NHL to Las Vegas “Done Deal”

Fireworks explode over T-Mobile Arena during the venue’s grand opening celebration on the Las Vegas Strip on April 6, 2016. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for MGM Resorts International)

By:Mike Grinnell

For years now a major topic of conversation has been “Can the sin city house a professional sports team” well it looks as though the NHL will be the first major professional sports league to answer that question.

The Bleacher Report’s Adrian Dater reported Wednesday morning that his sources have told him the NHL  coming to Las Vegas is a “Done Deal” for the 2017-18 season.

Dater’s report coming just days after TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported that the Board of Governors will discuss the potential of an expansion team moving to Las Vegas at their meeting – in Las Vegas – on June 22.

While in years past expansion teams have struggled to have success, Bill Daly and the NHL apparently made some rule changes so this will not be the case.

 

 

Daly who serves the role as the Deputy Commissioner of the National Hockey League, described some of the changes – including no longer would an expansion team have to expose an agreed-upon minimum amount of salary.

 

 

 

The Las Vegas hockey team would most likely set up shop at the new T-Mobile Arena which opened April 6th, 2016.

The $375 million venue can hold 17,500 fans and will host two exhibition NHL games in October between the Los Angeles Kings and the Dallas Stars on October 7th and the following night between the Kings and the Colorado Avalanche.

“It’s an honor to be the first game in the new arena,” said Kings Vice President and Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille told Review Journal.com  . “We are looking forward to continuing our relationship with Las Vegas and the fans there. And for our fans, it will be exciting to have a new place for our annual visit to Vegas.”

Will heat be a problem in the new rink?

Dan Quinn – General Manager of the T-Mobile Arena – told Review Journal “the city’s normal low humidity and the arena’s air conditioning

T-Mobile Arena is shown in this aerial photo Tuesday, March 14, 2016. The $375 million venue opens Wednesday, April 6, 2016, with a concert featuring the Killers. (Tom Donoghue/Special to the Las Vegas Review-Journal)

T-Mobile Arena is shown in this aerial photo Tuesday, March 14, 2016. The $375 million venue opens Wednesday, April 6, 2016, with a concert featuring the Killers. (Tom Donoghue/Special to the Las Vegas Review-Journal)

system, deteriorating ice shouldn’t be an issue. He said once the arena knows it has an NHL team as a tenant, an ice staff will be hired to oversee the maintenance of the playing surface as well as get a couple of Zamboni drivers.”

Located on the Las Vegas Strip, surrounded by lavish casinos and resorts, T Mobile Arena is expected to be a hot spot for tourist visiting the city of sin. Which brings up the question, will an NHL Franchise in Las Vegas be able to attract a loyal fan base? Or would the stadium be filled with fans of the visiting team, visiting the city, or just tourists who are on vacation?

But if the stadium is filled every night, does it really matter? If it means more money in the owners pockets I’m sure they could care less.

 

Until then, it’s a waiting game.

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  1. QUEBEC CITY OR GTFO

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