T-Mobile Arena Completion Article

A Shining Star in the City of Lights

Undoubtedly, Las Vegas knows how to put on a show, and now it has a 650,000-square-foot, 20,000-seat venue to match its reputation. So spectacular, in-fact, is the newly constructed T-Mobile Arena that none other than Wayne Newton, “Mr. Las Vegas” himself, saw it fitting to open the venue on April 6, 2016, alongside alternative rock band, The Killers (because – yeah…it’s Vegas!). Located west of the strip near New York-New York and the Monte Carlo, the arena is the Entertainment Capital of the World’s newest entertainment venue, ready to host up to 150 events a year including concerts, sporting events, rodeos, award shows and more.

Part of the arena’s beauty and majesty can be credited to an oft-overlooked (quite literally) attribute that spans the entire venue – the railing structures. From the outside-in, the railings play a crucial role not only in the arena’s safety and security features, but also in its aesthetic appeal.

As ticket-holders head to the new arena from the outdoor, two-acre Toshiba Plaza, they’ll notice stainless steel handrail, as well as anodized aluminum picket railing, backing the entertainment stage area used for pre-show and special events. Entering from a parking garage, they’d see stainless steel handrail lining the pedestrian bridges leading into the grand arena. If they happen to be arriving at night, an upward glance toward the outdoor concourse balconies reveals multiple levels of exterior glass balcony railing.

Yet, this is no ordinary glass railing (again, this is Vegas!). This custom-engineered base shoe railing system came to life through the coordination of multiple trades. On the main concourse exterior terrace balcony, the aluminum base shoe is stud-welded atop a steel C-channel that is itself welded to a steel embed within a concrete curb (Bet you can’t say that three times fast). On the remaining exterior balconies, the aluminum base shoe is stud-welded atop a steel C-channel that is attached with epoxy anchors to the concrete slab. Within the custom steel C-channels are LED lights illuminating the railing and surrounding balcony areas, giving the arena a true “City of Lights” attitude.

Once inside the main entrance, visitors will notice they’re one level below the main concourse. As they look up, they’ll take in the views of the famous Las Vegas Strip through a glass façade that gives the area a wide-open atmosphere. The glass railings in this section, utilizing ½” tempered glass from OldCastle BuildingEnvelope®, line the stairs, concourse overlooks and bridges to outdoor terraces. The Suite level and Tower Club level added custom drink rails with stainless steel supports friction-fit to ½” tempered glass, providing additional gathering areas for event attendees.

They can follow the glass railing from the main concourse up to the Party Deck level on the south end of the arena. The party deck overlooks the main floor, so an unobstructed view was crucial here.  Clear sightlines are ensured by the use of custom stainless steel cable rail at the front of the seating area. Throughout the facility, anodized aluminum aisle railings complement anodized aluminum picket-style railings that enclose the ADA compliance overlooks.

Those guests lucky or resourceful enough to grace any of the 50 luxury suites located along both the east and west sides of the arena will find glass base shoe style suite dividers keeping their parties private while maintaining a light, airy ambiance. More than two-dozen loge boxes at the north end of the arena showcase custom aluminum floor- and wall-mounted handrails.

Event-goers will likely agree that the most unique architectural features of the seating area are the two Tower Club level triangular overlook areas that extend from the club and rise approximately 100 feet above the arena floor. Knowing this unique feature needed a railing system to match, designers requested a C-channel LED lit glass base shoe railing system be used throughout the club level. The railings connect these two elements around the north end of the arena and were fitted with custom drink rails with stainless steel supports friction-fit to the glass.

While everyone knows what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, we are hoping that visitors to this beautiful new arena share their experience with their friends back home. And when they come to Sin City, they’ll know the greatest sin would be to miss out on a visit to this entertainment marvel.

SC Railing was proud to work with Populous, Hunt Construction and Penta Building Group to provide over 12,400 linear feet of railing to the T-Mobile Arena in just one years’ time.

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