Step Inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Home of NHL’s Golden Knights

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Home of the Vegas Golden Knights

The 20,000-capacity T-Mobile Arena might be considered a relative newcomer compared to a lot of America’s other high-profile venues, but it’s already managed to carve out a pretty impressive niche for itself. Since it opened in 2016, the arena has hosted a killer combination of sports and music. When it comes to entertainment destinations, Las Vegas is just about as iconic as it gets, but this modern-looking edifice nestled among the casino hotels consistently has a marquee that makes it a major player on the Las Vegas Strip.

T-Mobile Arena History

Work first began on the T-Mobile Arena in 2014 after years of attempts by a number of entities to build a new venue of major proportions on the strip. It was MGM Resorts International, in a partnership with the Anschutz entertainment Group, who were finally able to get the project off the ground.

The first event was a “soft launch” on March 31, 2016, featuring country superstar Martina McBride. On April 6, the arena had its true grand opening, honoring its hometown by bringing out Vegas’ favorite sons The Killers, along with old-school Las Vegas legend Wayne Newton.

Parking and Admission at T-Mobile Arena

To park at T-Mobile Arena, you have several options. One is Reserved Event Parking, where you can pre-pay for parking at Park MGM, New York-New York, and Aria Event Garages on a first-come, first-served basis. Prices are subject to change. Another option is ParkMobile; parking for lots near T-Mobile Arena starts at $15.00. The price varies depending on the event and the proximity of the lot location to the stadium. You can reserve a parking spot ahead of time for concerts and sporting events.

Additionally, using rideshare services, such as Uber or Lyft, or taking the RTC Gameday Express are convenient transit alternatives.
When it comes to getting in on event day, be sure to note that the following items are prohibited: Bags or backpacks, except for small clutches or wallets (9” x 5” x 2” max); selfie sticks, tripods, and monopods; outside food, beverage, or alcohol; cans, metal/glass/plastic containers, bottles, or flasks (empty or sealed bottles included); cameras with interchangeable/detachable lens or external flash (no professional photography); audio/visual recording devices (includes GoPro, Google Glass, Spectacles, etc.); weapons, firearms, pepper spray, or mace.; illegal drugs or substances; flammable liquids, aerosol cans, laser pointers, flares, or fireworks; balls, projectiles, or optical illusions; coolers, ice chests, or folding chairs; animals or pets (accommodations made for trained, harnessed, ADA, and housebroken service animals). Furthermore, the operation of drones, unmanned aircraft, and remote-controlled aircraft is strictly prohibited for the safety of guests and visitors. You can see the full list of prohibited items on T-Mobile Arena’s official site.

T-Mobile Arena Capacity & Seating Options

The seating capacity of T-Mobile Arena varies depending on the event, but generally is as follows:

  • Boxing/UFC: 20,000
  • End Stage Concerts: 12,000 – 18,000
  • Center Stage Concert: 19,500 – 20,000
  • Hockey: 17,500
  • Basketball: 18,000

T-Mobile Arena also offers various seating options for different events. Seating options can include Premium Seating/Club Seats; located in the two center sections of the arena bowl, Club Seats provide members with prime viewing of events and access to exclusive amenities such as the Bud Light Lounge and Ghost Benefits and Amenities.

The arena also provides a range of seating options for the general public, including different levels and sections based on the specific event. Seating maps for basketball, boxing, concerts, hockey, and UFC are available to view on the arena’s official website.

In addition to these options, T-Mobile Arena also offers dedicated fast-track VIP venue entrances, charging stations located throughout the arena, and other VIP treatment for T-Mobile customers.

The T-Mobile Arena seating chart can be viewed on Ticketmaster.

T-Mobile Arena Events

The relationship between the T-Mobile Arena and the NHL‘s Vegas Golden Knights began in 2017 when the Knights (at the time, a team even newer than the arena) played their first game at the venue. Besides serving as the home of the Knights, the arena has also been a boon to sports fans. Though no NBA team is based at T-Mobile Arena, it has presented events like the PAC-12 Men’s Basketball Conference and has hosted the UNLV men’s basketball team. It was also the site of the 2018 Stanley Cup games between the Washington Capitals and the Golden Knights, the latter reaching the finals for the first time ever.

The T-Mobile Arena has also proven to be a destination for music lovers of all kinds. The venue’s stage has welcomed top-tier talent in multiple genres. Country stars like the Zac Brown Band, classic-rock legends such as Eric Clapton and Fleetwood Mac, hip-hop heroes like Chance the Rapper and T-Pain, pop titans Miley Cyrus and Michael Bublé and even renowned Dutch violinist and conductor Andre Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra have drawn crowds there. The arena has become a go-to spot for esteemed awards ceremonies in the music world too, including the Latin Grammys, the Academy of Country Music Awards and the Billboard Music Awards.

Food & Beverage Options at T-Mobile Arena

T-Mobile has no shortage of food and drink options. You can hit Capriotti’s Sandwich Shop for everything from cheesesteaks to all sorts of subs, and sushi lovers looking for something different can stop at the Tail & Fin to fill up on a sushi burrito and poke bowl. Barbecue hounds can sink their teeth into a brisket sandwich or even a vegan option at Rollin’ Smoke Barbecue. Crowd-pleasing options also include Pizza Forte, The Shake Shack and Pink’s Hot Dogs. And when it’s time for dessert, you can enter ice cream heaven at Cool Intentions, or tuck into some pastry at Freed’s bakery.

Finally, if you want to bring something home as a souvenir of your visit to the arena, make time for a stop at the Armory Team Store, tucked in conveniently right next to the arena’s main entrance. There you can nab all sorts of Golden Knights gear: jerseys, hats or any number of other things that celebrate the team that makes the T-Mobile arena its home.

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