Thomas & Mack Center
|Location||Thomas and Mack Dr, Las Vegas, Nevada 89119|
|Opened||September 16, 1983|
|Owner||University of Nevada, Las Vegas|
Arena football: 16,606
UNLV Runnin' Rebels (1983–present)|
National Finals Rodeo (1984–present)
PBR World Finals (1999–present)
Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament (2000–2003), (2007–present)
Las Vegas Thunder (IHL) (1993–1998)
Las Vegas Flash (RHI) (1994)
Las Vegas Dustdevils (CISL) (1995)
Las Vegas Sting (AFL) (1995)
Las Vegas Gladiators (AFL) (2003–2006)
NBA All-Star Game (2007)
WWE No Way Out (2001, 2008)
WWE Vengeance (2005)
The Thomas & Mack Center is an arena, on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in Paradise, Nevada, USA. For ring events, the capacity is 19,522, for basketball, the capacity is 18,776.
The facility was first opened in the summer of 1983 and underwent a major interior and exterior renovation in 1999. 2008 saw the installation of all new visual equipment, which included a 4-sided new center-hung LED widescreen scoreboard, which includes four LED advertising/scoring boards above it and a LED advertising ring below it to replace the one installed in 1995, a partial LED ring beam display covering 80% of the balcony's rim, a new 50' LED scorer's table display, a new shot clock system for the backboards, six wall-mounted locker room game clocks, two new custom scoreboards with fixed digital scoring and complete player stats and a new outdoor marquee LED video billboard.
The facility is named after two prominent Nevada bankers, E. Parry Thomas and Jerome Mack, who donated the original funds for the feasibility and land studies.
In 2001, a smaller arena, Cox Pavilion, was added to the complex; the two arenas are directly connected. Cox Pavilion is used for smaller events; its main tenants are the UNLV women's basketball and volleyball programs.
Its primary tenant is the UNLV men's basketball team. It also hosts the National Finals Rodeo annually. Since 1999, it also hosts the PBR World Finals. The facility also hosted the Las Vegas Thunder of the now defunct International Hockey League. It also hosts the Los Angeles Lakers pre-season games annually in October.
It was the former home of the Arena Football League's Las Vegas Sting and Las Vegas Gladiators. In 2005 and 2006, the arena hosted the Arena Football League's ArenaBowl. And it hosted the 2007 NBA All-Star Game, marking the first time that this game was held in a city without an NBA franchise. For the first time in NBA history, an on-campus college sports arena served as venue of an NBA All-Star Game.
The Thomas and Mack Center had also been an alternate home for the Utah Jazz in the mid-1980s, and was where Kareem Abdul-Jabbar broke Wilt Chamberlain's record for points in a career in 1984. The 1994-95 Big West Conference, 1997-99 Western Athletic Conference and 2000-03 Mountain West Conference men's basketball tournaments were held there as well. The Mountain West Conference basketball tournament returned in 2007 and will stay until 2013.
Thomas & Mack Center hosted game 4 of the 1992 Western Conference NBA playoffs. Los Angeles Lakers Vs. Portland Trail Blazers. Final score, Portland 102 - Los Angeles 76. The game was moved to Las Vegas on May 3, 1992 due to the Los Angeles riots after a jury acquitted four (4) Los Angeles Police Department officers accused in the brutal beating of African-American motorist Rodney King.
In late 2007, CBS filmed part of the CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episode, "Bull", at the Thomas & Mack Center, which was hosting the PBR World Finals.
The FIBA Americas Championship 2007 was held at Thomas & Mack Center from August 22 to September 2.
The facility also hosts numerous other events, such as concerts, conventions, boxing cards, MMA cards such as UFC 43 and Pride Fighting Championships 32 & 33, and professional wrestling shows, such as WWE No Way Out 2001, WWE Vengeance 2005 and WWE No Way Out 2008.
The arena has hosted concerts by many famous artists, including Aerosmith, U2, Scorpions, Flyleaf, Mötley Crüe, Def Leppard, Judas Priest, Whitesnake, KISS, Megadeth, Garbage, REO Speedwagon, David Bowie, Bruce Springsteen, Guns N' Roses, Van Halen, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, The Cult, Metal Church, AC/DC, Phish, Mariah Carey, Clay Aiken, Kelly Clarkson, Rat Pack, Alice In Chains, Miley Cyrus, Metro Station, Garth Brooks, Jordan Pruitt, High School Musical & American Idol Live!, among others.
Mikhail Gorbachev once spoke in the arena in March 2004, about his views on current world events.