Las Vegas, NY (April 20, 2016)—The new T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas recently opened, the fruition of $375 million and two years of construction. The 20,000-seat facility will host a slew of sports, but opening night was reserved for an all-star gala event featuring hometown favorites like The Killers, Wayne Newton, Blue Man Group and Cirque du Soleil. All of them were heard via a Martin Audio MLA system used by Delicate Productions of Los Angeles and San Francisco.
The MLA system, supplied by the arena’s preferred audio provider and MLA partner 3G Productions, consisted of 16 MLA and 2 MLD cabinets per side for the main hang, 20 MLA Compact a side for outfills along with 32 MLX subs (12 ground-stacked and 4 flown per side).
The crew for the event included Bryan Bazilsky (Project Manager), Kenny Kaiser (FOH Engineer), Marty Beath (Monitor Engineer), Makoto Araki/Manny Perez (Audio System Techs), Craig Robertson (FOH Tech), Jimmy Girard (Monitor Tech), Fumi Okazaki (Audio Stage Tech) and Arturo Acosta (Opening act Monitor Engineer).
Describing the event’s planning, Delicate’s Smoother Smyth said, “Due to our workload, it made sense to bring in the MLA system from 3G who are based in Las Vegas. They installed the PA a week before the Killers show for a ‘soft opening’ with Martina McBride, an event to ensure the ticketing systems, concession stands and security were all in place and operating efficiently prior to the Opening Night Concert. As it turned out, there were no acoustic issues other than to say that the MLA system handled the 20,000-seat venue perfectly.”