Thomas & Mack Center

Last updated
Thomas & Mack Center
The Shark Tank
Thomas & Mack Center logo.svg
Thomas & Mack Center by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Thomas & Mack Center, October 19, 2011
Relief map of U.S., Nevada.png
Red pog.svg
Thomas & Mack Center
Location in Nevada
Usa edcp relief location map.png
Red pog.svg
Thomas & Mack Center
Location in the United States
Address4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Location Paradise, Nevada
Coordinates 36°6′18″N115°8′39″W / 36.10500°N 115.14417°W / 36.10500; -115.14417 Coordinates: 36°6′18″N115°8′39″W / 36.10500°N 115.14417°W / 36.10500; -115.14417
Owner University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Operator University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Capacity Basketball: 17,923
Boxing: 18,645
Arena football: 16,606
Concerts:
*End stage 180°: 14,729
*End stage 270°: 15,736
*End stage 360°: 18,069
*Center stage: 18,574
*Theatre: 9,413 [1]
SurfaceMulti-surface
Construction
Broke groundOctober 21, 1981;39 years ago (1981-10-21) [2]
OpenedDecember 16, 1983;37 years ago (1983-12-16)
Construction cost$30 million
ArchitectW2C Architects, John Carl Warnecke and Associates and
Cambeiro & Cambeiro Ltd. (Artturo Cambeiro, AIA and Domingo Cambeiro)
Ellerbe Becket (renovation) [3]
Structural engineerJohn A. Martin & Associates [4]
General contractor Perini Building Company [5]
Tenants
UNLV Runnin' Rebels (NCAA) (1983–present)
UNLV Lady Rebels (NCAA) (1983–2001)
Las Vegas Americans (MISL) (1984–1985)
Las Vegas Silver Streaks (WBL) (1988–1990)
Las Vegas Thunder (IHL) (1993–1999)
Las Vegas Flash (RHI) (1994)
Las Vegas Dustdevils (CISL) (1995)
Las Vegas Sting (AFL) (1995)
Las Vegas Silver Bandits (IBL) (1999–2001)
Las Vegas Gladiators (AFL) (2003–2006)
Las Vegas Sin (LFL) (2014)
Las Vegas Outlaws (AFL) (2015)
NBA Summer League (2004–present)

Thomas & Mack Center is an arena located on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in Paradise, Nevada. It is home of the UNLV Runnin' Rebels basketball team of the Mountain West Conference.

Contents

History

The facility was first opened in the summer of 1983. The gala grand opening was held on December 16, 1983, featuring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Diana Ross. [6] The facility hosts numerous events, such as concerts, music festivals, conventions and boxing cards. For ring events, the capacity is 19,522; for basketball, the capacity is 18,000. [6] The facility is named after two prominent Nevada bankers, E. Parry Thomas and Jerome D. Mack, who donated the original funds for the feasibility and land studies.

The arena 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.

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.

The center's primary tenant is the UNLV men's basketball team since 1983. The arena was nicknamed "the Shark Tank" after UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian, whose nickname was Tark the Shark. He won a national championship in 1990 and took the team to three additional Final Fours (four Final Fours overall). [7] The arena ranked 4th highest in college basketball attendance during the 2012-2013 season.

The facility also hosted the Las Vegas Thunder of the now defunct International Hockey League. It was also host of the Los Angeles Lakers pre-season games annually in October through 2013. In 2014 and 2015 their games were played at MGM Grand, and from 2016 onward at T-Mobile Arena.

Arena Football

It was the former home of the Arena Football League's Las Vegas Sting, Las Vegas Gladiators, and Las Vegas Outlaws. In 2005 and 2006, the arena hosted the Arena Football League's ArenaBowl.

ArenaBowl XIX and ArenaBowl XX were the first two ArenaBowls to be held at a neutral site arena. In the past, the games had been played at the site of the highest seed in the playoffs.

In ArenaBowl XIX in 2005, the Colorado Crush, owned by John Elway defeated the Georgia Force on a field goal on the final play of the game. The game was ranked as one of the AFL's 20 best games ever in league history. The following year, 2006, the Chicago Rush, owned by Mike Ditka defeated the Orlando Predators 69-61 for the Rush's first championship in franchise history.

Basketball

NBA

The venue hosted the 2007 NBA All-Star Game, marking the first time that this game was held in a city without a National Basketball Association (NBA) franchise. For the first time in NBA history, an on-campus college sports arena served as venue of an NBA All-Star Game. However, the arena had previously hosted home games for two NBA teams, the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers.

The Utah Jazz used the arena in the mid-1980s, and it was where Kareem Abdul-Jabbar broke Wilt Chamberlain's record for points in a career in 1984. The Lakers used the arena in 1992 for Game 4 of their first round playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers, which Portland won 102–76. The NBA moved the game as a result of the Los Angeles riots.

DateWinnerScoreLoserGame TypeAttendance
November 23, 1983 Chicago Bulls 128-117 Utah Jazz Regular season 13,176
November 29, 1983Utah Jazz114-110 Phoenix Suns Regular season7,143
December 9, 1983 San Antonio Spurs 126-117Utah JazzRegular season7,258
January 4, 1984Utah Jazz116-111 Houston Rockets Regular season8,190
January 24, 1984 Dallas Mavericks 123-115Utah JazzRegular season7,752
January 31, 1984Utah Jazz98-94 Seattle SuperSonics Regular season7,148
February 7, 1984 San Diego Clippers 109-103Utah JazzRegular season7,015
March 13, 1984Utah Jazz124-119 Portland Trail Blazers Regular season-
March 23, 1984 Golden State Warriors 115-104Utah JazzRegular season6,241
April 5, 1984 Los Angeles Lakers 129-115Utah JazzRegular season18,389
April 10, 1984Utah Jazz135-120 Denver Nuggets Regular season7,357
November 2, 1984 Utah Jazz 107-101 Seattle SuperSonics Regular season3,955
December 9, 1984Utah Jazz123-120 Kansas City Kings Regular season4,070
May 3, 1992 Portland Trail Blazers 102-76 Los Angeles Lakers Postseason 15,478
February 18, 2007 Western 153-132 Eastern 2007 NBA All-Star Game 15,694

College

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 stayed until 2013. [8]

International

The FIBA Americas Championship 2007 was held at Thomas & Mack Center from August 22 to September 2.

DateOpponentScoreHomeAttendance
August 22, 2007 Uruguay  Flag of Uruguay.svg88-44 (OT)Flag of Panama.svg  Panama -
Puerto Rico  Flag of Puerto Rico.svg89-100Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico -
Brazil  Flag of Brazil.svg75-67Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada -
Venezuela  Flag of Venezuela.svg69-112Flag of the United States.svg  United States -
August 23, 2007 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg90-69Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay -
Panama  Flag of Panama.svg67-108Flag of Puerto Rico.svg  Puerto Rico -
Venezuela  Flag of Venezuela.svg73–80Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada -
Virgin Islands  Flag of the United States Virgin Islands.svg59–123Flag of the United States.svg  United States -
August 24, 2007 Panama  Flag of Panama.svg75–87Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina -
Uruguay  Flag of Uruguay.svg82–79Flag of Puerto Rico.svg  Puerto Rico -
Virgin Islands  Flag of the United States Virgin Islands.svg83–93Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada -
Brazil  Flag of Brazil.svg101–75Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela -
August 25, 2007 Uruguay  Flag of Uruguay.svg82–79Flag of Puerto Rico.svg  Puerto Rico -
Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg104–83Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico -
Canada  Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg63-113Flag of the United States.svg  United States -
Virgin Islands  Flag of the United States Virgin Islands.svg89–93Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil -
August 26, 2007 Uruguay  Flag of Uruguay.svg91-82Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico -
Panama  Flag of Panama.svg92–109 (OT)Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina -
Venezuela  Flag of Venezuela.svg100–90Flag of the United States Virgin Islands.svg  Virgin Islands -
Brazil  Flag of Brazil.svg76–113Flag of the United States.svg  United States -
August 27, 2007 Uruguay  Flag of Uruguay.svg88–95Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada -
Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg98–63Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela -
Brazil  Flag of Brazil.svg75–97Flag of Puerto Rico.svg  Puerto Rico -
Mexico  Flag of Mexico.svg100-127Flag of the United States.svg  United States -
August 28, 2007 Venezuela  Flag of Venezuela.svg89–79Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay -
Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg85-70Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada -
Brazil  Flag of Brazil.svg104-90Flag of Mexico.svg  Mexico -
Puerto Rico  Flag of Puerto Rico.svg78–117Flag of the United States.svg  United States -
August 29, 2007 Mexico  Flag of Mexico.svg80-97Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada -
Venezuela  Flag of Venezuela.svg63–92Flag of Puerto Rico.svg  Puerto Rico -
Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg86–79Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil -
Uruguay  Flag of Uruguay.svg79–118Flag of the United States.svg  United States -
August 30, 2007 Mexico  Flag of Mexico.svg101–91Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela -
Brazil  Flag of Brazil.svg96–62Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay -
Puerto Rico  Flag of Puerto Rico.svg72–66Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada -
Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg76-91Flag of the United States.svg  United States -
September 1, 2007 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg91–80Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil -
Flag of Puerto Rico.svg  Puerto Rico 91-135Flag of the United States.svg  United States -
September 2, 2007 Brazil  Flag of Brazil.svg107–111Flag of Puerto Rico.svg  Puerto Rico -
Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg81–118Flag of the United States.svg  United States -

Rodeo

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 Thomas & Mack Center hosts the National Finals Rodeo annually each December. [9] It also hosted the PBR World Finals from 1999 to 2015 before the event moved to the new T-Mobile Arena from the 2016 season onward; [10] the PBR returned in 2018 to host their annual "Last Cowboy Standing" event. [11] As a surprise during the 2018 PBR Finals in November, CEO Sean Gleason announced that the PBR Last Cowboy Standing event will be hosted at Cheyenne Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming starting in 2019. This move to the world's largest outdoor rodeo expands on a growing partnership. [12] [13]

Martial arts

The venue hosted multiple professional boxing fights, including:

The venue also hosted mixed martial arts events such as UFC 43 in 2003, Pride 32 in 2006 and Pride 33 in 2007.

Other sports events

On March 30, 1984, the USA Volleyball Olympic team competed in the international competition at Thomas & Mack Center.

On September 12, 2017, the Thomas and Mack Center played host to the finals of WWE's first Mae Young Classic.

Other events

The facility also hosts numerous other events, such as concerts, music festivals and conventions.

The gala grand opening was held on December 16, 1983, featuring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Diana Ross.

Rock band Mötley Crüe performed on March 16, 1984.

Sir Elton John's first performance at the arena was on August 24, 1984.

Other bands such as AC/DC, Van Halen, Metallica, Kiss, and Aerosmith performed in 1986.

On November 14, 1987, comedian Eddie Murphy performed at the arena.

On January 25, 1992, Guns N' Roses performed at the arena during their Use Your Illusion Tour. It was the largest attendance single performance concert with 17,590 fans in attendance. Later, the record was broken by U2 on November 18, 2001 when U2 sold 17,771 tickets. [14]

Pearl Jam performed at the arena on July 11, 1998.

Rock band Phish performed at the arena 10 times. The first time on November 13, 1997 as their Fall tour opener. They also played on October 30 and 31, 1998. During the Halloween Night performance, the band covered The Velvet Underground's "Loaded" album in its entirety during the second set. This performance is available on the band's official live release Live Phish Volume 16 . The band returned to the arena for two shows in September 2000 on the 29th and 30th and again for two more shows in February 2003 on the 15th and 16th. They also played three shows in 2004 on April 15, 16 and 17th.

On September 11, 2003, Thomas & Mack Center celebrated its 20th anniversary, hosting R.E.M. in concert.

In September 2004, the World Music Awards was held at the arena, broadcast live on ABC.

On January 28, 2007, High School Musical: The Concert performed with over 10,000 people attending.

The arena has hosted lectures by Bill Clinton and Mikhail Gorbachev as part of various UNLV-affiliated lecture series.

On October 19, 2016, the arena hosted the final Presidential Debate for the 2016 presidential election. [15]

See also

Related Research Articles

Evander Holyfield American boxer

Evander Holyfield is an American former professional boxer who competed from 1984 to 2011. He reigned as the undisputed champion at cruiserweight in the late 1980s and at heavyweight in the early 1990s, and remains the only boxer in history to win the undisputed championship in two weight classes in the three belt era. Nicknamed "the Real Deal", Holyfield is the only four-time world heavyweight champion, having held the unified WBA, WBC, and IBF titles from 1990 to 1992, the WBA and IBF titles again from 1993 to 1994, the WBA title a third time from 1996 to 1999; the IBF title a third time from 1997 to 1999 and the WBA title for a fourth time from 2000 to 2001.

Boxing in the 1980s

Boxing in the 1980s was filled with important fights, events and personalities that shaped the sport. Boxing in the 1980s was shaped by many different situations, such as the continuous corporate battles between the different world sanctioning organizations, the void left by Muhammad Ali as the sport's ambassador and consequent search for a new boxing hero, the continuous presence of Don King as the sport's most famous promoter, the surge of rival promoters as Bob Arum, Butch Lewis and Murad Muhammad, and major rule changes. In 1986, Mike Tyson emerged as a fresh new face in the heavyweight division, which had seen a decline in champion quality level after Ali's retirement and, later on, after longtime WBC ruler Larry Holmes' prime. In addition, the IBF and WBO began operating.

In professional boxing, the undisputed champion of a weight class is the boxer who holds world titles from all four of the major sanctioning organisations—WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO—simultaneously. There were many undisputed champions before the number of sanctioning bodies increased, but there have only been five boxers to hold all four sanctioned titles simultaneously. Josh Taylor is the undisputed light welterweight champion, currently the only undisputed champion.

As in the 1980s, the 1990s in boxing's popularity focused on all divisions. When 1980s legends Sugar Ray Leonard, Thomas Hearns, as well as others retired, newer superstars filled the void: Pernell Whitaker, Julio César Chávez, in the early 1990s, Oscar De La Hoya, Félix Trinidad, Roy Jones Jr. and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. in the mid to late 1990s.

The Las Vegas metropolitan area is home to many sports, most of which take place in the unincorporated communities around Las Vegas rather than in the city itself. The Las Vegas Valley has three major league professional teams: the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League (NHL), which began play in 2017 as the region's first major pro team, the Las Vegas Raiders of the National Football League (NFL) which began play in 2020 after relocating from Oakland, California, and the Las Vegas Aces of the WNBA. Las Vegas is home to three minor league sports teams: the Las Vegas Aviators of the Triple-A West, the Las Vegas Lights FC of the USL Championship, the league at the second level of the U.S. men's soccer league system, and the Henderson Silver Knights of the American Hockey League, the league at the second level of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Las Vegas Lights are currently the only team playing in the City of Las Vegas, at the city-owned Cashman Field.

Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. Boxing competition

Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr., billed as The World Awaits, was a light middleweight superfight that took place on May 5, 2007, at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada between six-division world champion Oscar De La Hoya and undefeated four-division champion Floyd Mayweather Jr.. At the time, the bout was the most lucrative boxing match ever, with over $130 million in generated revenue.

Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield Boxing competition

Mike Tyson vs. Evander Holyfield, billed as Finally, was a professional boxing match fought between Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson for the World Boxing Association heavyweight championship on November 9, 1996 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Paradise, Nevada. The bout was Tyson's first defense of the WBA title that he had won from Bruce Seldon on September 7 of that year.

Showtime Championship Boxing is a television boxing program airing on Showtime. Debuting in March 1986, it is broadcast live on the first Saturday of every month. Showtime Championship Boxing, which is very similar to HBO World Championship Boxing, features Mauro Ranallo on play-by-play, Al Bernstein as the color analyst, Jimmy Lennon as ring announcers, and Jim Gray as reporter.

Buster Douglas vs. Evander Holyfield Boxing competition

Buster Douglas vs Evander Holyfield, billed as "The Moment of Truth", was a professional boxing match contested on October 25, 1990 for the WBA, WBC, IBF, The Ring and lineal Heavyweight championships. The bout took place at the Mirage in Paradise, Nevada, USA and saw Douglas making the first defense of the titles he won from Mike Tyson in February 1990.

Evander Holyfield vs. Riddick Bowe Boxing competition

Evander Holyfield vs. Riddick Bowe was a professional boxing match that took place on November 13, 1992 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The fight was contested for the undisputed world heavyweight championship, which consisted of the WBA, WBC, IBF and Lineal championships.

Evander Holyfield vs. Michael Moorer Boxing competition

Evander Holyfield vs. Michael Moorer was a professional boxing match contested on April 22, 1994, for the WBA, IBF and Lineal Heavyweight Championships.

Evander Holyfield vs. Michael Moorer II Boxing competition

Evander Holyfield vs. Michael Moorer II was a professional boxing match contested November 8, 1997 for the WBA and IBF Heavyweight championships.

Evander Holyfield vs. Lennox Lewis Boxing competition

Evander Holyfield vs. Lennox Lewis, billed as "Undisputed", was a professional boxing match contested on March 13, 1999 for the WBA, WBC, IBF and Lineal Heavyweight Championships. The result was a draw, specifically a split draw, which proved controversial.

Evander Holyfield vs. Lennox Lewis II Boxing competition

Evander Holyfield vs. Lennox Lewis II, billed as "Unfinished Business: The Search for the Truth", was a professional boxing match contested on November 13, 1999 for the WBA, WBC, IBF, IBO and Lineal Heavyweight championships.

Evander Holyfield vs. Bert Cooper Boxing competition

Evander Holyfield vs. Bert Cooper, billed as "The Homecoming", was a professional boxing match contested on November 23, 1991 for the WBA, IBF and Lineal Heavyweight Championships.

Riddick Bowe vs. Jesse Ferguson Boxing competition

Riddick Bowe vs. Jesse Ferguson, billed as "The Heavyweight Debate", was a professional boxing match contested on May 22, 1993, for the WBA and Lineal Heavyweight championships. The fight took place in RFK Stadium in Washington, DC, was Bowe's second defense of the title he had won from Evander Holyfield in November 1992, and was the main event of a card that included a fight between Roy Jones, Jr. and Bernard Hopkins for the vacant IBF middleweight championship, which Jones won.

Evander Holyfield vs. Vaughn Bean Boxing competition

Evander Holyfield vs. Vaughn Bean, billed as "The Power and the Glory", was a professional boxing match contested on September 19, 1998 for the WBA and IBF heavyweight titles.

Evander Holyfield vs. Rickey Parkey Boxing match

Evander Holyfield vs. Rickey Parkey was a professional boxing match contested on February 14, 1987 for the WBA and IBF cruiserweight title.

Manny Pacquiao vs. Errol Spence Jr. Boxing competition

Manny Pacquiao vs. Errol Spence Jr. is an upcoming welterweight professional boxing match contested between 8-division world champion, Manny Pacquiao and unified WBC and IBF welterweight champion, Errol Spence Jr. The bout is set for August 21, 2021, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.

References

  1. "Thomas & Mack Center" (PDF). unlvtickets.com.
  2. "Timelines - University Building Completions". nevada.edu. Archived from the original on 2013-04-09.
  3. "University of Nevada - Las Vegas, Sports Renovations & Improvements". Ellerbe Becket. Archived from the original on 2012-07-30.
  4. http://www.jamanv.com/projects/entertainment/
  5. "Richard Rizzo Vice Chairman of Perini Building Co". Las Vegas Sun. June 28, 2007. Retrieved February 13, 2012.
  6. 1 2 "UNLVREBELS.COM - University of Nevada Las Vegas Official Athletic Site". www.unlvrebels.com.
  7. Rhoden, William C. (1991-07-01). "Built on Big-Time Basketball, U.N.L.V. Tries to Scrub Its Image". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-04-06.
  8. "Las Vegas awarded Mountain West tourney through 2013". lasvegassun.com. 2 June 2009.
  9. "Thomas & Mack Center Extends Rodeo Contract". VenuesNow. August 11, 2015. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  10. "Looking Back At The Thomas & Mack". Professional Bull Riders. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  11. "PBR and WCRA join forces to produce major rodeos". Professional Bull Riders.
  12. "PBR Last Cowboy Standing to be held at Cheyenne Frontier Days in 2019". Professional Bull Riders. www.pbr.com. Retrieved November 13, 2018.
  13. "PBR Last Cowboy Standing - Cheyenne Frontier Days". Professional Bull Riders. Retrieved September 10, 2019.
  14. Center, Thomas & Mack. "Thomas & Mack Center" (PDF). www.thomasandmack.com.
  15. "2016 Presidential Debate Home - 2016 Presidential Debate - University of Nevada, Las Vegas". www.unlv.edu.
Events and tenants
Preceded by
Izod Center
Home of the
Las Vegas Gladiators

2007
Succeeded by
Orleans Arena
Preceded by
Toyota Center
Host of the
NBA All-Star Game

2007
Succeeded by
New Orleans Arena