The Strip’s newest entertainment-and-sports complex is the majestic gold-and-copper-hued T-Mobile Arena, strategically holding court on 16 acres between the New York–New York and Monte Carlo (soon to be Park MGM) resorts. Major stars like Barbra Streisand, the Rolling Stones, Coldplay, and Carrie Underwood are performing at the T-Mobile Arena. The venue also holds events like the PBR World Finals, boxing, and basketball games.
The facility flaunts five tiers: Event, Mezzanine, Suite, Upper Concourse, and Tower, each with steep unobstructed sight lines. In addition to standard seating for up to 20,000 and 44 tricked-out luxury suites, T-Mobile boasts a Hyde Lounge with a view of the area; admission is included with all tickets, or you can purchase stand-alone entry with bottle service to watch the show from a comfy couch. On the other end of the pricing spectrum, some acts open a standing-room-only party deck for a reduced price. Along with mega-screens throughout, a colossal video resolution screen suspended over the main floor brings the performers close-up. Moving platforms change seating configurations as needed. The complex includes a nightclub, six lounges, a smorgasbord of eateries, and an array of viewing choices, from standard stadium seats to private loge boxes. Each floor of the facility includes outdoor patios and balconies to showcase the Strip’s dazzling bonanza of towers and lights. The adjoining 2-acre Toshiba Plaza is a tree-dappled, open entertainment space with three stages hosting complimentary live performances and showcasing exhibits.
Consumer Tips: T-Mobile Arena is situated at the west end of Park Avenue, the narrow street separating the Monte Carlo and New York–New York resorts. The best and most hassle-free way to reach the complex is to walk or take the monorail, which stops behind six hotels along the Strip’s east side. Disembark at the MGM Grand, Paris/Bally’s, or The LINQ and cross the bridges over the Strip.
Free trams glide from the Bellagio to the Monte Carlo and from Mandalay Bay and Luxor to the Excalibur. From the tram stations, it’s a quick 15-minute walk to the new complex. Parking? The short answer is leave your wheels elsewhere, but if you prefer to drive, be aware that traffic is massive. The Aria, Cosmopolitan, New York–New York, Monte Carlo, Bellagio, MGM Grand, and Tropicana garages are nearby, but paid parking will be in effect. A $10 prepaid parking pass can be reserved in advance at lasvegas.parkmobile.com; the cost doubles on event day. Avoid using valet service at neighboring hotels because everyone else will have the same idea. To avoid the Strip, take Frank Sinatra Drive, which extends from Russell Road to Caesars Palace and is used mostly by locals. That four-lane road to the west parallels Las Vegas Boulevard and delivers vehicles coming from the south or north to the eight west-of-Strip hotel parking garages along that corridor. MGM Resorts has constructed an immense 3,000-space parking garage just south of the arena at the Excalibur, directly across Tropicana Avenue. When completed, walkers can access the stadium via the overpass above that congested east–west thoroughfare.
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Photo credit: By Tomás Del Coro from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA (T Mobile Arena The Strip Las Vegas) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons