A one-of-a-kind event center is now open downtown. It’s a special space — to ride high.

It’s called the Core Arena, and it’s right outside the Plaza Hotel. It’s bringing the western legacy back to Las Vegas.

“Vegas is a western town, and it’s good to see this kind of put back here in the heart of it,” said Matt Shiozawa, professional rodeo cowboy.

It’s country at it’s core. The Core Arena at the Plaza Hotel is the first and only permanent outdoor equestrian center in downtown Las Vegas.

Shiozawa is a professional cowboy and in town for the 2018 National Finals Rodeo. The competition is taking place at the Thomas and Mack Center.

But Shiozowa says having a practice and stable space like the Core is long overdue.

“I like the fact that we can still have that experience down here, everything that downtown brings, and I can have my equipment and my horses and everything, and just be steps away from my room here at the Plaza.”

“Where else in Las Vegas can you kiss your horse goodnight and then go inside and gamble and have dinner,” said Jonathan Jossel, ceo, Plaza Las Vegas.

He says this venue will help usher in a new era for the historic hotel and casino.

 “It’s iconic, it’s great, we’re always trying different things, and this is just another piece that we’re working on to bring more excitement to the Plaza and in downtown in general.”

City leaders agree.

“New and exciting, that’s living in Las Vegas,” said Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman. “We are about excitement and change and growth and doing things that make our place unique.”

And the Core Arena isn’t just for the professionals. It’ll have a wide variety of events throughout the year, for both locals and tourists to enjoy. 

“I think for tourists, it’s just giving them another option, a place where they can bring their horse to town. and for locals, it’s a good place to come out, hang out, check out the different events,” Jossel said.

Those include amateur activities and kid competitions.

“I’m really impressed,” Shiozawa said.

Saddling up in an event space for everyone.

The Plaza says they hope the Core Arena will also attract more business to downtown Las Vegas.
Future events there are already in the works.