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Design & Development

AECOM to design NBA-ready arena in Las Vegas

Fontainebleau Las Vegas

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Real estate development company LVXP has announced the appointment of AECOM to provide architectural and engineering services for its planned sports and entertainment arena on the Las Vegas Strip.

First unveiled last month, the arena is being developed with an NBA franchise in mind and will serve as the anchor for LVXP’s planned 27-acre experiential mixed-use development. This project will also include a luxury resort and casino designed by renowned architect, Paul Steelman.

Nick Tomasino, chief construction officer of LVXP, said today (Wednesday): “AECOM has set a new standard for arena architecture and development with the state-of-the-art Intuit Dome in Inglewood, California.

“Their addition to our exceptional team is a perfect match. At LVXP, we share AECOM’s dedication to guest experience, excellence, and innovation. We look forward to applying these principles together on our project in Las Vegas.”

LVXP’s development site is located across from the newly expanded Las Vegas Convention Center, adjacent to Fontainebleau Las Vegas, and near Resorts World Las Vegas.

The 27-acre site had previously been targeted by former NBA player Jackie Robinson’s Dribble Dunk company, which had been seeking to build a 23,000-capacity facility, All Net Resort & Arena. It was hoped that the arena could potentially attract an NBA franchise.

In November, the long-proposed $5bn (£3.93bn/€4.62bn) project was dealt a blow after Clark County Commission refused to grant another extension to its land use permit. All Net Resort had been envisioned as a non-gaming, business, and family-friendly destination and was designed by Cunningham Group.

AECOM’s Bill Hanway and Dan Meis will lead the LVXP project. AECOM appointed Meis as its director of global sports design earlier this month.

Matt Crane, chief executive of AECOM’s U.S. West region, said: “We are excited to work with LVXP as they seek to redefine what it means to be a landmark venue. By leveraging our team of multidisciplinary experts, our innovative integrated delivery model, and leading-edge technology, we are well equipped to deliver this world-class facility that reflects the ambitious vision of LVXP.”

James Frasure, CEO of LVXP, added: “We are ecstatic to collaborate with the illustrious firms Steelman Partners and AECOM. Paul Steelman’s visionary designs for the resort, coupled with AECOM’s unparalleled expertise in arena design, will create a magnificent and unrivaled destination on the Las Vegas Strip.”

Global venue development, advisory and investment company Oak View Group has also detailed plans for a new district in Las Vegas that would be anchored by a 20,000-seat arena. The plans were announced in March 2022 but OVG is yet to break ground.