T-Mobile Arena

The Las Vegas Strip overflows with imitation architecture from distant lands. The half-scale replica of the Eiffel Tower, the Roman columns and statues of Caesar’s Palace, and similar landmarks attract 40 million visitors a year to Sin City. When designing T-Mobile Arena, an entertainment venue that caters to Vegas residents and tourists alike, Populous sought inspiration not from far-away locale but in the surrounding environment. The hospitality and entertainment destination stays true to the flash and glamour of The Strip, while also taking organic design cues from the mountains and desert canyon surrounding it.

Inside T-Mobile Arena, each level reflects the geographic and atmospheric energy of the Mojave Desert. The dramatic VIP entry corridor on the ground level sets the tone, emulating sedimentary layering with custom undulating wall panels. Event level suites and clubs alike feature custom-designed, plated bronze tectonic-style tables and beautiful windswept Las Vegas Rock, sourced locally from the only metaquartzite quarry in the world.

Moving upward, the main concourses resemble natural “desert highways” with focal points like desert flowers. The two clubs on this level are positioned across the event floor from each other, and reflect the day and night desert with back-lit soft magenta and blue ceilings respectively.

The suite level finishes are inspired by the desert sunset. Deep magenta, aubergine, fiery oranges, and navy blue colors are highlighted throughout. Dimly-lit suite corridors lead patrons to private suites with mirror entry doors providing privacy and adding mystique to what’s inside. Innovative banquette seating in lieu of fixed arena seating allows patrons to spread out comfortably. The custom banquettes feature integrated charging outlets, toe-kick floor lighting perfect for concerts, black-out circulation, and drink receptacles. T-Mobile Arena has 44 luxury suites, two party suites, and eight event level suites, offering something for everyone.

Inside the arena seating bowl, two first-of-their-kind tower clubs jut out of the upper deck dramatically, offering brands one-of-a-kind sponsorship areas and fans a vantage point like no other. The plush Hyde Lounge connects the two clubs and lives up to the Hyde name known for unrivaled nightlife.

LEED Gold-certified, T-Mobile Arena has had a monumental impact on the Las Vegas entertainment landscape. In 2017, it welcomed the newest NHL expansion team, the Vegas Golden Knights, as its anchor tenant. That news comes on the heels of being awarded “Best New Major Concert Venue” by Pollstar, as well as being named one of Sports Management Review’s “Best Stadiums of the Year” for 2016.


Submitting Organization
Populous | MGM Resorts International
Photo Credits
Jeff Goldberg of Esto
2017 Food & Beverage
Category Entered
Club Spaces