LAS VEGAS (April 28, 2023)—The World Champion Las Vegas Aces are all moved into their brand-new home—a 64,000 square foot, practice facility and team headquarters located next door to the Raiders Headquarters and Intermountain Health Performance Center in Henderson, Nevada.
This marks the first time in the 27-year history of the WNBA that a facility of this kind has been built solely for use by a WNBA team.
The Aces began design of the facility in February of 2021, and interior construction began in October, 2021. The project was led by CAA ICON, and its women-led project team of Julie Amacker and Shannon Miller.
When visitors first enter the Headquarters lobby, they are greeted by two 16-foot LED barn doors that are capable of displaying broadcast television, as well as any custom-made content or live video source in the building.
Player-specific spaces include the team’s locker room, film room, player lounge, weight room, training room, family room, and two basketball courts.
Each locker comes equipped with a TV and a built-in Mac mini PC. There’s also an 85-inch display in the room with live TV, and a locally plugged in laptop. The room also includes an overhead sound system with Bluetooth connection, all controlled by an in-wall touchscreen or portable device.
The player lounge boasts two large televisions with live TV, along with plug-ins for laptops or game consoles, Bluetooth audio connections and overhead sound, as well as a prep kitchen.
The Weight Room and Training Room come complete with hot and cold plunge pools, Hydro Tread, Infrared Sauna, Cryotherapy, Innovative Training Technology, and a Nutrition Bar.
The two basketball courts feature 4 LED scoreboards that are iPad controlled, and also display broadcast TV, player highlights, and uploaded content. There are several Bluetooth connections and plug ins for audio and video, and the courts are wired for overhead sound. There is retractable seating for 400+, and a U-shaped viewing balcony overlooks the courts.
The building as a whole features a control interface that allows every piece of technology to be operated and controlled on any device including phones, iPads and laptops.
Gensler served as the architect on the project, while Henderson Engineers handled the mechanical and electrical, National Technology Associates oversaw the Audio/Visual, Duray handled food service, and Schindler was tasked with vertical transportation. Burke Construction was the general contractor on the project.