Thomas & Mack Center
TMC FACTS AND STATS
RUNNIN’ REBELS BEGIN 34TH SEASON IN TMC
UNLV‘s 2016-17 season will mark its 34th year of Runnin’ Rebel basketball in the Thomas & Mack Center.
The first event ever held at the arena took place on Nov. 21, 1983, when the Runnin’ Rebels faced the University of Victoria, Canada, in an exhibition game.
UNLV’s first regular-season contest at the TMC was played on Nov. 26, 1983, when the Runnin’ Rebels defeated Nevada, Reno, 92-71, in front of 15,227 fans. The arena’s first sellout came on Dec. 30, 1983, when UNLV squared off against Georgetown in a nationally televised game on CBS. The Hoyas won 69-67 in overtime in one of the most memorable games in TMC history.
There have been many other memories over the years, but one of the bigger events for Las Vegas sports fans occurred on April 5, 1984, when Los Angeles Lakers’ center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar swished a sky-hook against the Utah Jazz at the TMC and passed Wilt Chamberlain as the NBA’s all-time leading scorer.
Other major sporting events that have taken place in the arena include the National Finals Rodeo, the Riddick Bowe vs. Evander Holyfield heavyweight title fight and the 2007 NBA All-Star Game.
The largest attendance at a TMC event was 20,321 on Dec. 29, 1986, when UNLV defeated a David Robinson-led Navy team, 104-79.
In 559 games played at the TMC, UNLV has drawn 7,463,302 fans for an average of 13,351 per contest.
The Thomas & Mack Center, along with the adjacent Cox Pavilion and the new Mendenhall Center, is also the summer home to USA Basketball, the NBA’s Summer League and has hosted L.A. Clippers training camp. The facility also hosted the 2007 NBA All-Star Game and the 2007 FIBA Americas Championship, where Team USA qualified for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Considered one of the most well-known facilities in the world, the Thomas & Mack Center has been home for the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels for over 30 years and is one of the premier arenas in the nation for college basketball.
- UNLV is 458-101 (.819) all-time at the Thomas & Mack Center (33 years)
- No. 2 Attendance on the West Coast for College Basketball (No 22 in nation) as recently as 2013-14
- Ranked as one of the 10 most intimidating college basketball arenas for visiting teams
- Las Vegas is the Basketball Capital of the World & the Thomas & Mack Center is the “House of History”
- Los Angeles Lakers’ center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar swished a sky-hook against the Utah Jazz and passed Wilt Chamberlain as the NBA’s all-time leading scorer in 1984
- Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant was named MVP of the 2007 NBA All-Star Game
- Hall of Famer Jerry Tarkanian and his Runnin’ Rebels became household names during their four Final Four runs in 1977, 1987, 1990 and 1991 - including a national title in 1990
- Team USA – led by Bryant, LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Dwayne Wade & Kevin Durant - trains in Las Vegas & plays at the Thomas & Mack Center
- Greats from Michael Jordan to Magic Johnson have graced the T&M floor
- Along with the adjacent Cox Pavilion, the Thomas & Mack is the home to the NBA’s Summer League and the Los Angeles Clippers have held training camp at the Mendenhall Center
- In addition to being a basketball mecca for fans of all ages, the Thomas & Mack Center is also considered one of the premier special events venues in the nation.
- Amusement Business Magazine consistently ranks the Runnin’ Rebels’ home as the number one university venue in the country and the monthly trade publication Venues Today has reported that the Thomas & Mack Center has ranked No. 2 in the world in ticket sales from November-May. Only New York’s Madison Square Garden outsold the TMC.
- Over the years, the Thomas & Mack Center has made a name for itself outside of the basketball realm. It has hosted legendary concerts and events throughout the years with the likes of:
- Frank Sinatra, Pavarotti, Billy Joel, U2, Bon Jovi and many other mainstream headliners
- Home of the National Finals Rodeo since 1985
- Home of the Professional Bull Riding World Finals each fall, championship fights and numerous family-style entertainment shows including the Harlem Globetrotters, Sesame Street, Barney, World Wrestling Entertainment, the Wiggles and more
- Home of the site of the final 2016 Presidential Debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump