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Vegas arena designer boasts impressive portfolio

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A section of land behind the New York New York and Monte Carlo properties will be the site of a new arena. A section of land behind the New York New York and Monte Carlo properties will be the site of a new arena.
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By selecting Kansas City-based Populous to design its new Las Vegas arena, gaming giant MGM Resorts International and partner AEG are bringing in a group responsible for some of the most heralded facilities in professional sports.

MGM and AEG announced the agreement on Tuesday, naming Populous as the architect of a $350 million, 20,000-seat indoor venue to be built behind the New York New York and Monte Carlo properties on the Las Vegas Strip.

Populous' portfolio includes venues for the four major American sports, including Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, the NBA's United Center in Chicago, as well as hockey's Consol Energy Center and the NFL's Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.

London's Wembley Stadium and Emirates Stadium - the latter home to the Arsenal Football Club - were also designed by Populous.

MGM Resorts International announced plans to pursue an arena project in March, with the goal of building a facility to serve as the centerpiece for a new entertainment district between the New York New York and Monte Carlo properties.

The redevelopment project will feature a public park, along with new retail and restaurant concepts.

Construction crews are expected to break ground on the arena in summer 2014, according to a statement from MGM, with a projected opening date in spring 2016.

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