Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 | 10:02 a.m.
Executives of AEG and MGM Resorts International have released renderings of their $350 million, 20,000-seat arena.
The renderings came packaged with the companies’ latest project update, showing exterior images of the arena with a buzzing Las Vegas Strip in the background.
The arena is expected to be the centerpiece of MGM’s $100 million project to freshen up a cluttered pathway between Monte Carlo and New York-New York. Set behind the two resorts, the area will extend from Las Vegas Boulevard to Frank Sinatra Drive, running adjacent to the I-15 corridor.
No stranger to gigantic stadium projects, AEG has spearheaded such arenas as Staples Center in Los Angeles, London’s The O2 and the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai.
Officials from both companies plan to break ground on the arena in summer 2014 and open in spring 2016. The area would host NBA and NHL games, boxing and mixed martial arts events and awards ceremonies.
The Populous architectural firm, based in Kansas City, Mo., designed the arena and focused on complementing the stark contrasts between the Strip and the desert that surrounds it.
A giant glass facade on the arena’s eastern edge will be equipped with an LED overlay to evoke the neon glow from the Strip.
Below the facade is a balcony and concert stage. The arena is 145 feet tall.
The design of the arena’s western side will mimic the color and shadows of the mountains surrounding the Las Vegas Valley, using metal bands.
Inside the arena, past the 85-foot-tall atrium, there will be premium seating, VIP zones and club areas for private events.
“The design of the arena ensures that we will create a truly striking entertainment venue for Las Vegas — representing the color, drama and excitement the city exudes,” Brad Clark, senior principal at Populous and a lead designer of the arena, said in a statement. “The arena will be an extension of the Strip’s high energy — our job with the design was to stay authentic to that spirit.”
MGM Grand, a AAA Four Diamond resort, offers 5,044 rooms and suites.
MGM Grand features KÀ by Cirque du Soleil; Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club; and world-class entertainment at the Grand Garden Arena and Hollywood Theatre.
The resort offers signature restaurants by celebrity chefs including Tom Colicchio’s Craftsteak, Emeril Lagasse’s New Orleans Fish House, Wolfgang Puck’s Bar & Grill and Michelin three star and Forbes Five Star restaurant, Joël Robuchon.
As part of its ongoing “Grand Renovation,” MGM Grand has remodeled all rooms and suites in its main tower and is adding several new experiences to its lineup including Hakkasan Las Vegas Restaurant and Nightclub, a new upscale dining/nightlife concept (coming in April 2013).
MGM Grand also features a state-of-the-art, non-smoking conference center, the Grand Spa, Cristophe Salon, "CSI: The Experience" and an inviting pool complex featuring the tantalizing daylife of Wet Republic.
Upscale accommodations include The Mansion, an exclusive hotel within the hotel; the luxurious two-story SKYLOFTS at MGM Grand; and The Signature at MGM Grand, a luxury all-suite, non-gaming hotel located adjacent to the main resort.