By Connor McIIveen
At the NHL Awards on June 22, 2016, the National Hockey League announced Las Vegas would be awarded the next expansion team, giving the city its first major league professional sports team.
The Vegas Golden Knights will be calling the new T-Mobile Arena home, which is fitting, as the stadium is just about as old as the team itself. The arena, which can accommodate over 17,000 people for hockey, 18,000 for basketball and even more for boxing and UFC fights, is a haven for events of all kinds, including music and comedy. It also has food on every level. Shake Shack and Pizza Forte are Vegas favorites that now have an outlet in the arena, with California classic Pink’s Hot Dogs opening its first Vegas location inside along with Chronic Tacos.
There’s even more food and drinks outside! Located on the Las Vegas Strip between New York New York Hotel and Casino, and the Monte Carlo Hotel and Casino, it’s easy to turn a night on the town into a night at the games. Guests will have no problem taking advantage of all the food and services in and around the T-Mobile Arena. Just make sure you finish your outside eats before you enter.
Hockey, however, is really what is bringing all eyes on Vegas, with the Golden Knights attracting some of the biggest hockey stars. Head Coach, Gerard Gallant, was previously Head Coach of the Florida Panthers, and achieved a club-record of 47 wins and 103 points. Goalie Marc-André Fleury is a three-time Stanley Cup winner who, with Team Canada, brought the gold medal back to Canada at the 2010 Olympic games. He will be switching off with fellow goalie, Calvin Pickard, who helped Canada win the 2016 World Championships. A roster of seasoned professionals and new faces to the league will join them. With 41 regular season home games, and over 17,000 seats available, you’ll have many opportunities to see these new hometown heroes and visiting NHL stars.