MGM Gets In The Linq Business With Stadium Behind NYNY
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MGM Resorts International announced plans today to build a 20,000 seat indoor stadium in the parking lots behind New York New York with partner AEG. The land previously housed the CityCenter design center annex, the nerve center wherein the neighboring architectural marvel was designed and built.
The new stadium will also feature a promenade of shops, dining and entertainment offerings along the connectors to Monte Carlo and New York New York. Sound familiar?Yup... MGM is building their very own Linq-style project and doing it the same way... building over a little used connecting corridor that connects the Strip to unused square footage out back.
The release doesn't talk specifics regarding a time table, nor does it contain descriptors beyond the vague location being behind Monte Carlo and New York New York. I've spitballed a diagram below based solely on my imagination.
Will the stadium and surrounding areas be build in classic "New York" design language a la Times Square or Ebbets Field or will they opt for a modern stadium extension of the LEED certified CityCenter style. I'll guess the latter, but wish for the former. One can guess that the project might be somewhat similar to AEG's LALive, a sports arena/entertainment district adjacent to the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.
The release only states an arena surrounded by shops. Obviously the shops promenade will connect to the Strip in some way shape or form. I'm guessing that the CityCenter preview center (once slated for a Star Wars Exhibition) will be destroyed, creating the Strip facing mouth of the NYLinq.
Access via foot from the south side of Monte Carlo and the west side of New York New York (near the theatres... creating a "mini broadway"). The CityCenter ChooChoo could easily be extended to the base of the stadium (and eventually Excalibur.)
We should probably expect some solar panel lit walkways, the occasional desert fauna, a sports, music or theatre related modern sculpture and if we're lucky at least three pocket parks.
The NYLinq has limitless possibilities for classy design and fantastic function. Hopefully MGM has learned from their CityCenter mistakes and don't repeat them.
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