By Tim Newcomb
November 05, 2013

A new 20,000-seat Las Vegas arena -- set to open in spring 2016 on the Strip -- will debut ready to host NBA, NHL, and pretty much anything else its AEG and MGM Resorts International owners can throw at it.

Expect the Las Vegas Arena to serve as “an extension of the Strip’s high energy” with color and drama to match, says Populous lead designer Brad Clark.

Today, the development team released the first renderings of the new venue, which will boast an 85-foot-tall atrium, an exterior performance stage, and a glass exterior covered in giant LED overlays up to 118 feet high, allowing for an in-your-face, Vegas-style color display.

The privately-financed $350 million arena will break ground in 2014, potentially heating up a battle with Seattle for the next NBA or NHL team on the move.

Tim Newcomb covers stadiums, design and technology for Sports Illustrated. Follow him on Twitter at @tdnewcomb.

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