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    New Vegas Stadium: T-Mobile Arena

    The new Vegas arena on the strip getting close to opening...

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    One month away from opening. Potential NHL (2017/18 season?) and NBA expansion teams for Vegas in the future.

    Just over a month before MGM Resort International’s T-Mobile Arena is scheduled to open, the designers and engineers who worked on the project are patting themselves on the back for what they say is a job well done and crossing their fingers for an on-time opening.

    More than 600 workers remain on-site, finishing cosmetic work inside and around the $375 million arena set to open April 6. The brunt of the stadium work is done, said Mitch Bernard, senior project manager for Penta Building Group.

    “We’re in finishes and punch lists,” Bernard said. “It will absolutely be open on time.”

    The Strip’s new state-of-the-art arena, which will hold up to 20,000 fans for UFC fights, boxing matches and potentially hockey games, was built using more than 6,800 tons of steel, 15,000 square feet of exterior glass and 11 miles of piping, said Kurt Amundsen, senior project manager at Populous, the Kansas City architectural firm that designed the arena.

    Organizers aim to stage 100 to 120 events each year at the venue, including concerts and sporting events, MGM spokesman Scott Ghertner said.

    Despite its location just a block off the Strip behind New York-New York, Amundsen said transporting materials to the arena has been fairly straightforward, thanks to easy access from Frank Sinatra Drive.

    “The Strip did not pose too much of a challenge,” Amundsen said.

    The architect said desert soil presented the biggest challenge for construction teams. Engineers found in the ground a heavy concentration of caliche, a natural cement-like rock that binds with common foundation materials such as clay and silt.

    Amundsen’s team had to drill through the caliche and build the arena’s first floor at grade. Amundsen said that the ground-level foundation will not affect the stability of the building and that the arena meets Clark County’s seismic code requirements.

    “We just couldn’t put any of the building below-grade,” Amundsen said.

    The arena will feature two 6,400-square-feet lounges, eight ground-level bunker-style suites and 42 upper-level luxury suites, Ghertner said. The premium locations, for which access will cost up to $5,000 a year, were built using stone found only in Southern Nevada.

    On the outside of the arena, a 9,000-square-foot LED media mesh board will display advertisements, sporting events and movies to Toshiba Plaza, a 2-acre, tree-lined park between New York-New York and Monte Carlo. About 19,000 square feet of sand-colored, painted metal panels cover the other half of the arena, a toast to the Las Vegas desert landscape.

    The north and east sides of the venue have windows, which allow spectators a view of the Strip, but the south and west sides were built solid to reflect the sun during the scorching summer heat.

    “The overriding theme was to make this building of Las Vegas and of its surroundings,” Amundsen said. “In a city where buildings try to be of somewhere else, we thought the unique approach would be making the arena represent here.”

    Here are the upcoming events already booked for the new stadium:

    April 6, 2016 - The Killers, with Wayne Newton & Shamir Opening night concert.

    April 8–9, 2016 - Guns N' Roses First reunion concerts with Slash & Duff Mckagan

    April 19, 2016 - Harlem Globetrotters Fans Rule World Tour April 22–23, 2016

    September 9–10, 2016 / December 2-3, 2016 February 17–18, 2017 George Strait Strait to Vegas

    May 7, 2016 - Saúl Álvarez vs. Amir Khan World Boxing Council Middleweight Championship

    May 14, 2016 - Janet Jackson Unbreakable World Tour

    June 24–25, 2016 / July 2-4, 2016 - Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood

    July 9, 2016 - UFC 200

    July 16, 2016 - Dixie Chicks DCX MMXVI World Tour

    November 2–6, 2016 - Professional Bull Riders World Finals

    December 15, 2016 - UNLV vs. Duke basketball

    Here is the link for the Vegas NHL bid group:
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    Was down in that area yesterday and quite honestly had even forgotten it was being built till I looked off to the left and thought oh yeah that's right a new arena...until they build the new parking structure it just gives me yet another reason to stay the hell away from that area. It will be a huge blow for the Orleans and to an extent Gold Coast because they host a ton of events that they can kiss goodbye to a nice new shiny arena/hotel. December college basketball tournaments, MWC and Pac 10 college basketball conference tournaments, college volleyball tournaments, are just a few that will be gone

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    This arena is actually closer to the Monte Carlo & might be more accessible from there as well.

    Not sure if they somehow linked it to the NYNY with the parkade in the way.
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    NHL expansion for Vegas getting closer, GM's meetings just closed...

    BOCA RATON, Fla. - Let the plotting and planning begin.

    After months of internal vetting, the NHL informed all 30 GMs of an outline for a potential expansion draft on Wednesday, should the league decide to expand by one or two teams this summer.

    The exact details still need to be brokered with the NHLPA, but the general gist left most GMs relieved. The expansion draft process was the hot-button issue for teams heading into this week’s meetings; they all recognized a $500-million expansion fee would buy a strong inaugural roster at the expense of the current 30.

    Each team will lose at least one player if the NHL expands by one. It will be two players should the league decide to expand to both Las Vegas and Quebec City.

    Teams under the current plan could protect seven forwards, three defencemen and one goaltender or eight skaters (of any position) and a goaltender. That means each team would be subject to losing either a top-four defenceman or a third-line forward should the NHL expand by one team.

    “You may lose a good player, but it’s only one,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said. “The details are very similar to our previous expansion drafts, except it is designed and intended to create a somewhat deeper draft so the expansion club can be more competitive early on.”

    In the last expansion draft, held in 2000 to fill the rosters of the Wild and Blue Jackets, teams were permitted to protect one goaltender, five defencemen, and nine forwards or two goaltenders, three defencemen and seven forwards.

    “If you do your job, I’ve got a guy in mind [to leave unprotected] right now,” Senators GM Bryan Murray said.

    The most pressing question, Panthers GM Dale Tallon said, was whether teams would be allowed to protect young players and prospects.

    The answer is that first- and second-year professional players - including those in the minors - will be exempt from the expansion draft. Players entering the third and final year of their entry-level contract would be eligible, though.

    That will expose a lot of valuable, burgeoning prospects.

    “We made a point to GMs that they are going to be forced to expose better players,” Daly said.

    With the addition of the salary cap since the NHL last expanded, there are other nuances and question marks to be ironed out.

    Will players with no-move clauses in contracts be eligible for the draft? Will they be able to waive their no-move clause and opt-in for a fresh start elsewhere?

    “I don’t think it’s that complicated, but it’s an issue that hasn’t been resolved in terms of how we intend to treat that,” Daly said. “It’s something that we’re going to have to have a discussion with the Players’ Association.”

    Will teams attempt to use the expansion draft as a de facto salary dump, exposing only players with unpalatable contracts? Teams must expose at least 25 per cent of the previous season’s salary cap.

    “And in terms of drafting players, [expansion] teams would have to draft a certain threshold of salary,” Daly said, in order to reach the salary cap floor or minimum.

    The other interesting factor is that this format will not allow any team to protect more than one goaltender. That will allow an expansion GM to build his new team out from the net with a solid choice. Six consecutive goaltenders were taken with the first six picks of the 2000 expansion draft.

    It would create an interesting dynamic with a team like the Pittsburgh Penguins. One year from now, would the Penguins protect backbone netminder Marc-Andre Fleury or 21-year-old prospect Matt Murray? Murray is widely considered the best goaltender not currently in the NHL.

    Fleury, 31, has a no-move clause in his contract which could potentially make him exempt. Then the Penguins would protect Murray.

    But the NHL’s position has been that players with no-move clauses should be eligible to be picked, since it is not expressly defined in the collective bargaining agreement.

    That is just one reminder of the refinement left to be done - notwithstanding the cart-before-the-horse decision of whether or not the NHL will even expand at all. In order for the puck to drop in 2017-18 with 31 or 32 teams, the NHL would need to make a decision to expand in the next three months, to allow teams a full year to prepare for the draft.

    That procedural hold-up won’t stop GMs from projecting and planning until then. Their mock protection lists, as Murray hinted, were likely already being formulated on the plane ride north.

    Contact Frank Seravalli on Twitter: @frank_seravalli

    Interesting, a bit more info on the LVRJ, NHL investigating possible practice facility in Summerlin:
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