Populous, one of world’s powerhouse sports architectural firms, has won the job of designing MGM Resorts International’s proposed $350 million 20,000-seat arena slated for a site between New York-New York and Monte Carlo just off the Strip.

MGM, which owns 10 Strip properties, is joining forces with Los Angeles-based AEG to privately build the sports and entertainment venue. MGM projects to break ground in the summer of 2014 with an opening set for summer of 2016. AEG is one of the premier sports and entertainment companies in the world.

... “This project is exciting. We’ve been working with AEG on developing an arena in Las Vegas since 2007,” said Tim Romani, president of ICON Venue Group, the project management company that coordinated the architect selection process. “They finally landed with the best site and partnership. There’s a buzz around this project.”

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