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Las Vegas talking new 20,000 seat arena for NHL or NBA

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The Las Vegas Arena Foundation (LVAF) is proposing a 20,000-seat indoor arena to be built on the Strip on land owned by Caesars Entertainment behind Imperial Palace. The facility would be suitable for an NBA or NHL franchise, as well as other events such as concerts or the National Finals Rodeo, which has been at the Thomas & Mack Center since 1985. The LVAF is planning to fund the $500 million project by implementing a 0.9 percent sales tax for specified businesses within a three-mile radius of the proposed location.
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Hey thanks Van Can for this. I like the topics you put up.

Is this the Yotes destination perhaps? :shock:

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Bettman's wet dream.

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I thought major sports leagues do not want to have a team in Vegas. Reason being is that Leagues do not want to have a team so close to a gambling hub like Vegas.

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I think it could be good. Exciting addition for the city.

The 'las Vegas dream' would be a cool name.

Or the millionaires.

:bigblush:

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If the CFL can not survive in Las Vegas, how can the NHL survive? ::D

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I missed the memo that stated Vegas was a hockey hot bed. A population of just under 600 000 in the desert where people fly in to go to brothels is much better then putting a team in Hamilton (POP just over 500 000) where they had to stop selling season tickets so Joe public would have a chance to watch a game. But I forgot, Vegas is the 31st largest market in the US where nobody watches TV. As usual, for Bettmen to even consider this show's he is the biggest dink to ever be invovled in hockey.

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Here is my thoughts. If it gives the Yotes a stable market I am all for it. Besides they still would be the Desert Dogs. At least we wouldn't have to deal with all these ownership issues.

There is an added bonus.

The owner can take the payroll down to the casino and try to DOUBLE it.

If he loses it all , then they can go beg the NHL which is the same as Phoenix is doing now.

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God I really hope this doesn't happen.

That team would have no genuine fan base, it would be nearly all suits and tourists filling the arena.

There are much more deserving cities.

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I think Quebec should be next .They have a small population base but they are awesome fans. :towel:

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Quebec sound fine to me. But in real life, the spot will probably go to either Seattle or Portland.

The first thing about a team out there in Vegas, lets say the Las Vegas Dollars; is that they will have zero regular fans and a dead quiet house compared to other teams in the league. And probably a lot of empty seats . That's the minus.

The upside could be that the financial troubles the Yotes have had, might very well be history. And ticket prices could be sky-high come playoff time and everyone would still come to watch some relaxing hockey - A team filled with overpaid veterans that have come to chill out and wait for their retirement days... witch is negative again.

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The have small potatoes hockey team there.

Last time that i was down in vvegas i was talking to a cab driver about them. He said they have a promotional night where the people selling beer and popcorn in the stands are strippers.

1st period - clothed

2nd period - bra panties

3rd period - topless and g-string

now THAT is incentive to stay for the whole game...at the nhl level though....that could pose a problem for TV i would think.

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clearly most of the tickets will be bought by the casino's and given to guest as comps. I really can't see a lot of people (guest) showing up for these games but they would have ticket revenue but the other hockey related revenue would be next to nothing.

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Vegas can easily support a NBA/NHL/NFL team (s)

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The last 3 times I've been to Vegas half the people I meet are Canadian. Makes sense to me

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I moved to Vegas a year and a half ago, so I know what it's like to be a local. First off, can Vegas support an NHL team? Yes I believe they can. It's true casino's will have a major chunk of tickets to give as comps, but it's not much different from us where our lower bowl is filled with business people.

The Las Vegas Wranglers who play in the ECHL have a pretty loyal fanbase and although they don't "sell out" they still do a pretty good job in filling the arena.

Also, the UNLV Roller Hockey team came 2nd in the Div. 1 National Collegiate Championships this year. So yea there's people that know hockey in Vegas.

I definitely think an NHL team can survive in the desert, whether it can thrive in a major tourist city like that is another question though.

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I moved to Vegas a year and a half ago, so I know what it's like to be a local. First off, can Vegas support an NHL team? Yes I believe they can. It's true casino's will have a major chunk of tickets to give as comps, but it's not much different from us where our lower bowl is filled with business people.

The Las Vegas Wranglers who play in the ECHL have a pretty loyal fanbase and although they don't "sell out" they still do a pretty good job in filling the arena.

Also, the UNLV Roller Hockey team came 2nd in the Div. 1 National Collegiate Championships this year. So yea there's people that know hockey in Vegas.

I definitely think an NHL team can survive in the desert, whether it can thrive in a major tourist city like that is another question though.

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Sorry but if you can't even sell out ECHL games, how are they expected to sell out for NHL games? The Orleans Arena in Vegas holds 7800 or so for hockey. The team has won the ECHL title, is listed as the "best sports team in Las Vegas" 3 times. Despite this the team averages 4,399 per game as per the ECHL site. That's probably good compared to say Phoenix.

If they build an arena in Vegas you know the NBA will be there first. Let the NBA have Vegas. I want a hockey market to have a team in the NHL. This joke of ownership issues in Phoenix is just sad.

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