Thomas & Mack CenterFacility History
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.
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 host venue for an NBA All-Star Game.
The Thomas and Mack Center had also been an alternate home for the Utah Jazz in the mid-1980's, 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, and returned in2007.Fast Facts
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.
- The Gala Grand Opening was held on December 16, 1983 and featured Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and Diana Ross
- Maximum seating capacity is 19,522 for boxing and 18,776 for basketball
- Height from floor to ceiling is 104 feet
- There are 4500 on-site parking spaces and 6500 additional on-campus parking spaces
- The concourse is 42,000 square feet
- The floor is 8,600 square feet (bleachers extended) and 20,000 square feet (bleachers retracted)
- The floor is evenly illuminated with 350 foot candles of metal Halide lighting
- The Center is cooled by 1,175 tons of air conditioning
- The Thomas & Mack Center has 30 VIP luxury suites
- The Thomas & Mack Center is only 1/2 mile from McCarran International Airport and less than 5 minutes from the famous Las Vegas Strip
- The largest attendance at an event was 20,321 at a basketball game featuring the UNLV Runnin' Rebels vs. Navy