC, NCAA, music and NBA exhibition games until a permanent team can be found to call it home. For more information about tmobile arena go to their website at arenalasvegas.com