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Thomas & Mack 25th Anniversary

No. 7: NBA playoffs shift to the Mack amidst L.A. riots
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Thomas & Mack Turns 25:
Emotions were mixed for the Los Angeles Lakers as they headed east for a 'home' playoff game on May 3, 1992. Trailing 2-1 in a best-of-five first round series with the top-seeded Portland Trailblazers, Game Four was moved from riot-riddled L.A. to Las Vegas. Both teams sat around between games Three and Four while Los Angeles burned in the wake of the verdict from the Rodney King beating trial.
No. 8: Tark bids farewell to UNLV faithful
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thomas & Mack Turns 25:
The night of March 3, 1992 produced a strange confluence of emotions. A capacity crowd was on hand to say goodbye to Tark after 19 legendary years on the job. But it was Dr. Bob Maxson, the university president, who most in the packed house wanted to bid farewell -- and a not so fond one at that.
No. 9: Thunder shakes the Mack
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Thomas & Mack Turns 25: Minor league hockey franchise upstages UNLV in its own building
It's hard to believe the UNLV basketball team once was upstaged by a minor league hockey franchise in it's own building, but it's true.
No. 10: Holyfield, Lewis set gate record
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Thomas & Mack Turns 25: Heavyweights put fans in the T&M seats, leave them wanting more
Evander Holyfield’s biggest storyline obviously came at the hands (make that mouth) of Mike Tyson, but the “The Real Deal” Holyfield had several other interesting bouts that didn’t require plastic surgery on his ear.
No. 11: NBA All-Star Game full of glitz, glamour and grime
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Kobe Bryant led everyone with 31 points, earning him MVP honors, in the West’s 153-132 victory over the East.
No. 12: Brooks' friends fill Mack four straight nights
Monday, November 10, 2008
Thomas & Mack Turns 25: Country singer sets arena record with more than 72,000 fans
It was the summer of that year, a scorching mid-August week in Vegas, but no ticket was hotter than a ducat for Brooks’ electrifying shows at the Thomas & Mack Center.
No. 13: NBA finds a summer home in Vegas
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Thomas & Mack Turns 25:
While the potential existence of an NBA franchise in Las Vegas someday is a complete mystery, the league over the past five years has established unique roots in Sin City. Each July dating back to 2004, the Thomas & Mack Center and the Cox Pavilion have played home to one of the NBA's three summer leagues. There, the most loyal of die-hard fans go to watch stars in the making, plus some guys you may never hear from again ... at least not on this side of the Atlantic.
No. 14: Legendary fighters highlight first UFC show
Saturday, November 8, 2008
Thomas & Mack Turns 25: Couture, Liddell along with PRIDE's U.S. debut top Mack's MMA list
There might have been only one major UFC card held in the Thomas & Mack Center, but it was an event of epic proportions. On June 6, 2003, two of the sport's legendary stars met for their first of three battles when Randy Couture squared off against Chuck Liddell inside the Octagon in front of a crowd of nearly 10,000.
No. 15: Ol’ Blue Eyes plays the Mack
Friday, November 7, 2008
Thomas & Mack Turns 25:
Who else would roll into the Thomas & Mack Center to entertain at one of its inaugural events but the Chairman of the Board?
No. 16: Big George wins bloody battle
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Thomas & Mack Turns 25: Foreman survives Alex Stewart in first boxing match at the Mack
Over the past 15 years, the Thomas & Mack Center has held some of boxing's most memorable and lucrative prizefights. The very first one it hosted was neither.
No. 17: The Boss makes 'em scream
Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Thomas & Mack Turns 25: Springsteen one of many musical acts to play 25-year-old arena
That was the battle cry at the Thomas & Mack Center on Aug. 18, 2002 when Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, one of the most prolific touring acts of all time, hit town to promote "The Rising" CD.
No. 18: 'Woo-Woo' steals show in Tark's return
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Thomas & Mack Turns 25: Rosegreen grabs 21 boards as Rebels beat Tarkanian in front of 18,000
February 17, 1997, amid the dizzying hype of former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian’s first game at the Thomas & Mack as a visiting coach, was Warren Rosegreen’s time to shine. He collected, often violently, 21 rebounds as the Rebels beat Fresno State 78-64 in a Western Athletic Conference battle in front of 18,024 at the T&M. It was the largest crowd in more than three years to see a game at the arena. “I’ll be over it,” Tarkanian said afterward. “I just wish we should’ve shot better. We haven’t rebounded well all year, so that’s nothing new. But I thought ...
No. 19: Phish fans out in force
Monday, November 3, 2008
Thomas & Mack Turns 25:
Phish and legions of fans waded into the Thomas & Mack on Sept. 30, 2000.
No. 20: ‘Trotting’ in family entertainment
Sunday, November 2, 2008
Thomas & Mack Turns 25: Globetrotters helped shape Thomas & Mack as a family-friendly events center
On Jan. 25, 1984, a tall man, wearing the most colorful basketball uniform since the old ABA folded, chased another tall man all around the basketball court at the Thomas & Mack Center.
No. 21: The Mack 'Smackdown'
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Thomas & Mack Turns 25: Wresting events keep coming back to the Mack
You Little Hulksters, just don’t get too close to the action on the rails of the Thomas & Mack Center! That may or may not have been the request over the speakers on March 21, 1987, when wrestling made its debut in the arena and 14,434 attended the event that featured Hulk Hogan.

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