6-22-2016-NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced today that Las Vegas has been awarded the 31st professional team in the NHL. This is the eighth time the NHL has expanded its list of teams. 15 teams will now be on the west coast and 16 will be on the east coast. Las Vegas Hockey just became a reality today!
Las Vegas resident and business owner Bill Foley is the man behind the idea to bring a professional sports team to the Las Vegas Valley. Over 14,000 season ticket deposits have already been received by Foley’s organization. Today’s announcement will just add more local and regional interests into this Las Vegas NHL team.
The new team does not yet have an official name to it. It will also have to build a $17 million dollar training facility/training arena located in Summerlin near the intersection of the 215 Beltway and Far Hills Drive. Final approval of the training facility in Summerlin should now go through pretty easily since today’s official NHL announcement. The 105,000 square foot building will attract locals and new team players to the Summerlin area.
The facility would have two NHL-sized rinks with a capacity of 600 seats for each rink. There also will be a 20,000-square-foot locker room and training facility for the team, along with team offices, a pro shop, concessions and smaller locker rooms to accommodate youth and high school hockey games and tournaments.
This is a huge boost to The Las Vegas Valley! The first professional sports team to be located in Las Vegas. Las Vegas Hockey will drive our economy in new ways that were never possible. With this first professional sports team, this may open the door for The Oakland Raiders to move their team to Las Vegas and much more! Will the Summerlin AAA baseball stadium get a boost of confidence now that Las Vegas has an NHL team?
Check out The Las Vegas Review Journal story here about the practice arena: http://www.reviewjournal.com/sports/hockey-vegas/bill-foley-announces-tentative-plans-practice-facility-while-awaiting-nhl
Las Vegas has waited a very long time for professional sports. With a growing population of over 2 million people, Las Vegas is starting to prove itself as a survivor. With the housing market crash finally behind us, the Las Vegas Valley Real Estate market has shown that it is stronger than ever. The future of this once small town seems be secure in it’s future.
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Will the NHL, MLS or even the NBA take notice? We may find out sooner rather than later. Now is the perfect time to place your bets on Las Vegas as a strong vibrant city of the future. Las Vegas NHL and Las Vegas Hockey are now a reality for the residents of this growing city. I am glad I call Las Vegas my home! If you have any questions about Las Vegas, Las Vegas Real Estate or more, you can always email me directly at: email@example.com or call me directly at: 702-768-2552.