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I am very excited that Las Vegas will be getting a team in the near future however what about the AHL? With the Pacific division created last year with the Gulls, Reign, Barracudas etc. I think placing a Las Vegas new AHL team in Riverside, CA would be the smartest and best move Bill Foley could do. The City of Riverside has over 300,000 in population with over 2 million people in a 20 mile radius. Riverside is home to three universities and one community college with over 50,000 students. Riverside is centrally located with 4 major freeways in the indland empire as well as having its own airport. Making travel to Las Vegas, San Diego, Ontario, Bakersfield and San Jose easily. The city is looking at building a new sports arena downtown next to its newly renovated conversation center. The arena would be in the heart of Riverside next to 5 hotels, 2 are in the process of being built with another planned right next to the arena potentially connected. What better location than to put a team right in the middle of two big time rivals, Kings and Duck as well as their AHL teams Reign and Gulls. Sell out crowds in an extremely competitive league would give Vegas a jump start in developing its minor league team. Not to mention they would fall right in line with the rest of the Pacific division keeping the minor league teams only hours away from the NHL. Can someone please reach out to Bill Foley or anyone who could look into this opportunity? I’m just one person who loves hockey and I think this is a win win for both Vegas and Riverside.
We’ve got an article in the works on this. You are certainly on to some great points, and I think you’ll enjoy what we’ve learned from the Creator regarding minor league affiliates.
Here is an old article with regards to the potential site near the convention center. However, more recently the feasible study has been near completed by @BrianHConnolly with Victus Advisors out of Utah. The city contracted with them to finish the feasible study. Once again, I am just one person trying to get in touch with the right people to see this great opportunity come to life. I know the City of Riverside would be willing to give the land away for free but needs a private party or either apply for bonds to build the arena. It seems to me that their are so many options with naming rights, potential sponsors and local schools that would want to jump on board to make this happen. If you have any further questions or if I can help in any way to assist in getting an article written please let me know.
This is the first time I have viewed these proposed names, none seem to relate to the game of hockey, or aspects of the game like speed, tenacity, or the physical aspects. Neither do they seem to flow with Las Vegas, or identify with this city. Well maybe the Neons, although that might be better for an indoor soccer team. When you think faster, sharper, and better than Neon, you go to “Lasers”. This would create an excitement, an attraction, and an endless promotional angle. I vote for the “Las Vegas Lasers”. It has a great flow, and it reflects one of the most admirable aspects of the game, speed.
Riverside best place for new ahl!
I got the name! As soon as I heard it …I knew it would be right!
The Las Vegas Horsemen
God I hope it doesent have Knights or Nights in it.
I saw today that the name Desert Knights might be one of the options Mr. Foley is looking at. I noticed you haven’t put out an article about it yet. Is that because you don’t think it’s credible? Or are you just burned out with the name speculation? Can’t blame you if it’s the latter, but I really hope it’s not Desert Knights. All of a sudden Silver Knights doesn’t seem so bad…
Whats happening with ahl affiliate?.Any updates?.
Nothing yet, they are still working through it. All signs point to Chicago Wolves though. I’d expect it sometime in the next few weeks. ECHL… no clue.
Ya I agree. If I were a betting man I would go all in on Chicago for the first few years. Then if I get my way the would come down to Riverside, CA. In my opinion it’s the best location for a pacific division AHL team. Riverside is booming with downtown construction and infrastructure is already in place.
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