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November 13, 2019

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Thomas & Mack 25th Anniversary

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Charlie Daniels hits December gold with official NFR song
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
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Thomas & Mack: More than just an arena, it's a place where Las Vegas families create traditions
Thursday, November 21, 2013
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The goal of the evening was simple: Introduce a new generation in my family to UNLV basketball. That’s what we native Las Vegans do with our children. We bring them to the Thomas & Mack Center for a taste of one of the highlights of our youth, hoping they will also get a case of Runnin’ Rebel fever. It’s a rite of passage, a baptism of sorts in cheering for a basketball program that’s near and dear to our hearts.
Here are the Thomas & Mack events and trivia you need to impress the guy behind you in the beer line
Thursday, November 21, 2013
A look at major events in Thomas & Mack history, plus some facts about the center.
Photo: A view of the concourse at the Thomas & Mack Cente
With 30 years under its belt, Thomas & Mack slated for $60 million in upgrades
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Since it opened, the Thomas & Mack Center has become one of the most storied and successful collegiate venues in the country. As the Mack celebrates its 30th birthday, UNLV officials are taking stock of their arena, celebrating its successes so far but also looking toward its future.
Photo: Former UNLV head basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian
The Top 10 moments in the Thomas & Mack’s 30-year history
Thursday, November 21, 2013
As today marks the 30th anniversary of the Thomas & Mack Center at UNLV, we honor the Las Vegas landmark with a Top 10 list of memorable moments at the T&M.
Happy Birthday to the Mack: Here are 10 memorable UNLV games we're still celebrating
Happy Birthday to the Mack: Here are 10 memorable UNLV games we're still celebrating
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Whether the UNLV basketball team was playing a nationally televised game or a run-of-the-mill foe, locals flocked to the Thomas & Mack Center for the best show in a city known for its over-the-top productions.
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The biggest fights at the Thomas & Mack Center and how they got there
Thursday, November 21, 2013
From Bowe vs. Holyfield to Liddell vs. Couture, venue has rich history in combat sports
Because of the building’s reputation for holding events across such a wide spectrum of categories, many tend to gloss over its fight history. To others, however, the bouts have more than secured their place in the Thomas & Mack’s lore.
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Sharing Thomas & Mack memories
Thursday, November 21, 2013
The Las Vegas Sun asked readers to share their favorite memories from the Thomas & Mack's 30 year history. Here are some of their responses.
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No. 1: A sky hook for the history books
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thomas & Mack Turns 25: Abdul-Jabbar sets NBA career scoring record in Mack's first year
Improbably, the Los Angeles Lakers and Abdul-Jabbar were playing against Utah in a Las Vegas “home” game for the Jazz. The Jazz weren’t faring so well in Salt Lake City, so its brass decided to play 11 games in Las Vegas during the 1983-84 season. A crowd of 18,389 – mostly Lakers fans – gathered to witness history.
Photo: A preview poster from UNLV's 1989-90 basketball se
No. 2: Capping off a dream season
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Thomas & Mack Turns 25: Win over Louisville springboards Rebels to NCAA title
They were 16-0 in their building when Louisville visited Las Vegas, so a victory over the Cardinals would give UNLV its best home season in its 7-year-old arena. It was the only season in which more than 300,000 fans packed the Mack, and they saw history in the making.
No. 3: NFR is Thomas & Mack's cash cow
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
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To say that the National Finals Rodeo has become the Thomas & Mack Center's cash cow is putting it literally, not mildly. There's nothing mild about the NFR.
No. 4: U2 plays tribute show after 9/11
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Thomas & Mack Turns 25:
The audience swayed to the classic-rock house music, and when the familiar guitar intro to “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” kicked in, whoever was manning the volume jacked it up past nine, to 11, and out marched the band whose soaring live performance would certainly pay tribute to the still-wrenching tragedy. As the band charged into “Elevation,” the lights stayed up, almost to the song’s end as fans bounced and roared. Maybe America wasn’t quite “back,” but U2 was.
No. 5: Rebels ship Robinson, Navy home
Monday, November 17, 2008
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An audience of 20,321, described as a “fire-hazard crowd” by the Sun in a building that seats 18,500, still stands as the seam-busting record.
No. 6: Team USA calls Las Vegas home
Sunday, November 16, 2008
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When the U.S. national basketball team won gold in Beijing in August, it owed plenty to Las Vegas.
No. 7: NBA playoffs shift to the Mack amidst L.A. riots
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Thomas & Mack Turns 25:
Emotions were mixed for the Los Angeles Lakers as they headed east for a 'home' playoff game on May 3, 1992. Trailing 2-1 in a best-of-five first round series with the top-seeded Portland Trailblazers, Game Four was moved from riot-riddled L.A. to Las Vegas. Both teams sat around between games Three and Four while Los Angeles burned in the wake of the verdict from the Rodney King beating trial.