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MGM Finalizes Pay-For-Park System, It’s Bad, But Not That Bad

Well, we knew it was coming, and now it’s here. MGM officially unveiled their new pay-for-parking system and while Las Vegas locals are safe for now, in a few months we’ll become chopped liver just like the everyone else.

When T-Mobile Arena was nearing its completion rumors began swirling that all MGM properties would indeed begin charging for parking in their garages. However, the terminology used was always “for overnight parking.” It turns out, that wasn’t really the case and our nightmare of having to pay even while going out for dinner has been realized.

Starting on December 29th, 2016 for locals and June 6th, 2016 for out-of-towners, MGM’s going to start taking our money before we ever even make it in to the casino. (Well, technically you pay on the way out, but you get my point)

MGM Paid Parking

$5 to visit the casino for up to four hours isn’t terrible, but I can tell you right now, I won’t be the only one parking at a Caesars, Wynn, or Sands property to circumvent the fee.

There are some stipulations for all you high rollers out there. If you reach Pearl status (25,000 tier credits) self parking is free, while if you reach Gold status or higher (75,000 tier credits) you can valet for free.

Event nights at T-Mobile Arena are going to stay the same as they have through the first month of the arena’s existence. You’ll have to pre-pay to park at New York New York or Monte Carlo, while the rest of the surrounding hotels will use their standard system (expect this to change at some point).

As far as this relates to hockey, it’s not the absolute worst scenario, as $10 pre-paid parking directly next to the arena, or $4-$8 across the street is not terrible, but it’s still hard to grasp the idea of paying for parking here in Las Vegas.  I’d expect a slight discount for season ticket holders who pre-pay the entire season as well.

We’ll be constantly on the lookout for ways to circumvent parking fees, especially on game nights. So far, here’s what we’ve got. (This will be updated when we have new methods)

  • Park at at a competing property. (Closest options are Tropicana, Planet Hollywood, and the Cosmopolitan)
  • Drive a 2 wheeled vehicle. Motorcycles, mopeds, and bicycles are exempt from the new parking fees.

If you have other ideas for us, let us know in the comments or email them to ken@sinbin.vegas.

T-Mobile Arena’s “NHL Locker Room”

As if you needed a little more proof the powers that be believe the NHL is expanding to Las Vegas, check this out.

But, maybe it’s for Frozen Fury. Shut up!

It’s clear MGM and AEG believe the NHL is coming to Vegas, and soon. They’ve held off the paint in the locker rooms, they’ve purposely not booked the arena from September 2017-June 2018, and they’ve got a Zamboni Room, a skates and sticks room and now NHL locker rooms. (And also, you are now caught up on everything we know about hockey and T-Mobile Arena)

Oh yeah, and don’t forget, T-Mobile Arena also had a pretty significant visitor over the weekend for the big fight.

If the saying goes, “where there’s smoke there’s probably fire,” then there’s a mushroom cloud in between New York New York and Monte Carlo, and it’s just a matter of time Gary Bettman tells us it is indeed a fire. (I love that picture by the way)

MGM Purposely Not Booking T-Mobile Arena To Stay NHL Ready

The new T-Mobile Arena on the Strip is the current desired venue for every big act coming through Las Vegas and will be for a long time.

We’ve seen Guns N’ Roses, The Killers, and Billy Joel already and Garth Brooks, Coldplay, Drake, UFC 200 and many more are all booked in 2016. But the staff in charge of getting the biggest acts in Vegas into the new arena have been given some interesting information directly pertaining to the NHL.

“We don’t want to impact the potential of having a team,” says Daniel Rush, VP of global sports and event sales for MGM. A handful of corporations have booked the venue for meetings, but MGM is aiming to keep October through June—the NHL season duration—as free as possible. -Matt Swenson, ConnectSports.com

As a hockey fan this has to be music to your ears. MGM is so convinced the NHL will eventually award Las Vegas a team that they are unwilling to bring in major events and jeopardize the hockey schedule.

The NHL has to work around prior engagements in arenas across the country all the time, but they have to be very pleased with Las Vegas that even without a team (yet) the arena is being held to accommodate anything the schedule makers would like to do.

The I’s are dotted, the T’s are crossed, it’s just a matter of Gary Bettman and the league to finally give it the green light.

Visitor Locker Rooms So Nice Away Team Will Struggle

The psychology behind the set up of the away locker room is one that’s been debated in every sport for a long long time.

From the University of Iowa painting it pink to “have a calming effect” to Wrigley Field’s locker room that’s one fifth the size of a normal locker room to the visitor’s locker room at the new Levi’s Stadium in San Fran being described as “mundane,” everyone’s always trying to gain an edge by where they house their opponents.

Well, The Creator and his team are going at it a bit differently.

The size of T-Mobile Arena’s dressing room facilities for the road team will impress visiting players. In NHL arenas, home teams invariably have a spacious setup that includes everything from the actual dressing room to player lounges and workout rooms. In many venues, however, road locker rooms aren’t much fancier than what you see at a (nice) municipal skating rink. At T-Mobile Arena, the visiting accommodations will rival the setup many home teams currently enjoy. –Dan Marrazza, ESPN.com

Seems a bit curious at first thought, but the tactic has been used before, and successfully.

In the book, “How To Bake an NHL Franchise From Scratch,” Tom Lynn mentioned Doug Risebrough specifically changed the plans to make the away locker room larger.

Doug had planned out where every aspect of the team would exist, from the hot tubs to the toilets to the doors on the coaches’ offices. He changed the original plan to to make the main dressing room for the players smaller – more of a team atmosphere, he said — better if the players had to look each other in the eyes, rather than being far apart. He did the exact opposite for the visiting locker room, to minimize collegiality. – Tom Lynn

**The book is excellent. Highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys the expansion process**

42 of the Wild’s 68 points came at home that season, so maybe it helped a little bit.

Either way, it appears the away locker room at T-Mobile Arena will follow the same principals, looking “to minimize collegiality.

Whether or not it works here, only time will tell. But I can tell you this, if it doesn’t, don’t be surprised if The Creator demands it be shrunk immediately.

LVWantsHockey Releases First Practice Facility Renderings

The practice facility planned for Far Hills and the 215 has a face for the first time ever. Here are the pictures from the official Twitter account of the team.

The facility was originally planned to sit on Clark County land on Durango near the 215, but a better deal popped up through the city and now the location in Summerlin will get the go ahead.

The Creator expects the facility to be fully operational in 18 months, so the team will be able to practice there about half-way through the inaugural season.

You may be asking, how are they building a practice facility without a team? We have some interesting background on that courtesy of The Creator himself. He asked Gary Bettman directly if they should get going with a practice facility and the league responded by saying, “it’s your risk capital.”

Reading in between the lines, any answer other than “no” essentially gives the go ahead, and that’s exactly what happened.

The facility is moving along the planning stages quickly, and will likely break ground moments after the announcement. But it still should be mentioned, if there’s no team, there’s no facility.

A Look Inside The NHL Locker Rooms At T-Mobile Arena

One of The Creator’s favorite parts of T-Mobile Arena is the home team locker rooms. He has very specific ideas for many different aspects, and everybody’s favorite Maathuis, Chris Maathuis, from Channel 8-Las Vegas Now, had a chance to take a tour of the locker room with the man himself.

The detailed thought The Creator and his team has put into locker room is amazing. From the location of the showers to the logo on the ceiling that projects onto the ground, they’ve really covered it all.

It’s quite telling how confident not only The Creator, but also the operators of T-Mobile Arena, MGM/AEG, are by how much work has been put to the side awaiting word from the NHL. The rest of the arena is not only completely finished, but they’ve had four events in it already. Yet, the home of the hockey team looks like the arena did when I went into it weeks before it opened.

Of course, we are still awaiting those magical words to come out of the commissioners mouth, and until they do, we’ll have to keep getting our kicks from videos of what’s to come.

Frozen Fury Back For 2016 At T-Mobile Arena

The Kings now have not one, but two preseason games scheduled at T-Mobile Arena. Rumors were pretty strong that Frozen Fury 2015 would be the final in the series, but the Kings have confirmed they are once again returning for their yearly classic here in Vegas.

They will be moving across the street from MGM Grand and will officially serve as the first hockey game in venue history.

The atmosphere at Frozen Fury is always one of the highlights of our exhibition game schedule and we believe we can take this to a ‘next level’ in this new environment. Our fans will be excited that there will be two games this season, our 50th Anniversary, and we know they — along with our players — are going to love this new state-of-the-art arena. -Luc Robitaille, President of Business Operations

Frozen Fury will take place on October 7th when the Kings play the Stars and the second exhibition game will be the following night with Colorado coming to Vegas to take LA.

I was asked if this had any impact on the expansion process and the decision making and in my personal opinion I don’t think it figures in the decision one way or another. Seems to me to be more of a deal between the Kings and MGM/AEG with the NHL simply signing off on it.

What happens to the future of Frozen Fury when our own team plays home exhibition games at T-Mobile Arena? That’s a different story.

T-Mobile Arena Grand Opening: Pictures, Observations, Videos, Killers

Right away, all I could think was the T-Mobile Arena was built for the NHL. In particular the Toshiba Plaza as you walk into the park. I was visualizing Las Vegas jerseys instead of Killer T-shirts, TV pregame anchors previewing the game, and stadium hawkers selling game programs. It’s a perfect place to meet before games, eat some street meat, and buy a souvenir. The Toshiba Plaza reminded me of the Staples Center plaza; it was built for fan interaction with the TV broadcast, as well as a place for fans to rally before and after games. It’s really becoming obvious… Stick rooms, quotes from The Creator, the NHL ready arena. We’re not idiots here.

Another great feature was the amount of space inside the arena. NHL arenas across the country are jam-packed with little room to move around. Intermission traffic can be tough to navigate for fans going to the bathroom or getting snacks. These problems won’t occur at the T-Mobile Arena. The arena’s concourse was wide and luxurious, like Kramer painting over highway lane dividers. It was a two-lane comfort cruise. I’m guaranteeing fans will have time to go to the bathroom, grab a soda and nachos, call the wife, grab more nachos, and sit back down with 10:00 minutes left on the Intermission clock. If for some reason it takes longer, don’t worry. The smarty-pants developers opened up the concourse so fans won’t miss any action while in line. Perfect for a sold out NHL game.

But enough with the words, lets get to the pictures and observations.

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Parking/Traffic Not An Issue Whatsoever At T-Mobile Arena

Remember the nightmare we thought traffic and parking would be at the arena tucked way back in between New York New York and Monte Carlo? Yeah, you can wake up now, cause the nightmare is over.

Parking was a piece of cake directly in front of the venue (NYNY, Monte Carlo), down the street either way (Luxor, Excalibur, Aria), and across the street (MGM Grand, Tropicana). And even more impressively, there was almost no traffic at all after the event. Like literally, none. I pulled up the map, and couldn’t find a single stretch of “red” traffic anywhere within five miles of the Strip.

I parked at MGM Grand, sat in the upper deck, left the arena with the crowd when the show ended, and it took me less than 30 minutes to get from my seat to my car and out of the garage.

Jason parked at Aria and had a similar situation.

It took me about five minutes to reach the Toshiba Plaza. After the concert, I pulled out the parking lot with little traffic. I drove west on Harmon, and after passing the Cosmo I was clear. From there I head up Trop, and was home in fifteen minutes. -Jason Pothier, SinBin.vegas

But wait, there’s more.

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T-Mobile Arena Doesn’t Need A Team, But They Expect One

Tomorrow officially marks the opening of Las Vegas’ first new arena in 20 years. MGM and AEG, the financial backers behind the state of the art $350 million cathedral, have since day one claimed an NHL franchise is not necessary for the building to be profitable.

The financial model works either way. -Dan Beckman, AEG Chief Executive

However, during the opening week media tour there’s a certain underlying expectation MGM and AEG officials can’t seem to temper.

We are ready, and the venue is ready, in every aspect. We are super-optimistic and hopeful that the owners and the league want to do this. We just need to wait until the timing is right for them. -Mark Prows, MGM VP of Arenas

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