Mohegan INSPIRE Entertainment Resort announced earlier this month it expects to unveil Korea’s “first multi-purpose arena” in the fourth quarter of 2023. The facility has been described as “built to enhance production qualities and event-viewing experience,” and will be part of Mohegan INSPIRE, a project set to become “the largest integrated resort in Northeast Asia.”
As Mohegan INSPIRE’s centerpiece entertainment facility, the Arena is getting attention as Korea’s first state-of-the-art, 15,000-seat performance hall, says the firm. The space is expected to support various genres of live events, ranging from K-pop concerts to festivals, touring family shows and major sports tournaments with optimal acoustics, high-grade comfortable seating and private VIP suites.
Ray Pineault, CEO and President of Mohegan, said: “Given the strong demand for K-pop and other live performances, Korea’s performing art industry has long been facing a shortage of high-quality that can support shows of top-tier artists from home and abroad, and various cultural events.”
“This perhaps explains the expectations building around the Mohegan INSPIRE Arena far ahead of its construction completion. This new venue is poised to emerge as Korea’s first multi-purpose arena that can showcase various types of events,” he added, referring to eSports, MMA, TV award shows and media IP-based exhibitions.
Coupled with a “differentiated production infrastructure,” the Mohegan INSPIRE Arena is set “to transform the entire landscape” of the domestic performance arts industry, claims the developer.
Mohegan INSPIRE Arena will be equipped with a full-stage monitor and video wall lighting to offer an optimal view from any seat, along with a HDx4K live broadcasting system.
A core strength of the Arena lies in its highly efficient stage system that allows standard-specification stages to be installed or dismantled within just two hours. This means that the venue can put on a K-pop concert today followed by a global artist’s show tomorrow, enabling many different events to be held efficiently, explains the company.
INSPIRE’s arena also includes exclusive skybox suites on the 3rd and 4th floor of the venue with panoramic views of the stage, premium quality food & beverage and private entryway into the arena, catering to both groups and individual patrons.
Mohegan has also announced it intends to attract over 4 million guests per year to its INSPIRE arena with the help of opening the first specialized performance hall in Korea. The facility is expected to provide INSPIRE with a competitive edge in the broader performance arts and culture industry through its infrastructure and exceptional programming, said the firm.
Michael Jensen, Chief Marketing Officer of Mohegan INSPIRE, commented: “We are pleased to present Mohegan INSPIRE Arena, a multi-purpose performance hall that never existed in Korea before.”
“We will strive to promote various aspects of K-culture from K-pop to K-lifestyle events to esports competitions. Through INSPIRE Arena, we shall promote the resurgence of the domestic performance culture industry and tourism industry of Korea, as well as provide lifetime memories to visitors and artists from Korea and the world,” Jensen added.
Soon to be the largest integrated resort in Northeast Asia, Mohegan INSPIRE’s construction is on track now with the aim to open in the fourth quarter of next year. Once it opens, Mohegan promises the property will catapult Yeongjong Island to “a status of a new entertainment mecca” featuring business and leisure facilities including three 5-star hotels, a large-scale ARENA, a foreigner-only casino, a large convention center, an indoor water park and an outdoor family park.