Thursday, January 07, 2016

T-Mobile Arena

The new Las Vegas Arena will officially be named T-Mobile Arena.

MGM Resorts International announced the new name in a press release, and T-Mobile tweeted about the new name.

T-Mobile customers will benefit from the naming rights deal, as they will have a VIP venue entrance at every event. They will also be eligible for ticket pre-sales, VIP experiences, and seat upgrade opportunities for select events.

Prior to the naming rights announcements there were rumors that T-Mobile would be the namesake. Those rumors turned out to be correct. I had also heard that Coca-Cola was in the discussion for naming rights.

While the arena now has a name, the new name for Monte Carlo has not been announced yet. This is a little surprising because MGM CEO Jim Murren told us to expect an announcement before the end of the year.

Well it's 2016 and we still haven't heard much aside from a Robin Leach rumor that hot NYC restaurants NoMad and 11 Madison Park will be coming.

The New York connection further points to earlier speculation that the new name for Monte Carlo will be New York related - possibly something like "Park Avenue" or "Central Park." I've also heard people talk about "Brooklyn" being a possible name for the property.

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Hyde at Las Vegas Arena

Las Vegas Arena will be getting a nightclub, as it has been announced that Hyde will be opening an 18,000 square foot space overlooking the arena.

A nightclub inside an arena at first seems like an "Only in Las Vegas" thing, but it's not. Hyde already has arena locations at Staples Center in Los Angeles, and at American Airlines Arena in Miami.

Hyde already has a location in Las Vegas - at Bellagio overlooking the fountains. Parent company SBE was involved in the development of SLS Las Vegas before selling off its stake last year.

Even before this nightclub was announced it appeared that the Las Vegas Arena would be one of the most hospitable arenas in the world. You can be sure that if you attend an event at this arena you won't go hungry or thirsty - assuming you're willing to pay.