Aside from the video hiccup during the unveil, last night’s unveil party was an absolute hit. From attendance to flare to merchandise the Golden Knights organization really came through in it’s first major stage. Whether you like the name, or the logos, or the colors, the fact is, Las Vegas (or should I say Vegas) is now the Golden Knights. Here’s a look back at the event with some observations, pictures and then a bundle of videos.
- Almost incredibly neither the logo nor name were leaked until about 3 PM and the leak appeared to be somewhat contained until about an hour before the actual event.
- The official name is the Vegas Golden Knights, not the Las Vegas Golden Knights.
- Personally, of the three possible adjectives Golden was my least favorite. I’m indifferent on the choice of Vegas over Las Vegas, the color scheme looks good but I’m hoping for more “Red Rock Red” when the jerseys come out, and I absolutely love the logos.
- The main helmet logo features the exact same V from the script in the word Vegas in the official team name font.
- The Vegas star makes multiple appearances, first as the inspiration for the secondary logo, and second next to the word Vegas and above Golden Knights on almost all apparel.
- There is not an official attendance, but estimates put the number somewhere between 3,000 and 5,000. My guess is closer to 5 than 3.
- The lasting image, which I’m told was not shown on NHL.com or NHL Network, was the New York New York parking garage being lined on every floor by fans watching the event. There are a few pictures of it below.
- There were also plenty of windows open across the street at Monte Carlo getting a birds eye view.
- Here is the link to the video that didn’t play. The story on that is still a bit of a mystery. It began playing on both the small screen and on the arena LEDs, then the small screen went to an image that said “Placeholder Vegas Hockey” and the sound cut out. The video continued playing on the big screen on the arena before they eventually cut that. The word Golden Knights did appear on the arena before they did the countdown. Then, they went back to the video and it once again did not play on either screen. Then they brought The Creator back up and asked him for a countdown. Most believed that was for the video, but instead, that was for the actual naming of the team. Pretty much an epic disaster, but it’ll be forgotten in a few days or so. The name and logos will be what people remember.
- The countdown from 10 to 1 before they announced the name featured white letters with gold and red trim. Possibly hint to jersey numbers?
- The Maverick helicopter, which dropped a ton of shirts onto the crowd arrived on time, but because of the video glitch had to circle and added to the sound issues many in the back described to us.
- All in all, the event should be qualified as a major success, but because many don’t like the name, colors, and logos, it will likely be ridiculed all over the web. Welcome to the Internet!
A look around the crowd before the event began.
Bettman welcomes Vegas to NHL
Official announcement from the media deck.
Official announcement from right below the stage
Interview with The Creator
The Creator explains why Golden Knights and why Vegas not Las Vegas.
Little more from The Creator.
Official Vegas Golden Knights Info
Official Team Site – nhl.com/goldenknights
Team Store – http://shop.nhl.com/Vegas_Golden_Knights_Gear
Physical stores are currently set up at T-Mobile Arena, MGM Grand, and New York New York. (We are working on a major post with much more info on this)
More Observations (from Jason Pothier)
- First off, it had a grand feel to it. Something big was about to happen. There was a buzz in the crowd, and everyone seemed excited to be there.
- The ice rink was a great feature. Kids skating on ice during an NHL team name reveal was a the perfect setting. Parents loved that their kid felt part of the event. Multiple parents told me that their kids were excited about this day for awhile.
- Seeing the vendors operating was another cool aspect. All I could picture was fans meeting up before the game and grabbing a beer together on the Toshiba Plaza. It had a game day feel to it, even though there were stages taking up most of the Plaza.
- The presentation was great. The main stage had an important feel to it. Videogate was a rough spot. Fans were getting very restless during the video montage malfunction. At that point fans didn’t want to wait anymore and the organization should’ve of just scrapped the video right there. After the second malfunction, fans starting to shout “just tell us the name.”
- The Creator genuinely looked like a proud man. You could tell he was so excited to finally reveal his team to the public. Same with Gary Bettman, you could tell it meant something to him as well. In fact, Bettman came off very well.
- Two lasting images that I’ll take away were fans up in the parking garage and the Monte Carlo. The NYNY parking lot was packed with people lining up on every floor watching the event. Monte Carlo guests watching from there hotel room windows. It was very cool to see.
- They did what they could for merchandise. Every store had lines that lasted hours and not everyone got what they wanted. Not really anyone’s fault.
- Overall fans were great and did a fantastic job showing their support. The Creator thanked the fans for showing up and they appreciated it.
What a great night! I want to thank everyone for the unbelievable outpouring of support for SinBin.vegas. Thank you for supporting the site, thank you for supporting the team, and thank you for scrolling this far down on this mammoth article. You guys are the best!
GO GOLDEN KNIGHTS!!!