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KC-based firm Populous to design new arena in Las Vegas

Updated: 2013-06-19T03:34:15Z

By KEVIN COLLISON

The Kansas City Star

Populous has been chosen to design a new arena in Las Vegas that’s being co-developed by AEG, the Los Angeles-based operator of the Sprint Center, and MGM Resorts International.

The 20,000-seat project is expected to be used for sporting, major entertainment and other special events. In the past, Las Vegas officials have touted the planned arena as a potential home for an NBA or NHL professional sports franchise should one become available.

“The new MGM-AEG arena in Las Vegas will provide the nation’s pre-eminent entertainment destination with a world-class venue that will redefine amenities and premium offerings tailored to the demanding Las Vegas market,” Chris Carver, a senior principal at Kansas City-based Populous, said in a statement Tuesday.

“We very much look forward to working with MGM and AEG to fulfill their progressive aspirations and quality standards for the entire development.”

MGM officials said Populous, one of the country’s premier sports architecture firms, was chosen to design the $350 million arena because of its reputation as a “world-class design firm.” The project is expected to break ground this summer and be completed by spring 2016.

The arena is being described as the centerpiece of a revitalization plan for an area of Las Vegas extending from Las Vegas Boulevard to Frank Sinatra Drive near the New York-New York and Monte Carlo resorts.

To reach Kevin Collison, call 816-234-4289 or send email to kcollison@kcstar.com.

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