The next big thing in Las Vegas? A 22,000-seat, $350-million arena

The next big thing in Las Vegas? A 22,000-seat, $350-million arena
The 22,000-seat Las Vegas Arena plans to open next spring. (MGM Resorts International)

The next big attraction to open in Las Vegas won’t have a hotel room. Instead, it’s the

, slated to debut in spring, 2016.

On Wednesday, parent company MGM Resorts announced that Coca-Cola and Toshiba America Business Solutions Inc. became partners.

Toshiba landed naming rights to the 75,000-square-foot entertainment space slotted between the Monte Carlo and New York-New York resorts, now called Toshiba Plaza. The space will feature an outdoor concert area and signs made by the electronics company.

Coca-Cola becomes the supplier of all sparkling and still drinks in the arena, Toshiba Plaza and the under-development Park with its host of restaurants and bars. The beverage company also plans to have what it’s calling a Fan Activation Zone for events.

Coca-Cola is now found in all MGM Resorts except for Mandalay Bay and New York-New York.

The $375-million indoor arena plans to host more than 100 events annually at its 22,000-seat facility. The arena also plans to feature 50 luxury suites and more than two dozen private boxes.

The arena also could be home to the newest NHL expansion team.

trying to lure the hockey league to Las Vegas is trying to collect deposits for 10,000 season tickets in advance to show that the city has a fan base. That decision should come in June when the NHL’s competition committee meets.