MGM Resorts Las Vegas arena debuts this week

MGM Resorts Las Vegas arena debuts this weekThe newest addition to the glittering Las Vegas Strip debuts this week with MGM officials believing they’ve hit the jackpot with the $375 million T-Mobile Arena near the corner of Tropicana and the Las Vegas Strip.

Rick Arpin, senior vice president of entertainment for MGM Resorts International, explained, “We may get a National Hockey League team, but our primary motivation was not for a pro sports team. We built this building to get events we couldn’t do otherwise, and pro sports certainly fits in that.”

Concert-goers will find amenities no one could have imagined a few years ago, including an 18,000-square-foot nightclub that will offer bottle service, DJs and dazzling views of the Strip.

The opener will be followed quickly by two highly anticipated concerts by a reunited Guns N’ Roses, the first time the group has played together in 23 years.

Mexican boxing superstar Canelo Alvarez faces off against Amir Khan in a Cinco de Mayo spectacular. Come summer, the UFC will be taking up residency with one of its big pay-per-view shows in an arena that will seat 20,000 for combat sports.

“With all the great facilities we have, what we were missing is the sort of modern facility that could get us events incremental to the market,” Arpin said. “The big events, the big concerts want the premier buildings and this puts us in that echelon.”

Phil Hevener has been writing about the Nevada gaming business for more than 30 years. Email: .

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