April 1, 2016 - 6:14 pm
T-Mobile Arena officially opens its doors April 6 and tourists, artists, locals and Las Vegas resorts are weighing in on the Strip’s new squeeze via social media.
Almost two years after breaking ground and $375 million later, golden shovels and confetti have been replaced with giant pink letters and 20,000 seats waiting to be filled. Between Pac-12 men’s basketball making the move to the “big boy arena” and hometown heroes The Killers christening the joint on night one, filling those seats won’t take long.
Wireless operator T-Mobile scooped up the naming rights to the former AEG-MGM arena in early January and the countdown to opening has only been ticking louder.
But what’s everyone actually saying about this massive copper structure that’s slowly been creeping up the Las Vegas skyline?
Check out the social feedback so far:
What’s trending? #TMobileArena
Though many are welcoming the new venue, some aren’t too thrilled about the project just west of the Strip. Whether it’s fear of losing a signal inside a place named after a major carrier or disinterest in the development itself, there’s been no shortage of concerned posts.
I can't be be only one worried about the wifi for T-Mobile arena, right? Because you know T-Mobile even if it's only just a name and all
— Karen (@LovelyCorrin) March 12, 2016
— Rockline Press (@RocklineNovels) March 19, 2016
I like Las Vegas' new T-Mobile arena but we have so many indoor concert venues, I don't understand should've been at NFL stadium #LasVegas
— Colleen (@vegascowboysfan) March 31, 2016
— W.P. (@wornporther) March 13, 2016
But other social users are a little more excited for its opening.
The new stadium that was built in Las Vegas is called @TMobile Arena. How cool is that? Can't wait for it to open!
— Daniel Klein (@OfficialDKlein) March 10, 2016
— John (JJ) Pavlock Jr (@JJPavlock) March 29, 2016
— Brad Garrett (@RealBradGarrett) March 31, 2016
— Ariana Grande (@ArianasUpdated) March 27, 2016
How the city feels about it
— Life is Beautiful (@lifeisbeautiful) March 31, 2016
— Ted Stryker (@TedStryker) March 12, 2016
Cheers! We‘re celebrating the final countdown to the grand opening of the T-Mobile Arena with a special ‘Top Shelf‘ cocktail. Raise a glass with us as we welcome our new neighbors, officially arriving April 6, 2016!
Posted by Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas on Wednesday, 30 March 2016
Welcome to T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Where our customers always get lucky.
Posted by T-Mobile on Thursday, 7 January 2016
Local companies are also piggybacking and offering deals related to the opening.
— Las Vegas Lyft (@LasVegasLyft) March 28, 2016
— Las Vegas Limousines (@LVLimo) March 24, 2016
While many have snapped up pictures of the arena’s facade, a good portion of the hype on social media is a direct result of the entertainment lineup.
Here’s the current list of acts headed to T-Mobile in 2016:
- 4/6 — The Killers with Wayne Newton
- 4/7 — Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande
- 4/8-4/9 — Guns N Roses with Alice in Chains
- 4/19 — Harlem Globetrotters
- 4/22-4/23 — George Strait with Kacey Musgraves
- 4/30 — Billy Joel
- 5/7 — Kanelo vs. Khan
- 5/14 — Janet Jackson
- 6/24-6/25 — Garth Brooks with Trisha Yearwood
- 7/2-7/4 — Garth Brooks with Trisha Yearwood
- 7/9 — UFC 200
- 7/16 — Dixie Chicks
- 9/9-9/10 — George Strait with Kacey Musgraves
- 10/21 — Keith Urban
- 11/2-11/6 — Professional Bull Riders World Finals
- 12/2-12/3 — George Strait with Kacey Musgraves
— Andrew (@AndrewParsen) March 24, 2016
— Dawn (@dawnvegas) March 30, 2016
the tickets for the killers concert when they perform for the grand opening of the t-mobile arena are soo expensive !!
— Alexia (@lexiaaolivass) February 28, 2016
— (@xharajukubunnyx) March 28, 2016
— Sue Campbell (@suectravel) March 18, 2016
Vegas wants hockey
The newest addition to the glittering Las Vegas Strip will debut without a slot machine or a blackjack table in sight.
No NHL team, either, but that doesn’t stop MGM officials from believing they will hit the jackpot with a new $375 million arena that sits in the middle of all the best action this gambling town has to offer.
“We’re ready for an NHL team,” said Rick Arpin, senior vice president of entertainment for MGM Resorts International. “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.”
— Kyle Canfield (@hinsightprophet) March 11, 2016
— Kozmoe Alonzo (@Kozmoe) January 21, 2016
AP Sports writer Tim Dahlberg contributed to this report.
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