T - MOBILE ARENA | POPULOUS
POLLSTAR / BEST NEW MAJOR CONCERT VENUE / 2017
ASSOCIATION OF LUXURY SUITE DIRECTORS / SPOTLIGHT AWARD_SUITES CATEGORY / 2017
SPORTS MANAGEMENT REVIEW / BEST STADIUMS OF THE YEAR / 2016
ENR SOUTHWEST / BEST PROJECT_SPORTS+ENTERTAINMENT / 2016
ANSCHUTZ ENTERTAINMENT GROUP / MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL
HUNT CONSTRUCTION GROUP / PENTA BUILDING GROUP
POPULOUS / DIG STUDIO
T-Mobile Arena – an AEG and MGM Resorts International joint venture, tells a cohesive story about Las Vegas and its contrasting influences through a dynamic design. With the desert and Spring Mountains directly to the west, and the pulsating Las Vegas Boulevard to the east, the arena design captures these juxtaposing facets and melds them into an authentic expression of the city’s drama and excitement while showcasing the spectacular surrounding landscape.
To capture the excitement of The Strip, the design includes an expansive glass façade with an LED overlay; sweeping, dramatic balconies along Park Avenue (formerly Rue de Monte Carlo); an outdoor performance stage and a sleek exterior that is as bold as it is sophisticated, creating an iconic focal point amongst the city’s bustling entertainment market. Desert and mountain influences are expressed in the south and west facades of the arena – a solid skin that protects against the intense desert sun. This “of the desert” skin wraps the arena’s elliptical form with undulating bands of metal that evoke the color and sedimentary layering of the desert mountains.
The arena makes use of a new arrangement of the seating bowl, to allow for maximum seating capacity when set up for concerts. Two first-of-their-kind dramatic sponsor towers provide unique vantage points and showcase the glamour, energy and ‘see and be seen’ nature of the city, creating a premium experience that will be a bold statement for Las Vegas. Interior spaces within the arena replicate the sedimentary layering visible on the exterior, with the lowest level premium spaces and concourse inspired by the strata of the mountains and premium spaces in the upper levels reflecting the oranges, blues and purples of Las Vegas’ dusk sky.
Populous’ design for AEG & MGM Resorts’ new arena creates a monumental impact on the entertainment landscape of Las Vegas’ bustling Strip, providing the city with a first class arena. It provides an elegant design and an impetus for a new kind of arena that thinks beyond traditional premium spaces and seating bowl configurations to pave the way for a new kind of sports and entertainment experience
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