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Upping the Entertainment Ante

The T-Mobile Arena brings new dimension to Las Vegas’ considerable entertainment options.

Agent@Home | Destination & Tourism | Lark Ellen Gould

Upping the Entertainment Ante

PHOTO: Fireworks in the sky at the opening of T-Mobile Arena. (photo by Al Powers)

The 20,000-seat, $575 million T-Mobile Arena flanking the gleaming new Toshiba Plaza and The Park leading to it from the Las Vegas Strip is everything that Las Vegas is: burly, bright, mesmerizing – and completely entertaining.

Set between the Monte Carlo Resort & Casino and New York, New York, it is nothing short of striking. The complex fills the space with something not often seen in this desert mecca: open leisure space. The Park invites sidewalk ramblers to edge westward on their walk and check out the tree sculptures, performance artists, clever water designs and oh-so-sweet shaded sitting areas between the two imposing Las Vegas Strip hotels. And then, of course, once rested, an attractive phalanx of cafés and restaurants beckons.

The two-acre park offers a lineup of tempting dining options, including Shake Shack; open-air Bruxie for prodigious choices in waffles; Beerhaus, for a dizzying menu of craft beers along with all the (free) bar games you could ever want to play; California Pizza Kitchen; and Sake Rok, for singing, celebrating, sake bombing and sushi stacking.

It all leads to the crowned achievement in this Stripside oeuvre: the T-Mobile Arena, where the lineup of rock star performances and pro-sports competitions reads like the coming attractions for Madison Square Garden of the West. The Killers, Billy Joel and the reunion concert of Guns ’n Roses have already filled the arena – and the space just opened in April. Future headliners will include such names as Barbra Streisand, Coldplay, the Rolling Stones, George Strait and Kanye West.

The T-Mobile Arena will also be the home of a new National Hockey League team. On June 22, the NHL granted an expansion franchise to Las Vegas, which will start playing as its 31st team in the 2017-18 season.

The partnership between AEG, T-Mobile and MGM Grand was designed in much the same fashion as LA Live was in Los Angeles, as an entertainment park attached to the Staples Center. The Staples Center has one NHL and two NBA sports teams. (The Oakland Raiders continue discussions about a possible move to Las Vegas, but probably in a new domed stadium.)

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“The arena adds a lot to Las Vegas, as Las Vegas is really all about entertainment. The arena changes the profile of the city and provides a place for a variety of events,” says Jeff Eisenhart, vice president-leisure sales and marketing at MGM Resorts International. “It’s a smart concept that blends in the creative park concept to the experience of going to a show or game at the arena. We think it will be a great demand generator.”

The arena has no shortage of sit-and-sip spots for VIPs who want to watch events unfold as they enjoy certain comforts. It has six premium lounge areas, including the 18,000-square-foot Hyde Lounge nightclub on the top floor. There are eight “event-level” suites on the floor level, each outfitted with flat-screen monitors, a bar, couches and seating for 16. The 44 luxury suites are mostly owned by corporations. But two party suites and several terrace areas are up for buyouts.

To keep VIPs sated and quenched, a menu of labor-intensive gourmet off erings and spirits, hand-crafted by celebrity mixologist Tony Abou-Ganum, are at the ready. Because the arena bears T-Mobile on its marquis, the VIP rooms, lounges and stadium space are network optimized throughout and include charging stations.

Additional construction is expected to finish later this year on a 5,000-seat park theater just astride of the Monte Carlo. The venue will be well suited for mid-level entertainment needs and conferences that require fl exible seating options.


Travel agents say the new T-Mobile Arena will enhance the way in which they sell Las Vegas.

“My clients are always looking to travel to Las Vegas for events – say, a fight, a special concert or spring training when the Cubs are in town,” says Karen Kimmey of OK Travel Agency Inc. in Chicago.

Adds Alex Dalton of Travel with Alex, a Travel Experts affiliate in Austin, Tex., “The new arena will help with my leisure clients who are headed to Las Vegas for concerts and will definitely please my production and music clients. The new arena is a win-win all around for me.”

Jeff Eisenhart, vice president-leisure sales and marketing at MGM Resorts International, notes that Las Vegas and the offerings from MGM International continue to grow. “Agents are an extension of us and, with agents, we are breaking visitor records all the time,” he says. “We want agents to know what we are doing as we get more and more people to visit Las Vegas. A project like the new arena does not just lift our properties, it’s an uplift for all Las Vegas properties.”

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A version of this article appears in print in the July 2016 issue of Agent@Home Magazine.