Las Vegas isn’t just a four arena town.
Madison Square is joining forces with Sands Corp boss Sheldon Adelson to bring the Forum to Sin City, announcing plans to build a new music-only 17,000-person venue to take on the new T-Mobile Arena, along with the Thomas and Mack Center and the arenas at Mandalay Bay and MGM. The project has the backing of not only MSG chairman James Dolan but also Azoff MSG Entertainment, Live Nation and Tim Leiweke’s Oak View Group.
The 400,000-sq-ft., 17,000-cap venue will be located on Sands Avenue between Manhattan Street and Koval Lane, connected via pedestrian bridge to the Venetian and Palazzo hotels. The new arena is being described as the world’s largest venue built specifically for music and entertainment and “will present a wide variety of shows – from the largest touring concerts to specially designed residencies and full-blown productions and events. In addition to superior acoustics, state-of-the-art technology will be utilized throughout the building, creating a venue of the future capable of delivering new and innovative experiences for both artists and fans.”
According to a statement from Dolan, “Through our experience with the Forum, we’ve realized that there’s a real need for venues that focus specifically on music and entertainment. Now we’re taking what we’ve learned and expanding MSG’s portfolio of celebrated venues into key markets, where we can use our building expertise, operational excellence and industry relationships to ensure they become thriving destinations that continue to set the standard for entertainment. Las Vegas, as an underserved concert market, is an opportunity that Irving Azoff cultivated and brought to our attention. With his continued involvement, and our relationship with Sands, we look forward to creating a world-class venue that exceeds the expectations of both artists and music fans.”