On August 26, 20,000 fight fans will pack the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas for a truly unique spectacle which has split opinion across the sporting world.
While months of discussions, claims, counter claims, U-turns and denials ensured the contest between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor was never out of the news, before it was finally confirmed, there was no doubting the famous Strip would play host to the bout, if and when it ever happened.
But while boxing history echoes around the Strip’s iconic venues, such as the MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and Caesars Palace, its the newest kid on the block, the T-Mobile Arena, which hosts this titanic contest.
T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas will host Floyd Mayweather’s clash with Conor McGregor
The Arena is fast becoming one of the most prestigious boxing venues in Las Vegas
Irishman McGregor has fought there before, beating Nate Diaz in their 2016 contest
The neon-magenta centre has been open for only 18 months, but already the £283m ($375m) arena has secured its place at the top of the sporting pecking order, as proven by snagging the contest between Mayweather and McGregor.
The attraction is obvious. At 20,000 seats, split over five levels, the arena outdoes traditional Vegas boxing venues by around four thousand. It is also bigger than the MGM Grand Garden Arena, opened in 1993, where Mayweather has fought his last 12 contests.
Indeed, MGM are 50 per cent partners in the Strip’s newest venue, which was built to ensure Las Vegas remains at the forefront of innovation. Sin City needed to modernise.
The chief ambition was to try and bring one of America’s major leagues to Nevada, with the NBA and the NHL the targets at a time when the leagues have started to soften their stance on gambling.
The newest addition to the Las Vegas sporting scene is an arena of two halves