Arena vs. Arena: Thomas & Mack vs. MGM Resorts Center

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Thomas & Mack Center

Proposed AEG/MGM Resorts Center

 

Year of groundbreaking: 1981. 2014 (projected)
Building time: 25 months. 22 months
(projected).
Cost to build: $30 million. $350 million (projected).
Seats: 18,500. 20,000.
Height of arena: 104 feet. 145 feet.
Footprint: 3.2 acres. 5.4 acres.
Big event: National Finals Rodeo. 2016 National Republican Convention (maybe).
Land shark: Jerry Tarkanian. Sen. Ted Cruz.
Dream event: A Las Vegas-based NBA team. A Las Vegas-based NBA team.
Bulls most likely to appear: Bucking bovines. Chicago basketball players.

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