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Winnipeg Jets Complimentary Of Golden Knights And T-Mobile Arena

These people are why Vegas is so good at home. These exact people. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

The Winnipeg Jets came into Las Vegas having earned a point in each of their previous eight games. That stretch ended abruptly when they faced a team on a streak of their own. After last night’s 5-2 Golden Knights victory, Vegas has now won six straight games at T-Mobile Arena, something the Jets were aware of coming in.

They were everything that we expected. Our preparation before the game showed that hockey team. You know I said how once you get out there, we just couldn’t get out of our zone. –Blake Wheeler, Jets Captain

The Captain didn’t seem upset or frustrated, if anything, he was more impressed with the team he faced.

I think just the way they play, their forecheck is really tough to break. They are great at getting above the puck. There just wasn’t a whole lot of space to make plays. You have got to give them a lot of credit, we made a lot of mistakes that cost us, gave them a little bit too much space. They really capitalize on their looks and you have to give them credit. They played a good hockey game tonight. -Wheeler

Wheeler expected a strong effort from Vegas but wasn’t stunned by the loss. Looking forward, expect Winnipeg to be even more prepared for the Golden Knights.

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Golden Knights Believe Winning At Home Has A Lot To Do With The Crowd

(Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

You guys watched the game tonight, look at the fans, they are awesome. It’s going to turn into like last year’s playoffs in Nashville, those fans were crazy and we have the potential to be just as good if not better. -Alex Tuch

High praise, but for a team that’s now 6-1 in a building they’ve called home for less than three weeks, it’s probably warranted.

Home-ice advantage isn’t something every team in the NHL has. In fact, every year about six to 10 teams have a losing record at home. With the Golden Knights spending most of their time at their posh new practice facility in Summerlin, it was almost to be expected that it would take a bit of time for things to feel like home at T-Mobile Arena. Throw in the masses of fans who were coming from Detroit, Buffalo, St. Louis, and Chicago and a case could have been made that the Golden Knights would never have felt at home. Through one homestand, that couldn’t be further from the case.

Obviously, we have a great supporting cast here and every night’s been great, the atmosphere is great. The fans are very supportive, and yeah it helps it’s kind of that extra man on the ice. -Erik Haula

When you score a goal and the crowd jumps in or if you get scored on and the crowd tries to pick you back up with a “Go Knights Go” chant, it helps a lot. -Tuch

It might be the “Vegas Flu” opposing teams are catching (we’ve got an article coming on that too) but even if that’s the case, Golden Knights fans have made an impact on their new team, and the team has responded.

Everything about the energy from the crowd, from the way we’ve been responding to that energy too. -David Perron

I hear a lot of cheering. It’s nonstop. The atmosphere is like a playoff game. I was fortunate enough to be the assistant coach in Montreal for a couple of years when we were in the playoffs. Every game here seems like a playoff game. The atmosphere is unbelievable for our team. -Gerard Gallant

There were a lot of reasons many believe Vegas would be good at home, but not many of them involved a rabid hockey-crazed fan base that can’t get enough. Las Vegas has that, and pretty much every person reading this has been a part of it. Pat yourself on the backs people, part of this start is because of you.

Golden Knights Home Opener At T-Mobile Arena – October 10th, 2017

This post will be updated throughout the day as we cover what is sure to be one of the most historic nights in professional sports history. The Vegas Golden Knights will play the Arizona Coyotes in front of a sold-out crowd at T-Mobile Arena. Prior to the game the organization will honor the victims, families, and first responders of last weekend’s tragedy before playing the first major professional sports game as the home team for Las Vegas.

We will be covering everything that goes on throughout the day including the Gold Carpet, the March to the Arena, the pre-game ceremonies, the game, postgame interviews, and then head over to Bailiwick at The Orleans for the official SinBin.vegas after party.

Click through and continue to reload for pictures, videos, quotes, tweets, and so much more from this unbelievable night.

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Expansion Team, Not Expansion Crowd

Early in the third period with the score is tied, the Golden Knights quickly reset the play after the puck was dumped out of the zone. They caught the Kings on a line change and the puck sat right in front of the Los Angeles bench. Players were jumping on and off the ice and a King going off touched the puck as he attempted to get off the ice. It was a rather clear “too many men” penalty, but it went uncalled.

It’s a preseason game, and the play was completely unaffected, but the T-Mobile Arena crowd was not ready to let it go unnoticed, and while they were screaming at the refs, they were also sending a message to the hockey world, this may be a new team to hockey, but these are not new fans.

Multiple Oscar-worthy performances from this guy last night. Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

Throughout the entire game, there were noticeable cheers or groans at points of a hockey game where only diehard hockey fans would know to cheer. I’m talking moments like a questionable hybrid icing call, an excellent keep in the zone right on top of the blue line, a pass through the slot that was just too late, or a 2017 preseason slash that had T-Mobile Arena screaming curse words before the ref made the announcement.

There were 17,101 fans announced at the first preseason home game in Golden Knights history, and while the expectation was for a slightly baffled crowd waiting for moments like goals, fights, and big hits, the Vegas crowd delivered just the opposite.

The city’s buzzing for the team right now, and it’s a lot of fun to be here, but you never expect to have a sold-out crowd for the preseason and it was pretty close to that tonight. We fed off the energy and that’s what we’re gonna need all year. -Calvin Pickard

Look! Real hockey fans. (Photo Credit: SinBin.vegas Photographer Brandon Andreasen)

It was a hockey crowd and an educated one at that. Hockey is an easy game to understand on the surface, but with the speed of play and the nuances in the rules, it takes some time to really understand how to cheer for a game. In many past expansion arena, they would explain rules, make ridiculous announcements, and really go above and beyond to “teach the game.” None of that nonsense was necessary at T-Mobile Arena last night.

It’s only one game, and a preseason game at that, but if last night was any indication, Vegas already knows the game.

Vegas Golden Knights Vs. Los Angeles Kings Preseason Photo Gallery

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24 Hour Open House At T-Mobile Arena: Pictures and Observations

The Golden Knights have opened up their home as part of a 24-hour open house at T-Mobile Arena from 8AM this morning to 8AM tomorrow. I wrote this post last week explaining the whole thing, and I don’t really feel like explaining it again, so instead here’s a bunch of pictures and my thoughts on the event.

Observations

  • Early returns on attendance have been pretty strong. For the first few hours there’s been somewhere between 500-1000 people in the building at any point and there’s been a steady line the entire time at the “ticket information” table.
  • The ice is NOT laid despite what my friend from Channel 8 thinks who told me he expected the ice to be much more white. #NailedIt
  • They have a blow-up castle type thing to shoot pucks in, cornhole/beanbag games decked out with Golden Knights logos, both goals are in place, they have VGK Jenga (seriously, there’s a picture below), and the head equipment manager has sticks, helmets, and pads to try on.
  • There are white pieces of paper on seats throughout the arena which have information on season tickets for that seat. By rough count, there are probably about 100 of those.
  • Split season ticket information is available for the first time on 11-game and 22-game packages. The price list is in a picture below.
  • They weren’t kidding, they are literally giving away two seats to the home opener once an hour. You do not have to be present to win.
  • A very loud gong is hit every time someone purchases tickets.
  • Behind The Vegas Ice episodes are being played on the jumbotron. You better believe I filmed “the scene” on the big screen.
  • Attendance picked up significantly through the early night. I’m guessing about 1500 or so as a max in the building at one time.
  • They turned on the Blackhawks/Wild game on the big screen, with sound. I also heard that Duluth Trading Company underwear commercial about eight times on the T-Mobile sound system. Lucky them.
  • I was in the arena all the way from about 10PM until 4AM. There were people on the floor playing the games throughout the entire time. Most were recently off the late shift at the casinos or restaurants. However there were a bundle of people who were here earlier in the day and came back cause they thought it would be fun.
  • Multiple tickets were sold between the hours of midnight and 5AM.
  • I’m not going to make it the whole 24 hours. I arrived at 7AM on Tuesday and I will be leaving the arena at 6:30 AM on Wednesday. 23 and half ain’t too bad.
  • All in all, this should be viewed as a highly successful event, and I’ll have much more on it tomorrow about what we learned. At least 8,000 people were through the building during the 24 hours and the final number is likely to be pushing 9,000. Pretty darn good to come in and see a building that’s been open for 10 months.

Pictures

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24 Hour T-Mobile Arena Open House On February 21

In an effort to launch the 11-game and 22-game season ticket packages the Vegas Golden Knights are opening up T-Mobile Arena for a 24 hour extravaganza.

The event is free, open to the public, and begins at 8:00 AM on Tuesday, February 21st.

During the open house, current season ticket members and prospective season ticket members are welcome to view the arena from their respective seats, tour the facility and participate in a variety of interactive programming. -Press Release

The biggest news here though is that the team is giving away a pair of tickets every hour to the home opener.

Plus there will be team staff on hand throughout the entire 24-hour period talking hockey with fans.

Hockey Operations personnel including Senior Vice President Murray Craven, Hockey Operations Assistant Keith Veronesi and other members of the Golden Knights staff will lead educational hockey discussions/demonstrations throughout the 24 hours, and fun interactives for fans of all ages will be set up on the arena floor including a shooting cage, street hockey and more. -Press Release

CBS Radio Las Vegas is broadcasting a total of eight shows over five different networks live from T-Mobile Arena on the 21st. (Radio partnership hint?)

Our city is open 24 hours a day so it is only appropriate we hold a 24-hour event of our own, especially for our fans who may work in the three-shift hospitality industry. This open house will give all Las Vegans the opportunity to tour our incredible arena and will give our current season ticket members a chance to see their actual seats for the first time since our name unveil. It is sure to be an exciting, unique 24-hours at T-Mobile Arena. -Kerry Bubolz, President

They’ve also promised hockey discussions every half hour with members of the staff.

The event was described to SinBin.vegas as “24 hours of zaniness.” Which we can only imagine means, lots and lots of free stuff. Or at least we can hope, my dumbass only took one pin on Thursday. See ya Tuesday people, and please wear SinBin gear, make us look good.

Click “read more” for the full press release from the team.

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Frozen Fury Night One: Pictures and Observations

Last night marked the very first NHL game in T-Mobile Arena history, and hopefully the last time the Stars ever win in this building.

First, let’s start with some observations, then we will get to the pictures and videos.

  • Parking was easy, but they charge a $20 flat rate at NYNY and Monte Carlo. It’s free for locals at MGM Grand, Excalibur, Luxor, or Aria.
  • Ticket box/will call was very easy, short lines and very helpful.
  • Trip from entrance to seat took about 10 minutes.
  • Once I could see the ice, I seriously felt a chill. The air was crisp, it was noticeably cold.
  • You could see ice from parts of the concourse which was cool, so it never feels like you never miss gameplay.
  • The ice was incredibly clear and very bright, creating great visibility.
  • The ice seemed very fast. Like a clean sheet during the entire period rather than just the beginning. Players were gliding.
  • The boards were “live.” Big rebounds off the backboards behind the goalies. Two goals created from backboard deflections. Huge offensive impact if no adjustment is made.
  • Boards also seemed very stiff, didn’t move when players landed body checks.
  • Granted it was preseason, but there were so many penalties.
  • Penalty boxes look very big, almost like the league is expecting multiple players in one box at a time. Plenty of fans will be able to harass penalized players. And more importantly plenty of space for that SinBin.vegas ad we’ve been dreaming of.
  • Stanchions were slanted under new NHL regulations for player safety.

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T-Mobile Arena Open House Open Now

Right now, until 9:00 tonight and from 4:00-9:00 PM tomorrow, you can walk right in to T-Mobile Arena to view the world’s best hockey arena with the ice, boards, nets, Zamboni, and everything else that makes up the coolest sport on Earth. Well, except the players and the actual game.

Murray Craven, Todd Pollock, Dan Marrazza and other team representatives are at the arena answering questions. George Salami is driving the Zamboni keeping the ice surface in pristine shape. You can walk right up on to both benches and see the ice up close and personal. (When I went back last night the doors to the benches were closed, hopefully they are open again tonight)

Every seat in the lower and upper bowls are available to fans to sit and take a look at the views.

When they announced there would be an open house I was kind of thinking, oh yeah, ho hum, no big deal. Then I got there, and my mind was changed. Just to be in the arena with the hockey configuration and to be able to have access to just about everywhere you’ll be able to go during a game is truly a special experience that won’t come around often.

I highly recommend anyone who reads this site that has a chance to do so, make your way down there before they close up shop, cause the next time there will be ice laid will be in September, and you’re gonna need a ticket for that one.

Later on either tonight or tomorrow I’m going to get a picture of the best seat and worst seat in every P-section. Check back for that article later.

Here are a bunch of pictures and videos…

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T-Mobile Arena Lays Ice For The First Time – Pictures, Videos, and More

It’s been a long time coming but finally for the first time the ice is being laid at T-Mobile Arena. As part of a walk-through for Frozen Fury coming up in September the fine folks at MGM will take the floor of T-Mobile Arena from a boring concrete slab to the most beautiful sight in all of sports, a fresh sheet of ice.

We’ve got pictures, videos, and will even have a chance to speak to some of the people making this happen, and we’ll have them all here throughout the day.

Pre-prep for laying the first white layer.

Click through to see this mega post including the incredible time lapse video of the whole process!

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