Every Golden Knights fan who attended the Winter Classic in Seattle, and even those who watched on TV back at home, probably had the same thought as they took in the scenes of the Pacific Northwest.
How awesome would this be if it were in Las Vegas?
Well, you’re not alone with that line of thinking. In fact, the moment the Golden Knights agreed to be the road team in the Winter Classic, they were already lobbying for a game at home.
The league called us in January or February of last year and we said of course we’d be honored to play. But remember, we’d like to have a game in Vegas. If we’re going to Seattle, we’d like to have a game in Vegas in the near future. –George McPhee on Bob McCown Podcast
In typical NHL fashion, they wouldn’t exactly commit to it but instead said something along the lines of “duly noted.” History tells us though that they normally do come through on these promises.
The problem for right now is that there isn’t a venue for it in Vegas. The first one that comes to mind is Allegiant Stadium, the home of the Raiders.
I don’t think (we could do Allegiant). That’s a massive place, it might be just too big. And, they’ve got to allow you to play in their stadium too. There’s that little thing. –McPhee on Bob McCown Podcast
Instead, McPhee is looking towards the newest sports location coming to the Strip.
It would probably have to be whenever we get a baseball stadium built here for the A’s. It’s nice to have that retractable roof to make sure the game gets played. So, yeah, they’ll circle back at some point. –McPhee on Bob McCown Podcast
Personally, I’m still in favor of repurposing the intersection of Las Vegas Boulevard and Tropicana and building a rink right there on the world’s most popular street. It obviously wouldn’t be able to seat anywhere near what they do at other Winter Classics but the seats that will be there will be worth plenty enough to make up the difference.
Nonetheless, it’s good to know the Golden Knights weren’t satisfied with just being a participant in the Winter Classic, they used it as a bargaining chip to get one of their own too.
*Here’s the full interview with McPhee on The Bob McCown Podcast*