April 07, 2016

Las Vegas is a city that's known for having everything. One thing it's long been missing, however, is a world-class entertainment arena, which it finally got yesterday with the grand opening of T-Mobile Arena, a joint venture between AEG and MGM Resorts International.

Located between MGM's New York-New York and Monte Carlo resorts, the venue hosted its grand-opening show last night, featuring Las Vegas band The Killers, "Mr. Las Vegas" Wayne Newton and Las Vegas-born pop star Shamir.

"This is an exciting time for Las Vegas and everyone involved in the development of T-Mobile Arena; tonight we are opening a world-class venue that we believe will become Las Vegas' new center of entertainment," said Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International, which this week also opened The Park outdoor entertainment district, adjacent to the arena. "Las Vegas has long been known as the entertainment capital of the world, and with all the development we've unveiled this week in the neighborhood, you can see our deep commitment to ensuring Las Vegas holds that title for generations to come."

The 20,000-seat T-Mobile Arena will host more than 100 events a year; officials hope it will to attract a professional hockey or basketball team. The venue offers a number of "premiums" for entertaining and private events, including multiple bunker clubs, bunker suites, in-bowl sponsor zones, VIP drop-off zones with private lobbies, an 85-foot-high atrium and numerous exterior balconies offering views of the Strip outside.

The arena features a craft cocktail program designed by celebrity mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim; premium clubs featuring caviar service, freshly sliced charcuterie and hand-carved pork hoison banh mi; gastropubs serving duck-fat frites, hand-carved prime-rib sandwiches and six-layer cakes; an 18,000-square-foot top-floor nightclub with views of the arena floor below; and free high-speed WiFi throughout.

Another highlight of the facility is the two-acre entertainment space fronting the arena, which can be used for concerts broadcasts, and other events. Known as Toshiba Plaza, it has three stages, four 40-foot towers with LED screens, accent lighting and speakers, and a view of the arena's 200-foot-wide mesh LED wall, which can display anything from animated video to live performances.

"We are confident that T-Mobile Arena will transform the entertainment landscape in Las Vegas, further elevating the city's status as one of the iconic sports and entertainment destinations in the world," said Dan Beckerman, president and CEO of AEG. "Bringing together the knowledge, experience, and assets of AEG and MGM Resorts International, T-Mobile Arena will become the region's must-play venue and one of the world's most sought-after destinations for live events. This is the right time, the right location, and the right partnership for this groundbreaking arena."