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Pierre McGuire: It’s So Easy, It’s Crazy Easy To Do Everything In Vegas For 12 Teams

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A few weeks back we wrote how Las Vegas was not an ideal location to host eight NHL teams at once. Our main argument against a Vegas hub was the lack of quality sheets of ice.

The city of Las Vegas currently only has three sheets of ice that meet NHL standards; one at T-Mobile and two at City National Arena. A year from now there will be two more at Lifeguard Arena in Henderson, then in a few years another one at the AHL rink in Henderson, but as for now, you can’t reasonably make NHL teams vying for a playoff spot, practice at the Ice Center or Sobe Arena. Not to mention, with everyone housed on the Strip, transporting players and equipment for SEVEN teams back and forth the 17 miles to Summerlin, only to be crammed into City National Arena simply isn’t logical., 4/24/20

With word that the NHL is pushing a 24-team postseason format, a pod city would hold not eight, but 12 teams. Yesterday, NHL analyst Pierre McGuire jumped on TSN Montreal to pitch Las Vegas as the perfect location. The league is considering two pod cities that would hold three, possibly four NHL games per day. Southern Nevada continues to be high on the list for obvious reasons. Hotel rooms, first-class amenities, and easy access to the T-Mobile Arena and other venues. However, the lack of practice ice is greatly overlooked.

Because they got significant ice availability starting with obviously the MGM arena. They got their arena where they practice. They’ve got the Thomas & Mack Center. They’re building an arena for an American Hockey League team that might already be completed in Henderson.-Pierre McGuire, NBC Sports Analyst

The Henderson facility (Lifeguard Arena) is projected to be finished this fall. Could the league help expedite the project? Sure, but there have been no indications that’s the case. Which leaves the Thomas & Mack Center, MGM Grand Garden Arena, T-Mobile Arena, and the City National Arena to cram in practice and morning skates for 12 teams.

Two sheets of ice at the CNA could comfortably serve four NHL clubs, one being the Golden Knights. After that, it’s up in the air. T-Mobile Arena would be available for teams when actual games weren’t being played, but is that viable? Will the Thomas & Mack and Grand Garden Arena have enough time to refreeze their surfaces and make them NHL quality?

More than enough hotel space. They’ve got more than enough ice availability. They’ve got more than enough convention area for dressing rooms if they need them. They’ve got perfect infrastructure to host this.-McGuire

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Paid Parking At MGM? Gross. But Here’s How It Can Be Okay For Everybody

So it’s been made official. MGM will indeed begin charging for parking at its 11 Strip properties.

MGM Resorts International will announce Friday that it will become the first major casino company to start charging visitors for parking this year. Most of the casino giant’s properties will charge $10 or less for overnight self-parking. They are Mandalay Bay, Delano, Luxor, Excalibur, Monte Carlo, New York-New York, Vdara, Aria, Bellagio, The Mirage and MGM Grand. – CBS Las Vegas

We wrote about this a while back and were simply being optimistic in hoping that it would not come to fruition. It’s not surprising, but if MGM simply charges everyone for parking all the time, it’s not going to end well for anyone.

So, here’s what they should do. Utilize a modern validation system which will “comp” parking for those who still “deserve” the right to leave their Lexus on the third level of the parking garage at Monte Carlo.

First off, anyone staying at the hotel should automatically receive free parking. If MGM does not do this, Caesars properties will rake.

Secondly, anyone who has gambled a certain amount of money is entitled to complimentary parking. I’m not sure how that would amount would be determined, but with M-Life cards all gaming can be tracked so it’s not a difficult system to implement. One of the reasons parking has always been free in Vegas is because the casinos would rather you spend your money playing than feeding a meter. Why? People don’t get addicted to parking.

Lastly, parking should be validated for all those who arrive early or stay late and spend money on the Toshiba Plaza (the park surrounding the arena including retail and restaurants). One of the major concerns surrounding the opening of T-Mobile Arena is traffic pre and post event. If patrons are rewarded for spending money around the arena, they are more likely to stay after the game. Once again, this can be implemented with the M-Life card and would almost certainly be a net gain for MGM as people would spend more at the restaurants (and on “gifts”) than they would on parking.

Paid parking for sporting events and concerts is not abnormal. So there’s no reason anyone should be complaining about it. But paid parking at casinos, and specifically hotels attached to casinos is uncommon. MGM is lining itself up to alienate a lot of people locally, in commuter cities like LA and Phoenix, and even out-of-towners that rent vehicles.

A validation system would completely dissipate all anger and resentment toward the casino mega-corp. If MGM offers legitimate options to circumvent parking, there’s no way anyone can complain if they choose not to take them. You want to come to a hockey game, park, and go home, then give us $10. But if you are willing to spend some time with us exploring our great properties, we would be glad to offer you complimentary parking.

It’s obvious that $10 per car would be a solid revenue stream coming in to MGM they have never experienced before. But if Caesars, Cosmo, Wynn, Tropicana, and everyone else up and down the Strip don’t break down, the potential dollars lost could easily outweigh that brought in from parking.

People will pay it. Others will go around it however they can. But if MGM simply offers options, many will take advantage of them, and in the end, everyone wins rather than just MGM (or every other casino brand if this doesn’t work).

We aren’t cheap, we just don’t like knowing we’re being taken advantage of.

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