Something’s happening: It’s getting busy at the All-Net Arena site
LAS VEGAS (KSNV News 3) —
It sat silent for several years, a patch of land that once was a water park and now acts as a buffer on the Las Vegas Strip between the failed Fontainebleau and the SLS.
“We have started construction plan to open by December 2019,” former Rebel basketball star Jackie Robinson emailed me Monday night. Robinson is the chairman and president of All Net, the company behind the $2.7 billion project that includes a 22,000 seat arena, with retail and a 500-room hotel.
Robinson was unavailable for an interview Tuesday. In October 2014, he assembled a host of guests and officials at the site, declaring, “this is the kickoff. The work just now starts to begin.”
County sources tell me Robinson told them he finally has his financing. A legal skirmish with a former partner reportedly is now behind him.
Which takes us to today, where, at the site, truck after truck was busy grading land.
If All Net finally gets built, it will land in one of the most competitive arena markets in the country.
“Well, we certainly do have a lot of arenas,” says Mike Newcomb, the executive director of the “old kid” on the block, UNLV’s Thomas & Mack arena, which opened in the 1980s.
“We're all vying for the same business,” says Newcomb.
The arenas include the Thomas & Mac, arenas at The Orleans, Mandalay Bay and MGM Grand, and the newest, the T-Mobile, which is about to turn 1 year old.
The last three are owned and run by MGM Resorts. T-Mobile appears to be the busiest – even without the addition of upcoming home games for the NHL expansion Vegas Golden Knights.
“So we're looking at roughly 100 events this year. We'll be pretty, pretty busy,” says Rick Arpin, the senior vice president for entertainment for MGM Resorts International.
And MGM has the muscle to pull it off.
“They're a machine. They do events. They have the three big venues that they need to fill. And now someone jumping in there without the help of another group assisting them I feel would struggle,” says T&M’s Newcomb, referring to the challenge he sees All Net facing, if it gets built.