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Orleans Arena Breaks Ground In Vegas

Construction of Las Vegas' newest arena is underway, making it one of four arenas
within a four-mile radius – MGM Grand Garden, Thomas & Mack Center and
Mandalay Bay Events Center, in addition to the 7,000-seat Aladdin Theatre and the
3,000-seat Cox Pavilion.

The Orleans Arena, expected to open next spring, is part of a $140 million
Orleans hotel-casino expansion. It will seat up to 9,000 for concerts and boxing
events and about 7,000-7,500 people for hockey. The facility will also have the
ability to scale down to 3,000- to 4,000-seats.

According to Coast Resorts Chairman Michael Gaughan, owner of the property, the cost of the new facility jumped to nearly $43 million from $20 million due to a series of upgrades. Among its amenities will be granite floors, the country's highest restroom-to-guest ratio of any facility, a private concourse level with 24 suites and 220 club seats and an audio/video system with two
LED video screens and an LED wraparound video system. It will also have the largest upholstered arena seats in the area – 21 inches wide.