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Drive to bring NHL team to Las Vegas gains momentum
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 21:04:59 +0000
Las Vegas, NV, United States (4E Sports) - The campaign to bring an NHL franchise to Las Vegas is now gaining momentum as it enters a second phase with the league's blessing.
"We've done really, really well," said prospective owner Bill Foley.
Aside from Foley, the ownership group also includes the Maloof family, former owners of the Palms casino and resort in Las Vegas and the NBA's Sacramento Kings.
According to sources, the trial season ticket drive that had been green-lighted by the NHL late last year and began in early February had exceeded its original target of 10,000.
Sources added that down payments on those tickets reflect grass-roots buyers, individuals and small businesses throughout the Las Vegas area.
Foley is also reaching out to larger corporations in Las Vegas, including major casino operations, large banking institutions, telecommunications companies, food services operations and logistics enterprises like UPS or FedEx.
Along with the sale of suites, the ownership group could top the 13,000 mark for season-ticket deposits.
Foley and his investors have already discussed a lease with the new $350-million Las Vegas Arena being built on the strip by AEG and MGM Resorts International.
It is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2016. The capacity for hockey would be around 17,300.