The moment we’ve been waiting for is finally here! NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has announced the league is expanding to Las Vegas.
The Las Vegas franchise owned by The Creator, Bill Foley, will become the 31st franchise in the NHL and will begin play in 2017-18 in the Western Conference.
They will play their games at the brand new T-Mobile Arena located in between New York New York and Monte Carlo on the South end of the iconic Las Vegas Strip. The team will become the first professional sports franchise in the history of Las Vegas.
Expansion talks involving Las Vegas date as far back as 2007, but the current ownership group first began its push for a team in 2014. The NHL gave The Creator the go-ahead to launch a ticket drive on February 10th of last year. That ticket drive hit the 10,000 seat goal within a few months and currently sits just north of 14,000.
The Creator formally submitted an application for expansion on June 20th and less than a year later and no fewer than 5,000 mentions of “the process,” Las Vegas finally has its first major professional sports franchise.
A team name contest is expected to be held shortly (#VoteRatPack) and the team colors are expected to be black, gold and grey.
Today is a monumental day in the history of Las Vegas and all the credit goes to one man, The Creator, Bill Foley. On behalf of myself, Dana, Jason, and the entire SinBin.vegas family, we would like to say Thank You. Now it’s time to bring the Stanley Cup to Vegas!!!
Quotes coming soon. First, we party!