The UNLV basketball program went through a complete rebuilding process this offseason, bringing in a new coach and an almost entirely new roster. But the makeover didn’t stop with the team itself.
The Thomas & Mack Center, the most iconic arena in Las Vegas and the home of Rebels basketball since 1983, is in the final stages of an extensive two-year renovation project, with the final touches scheduled to be completed by the time basketball season tips off on Nov. 1 against Dakota Wesleyan.
Most of the construction work has already wrapped up. All 18,000 seats at the Mack have been replaced, the concourses have been remodeled and a new PA sound system has been installed for sports and concerts. The renovations also added more conference space and better wireless service capabilities, but that’s the nuts-and-bolts stuff.
The big headliner is the addition of the Strip View Pavilion, a two-story, 35,000 square-foot indoor/outdoor lounge that will overlook the Las Vegas skyline. The swanky pavilion is fitted with 16 televisions and will have its own escalator and elevator access, which should make it a hot spot for sports and non-sports events alike.
Vegas Seven got an exclusive sneak preview of the Strip View Pavilion, and the space definitely adds a modern touch to the 33-year-old building. The panoramic view of Las Vegas Boulevard is going to make the lounge a popular gathering place for patrons before, after and even during games.
The total bill for the renovations was more than $72 million. The Thomas & Mack Center is expecting to accommodate upwards of 850,000 visitors this year.