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AHL governors approve Golden Knights team purchase

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Posted at 1:49 PM, Feb 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-28 17:21:29-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The American Hockey League (AHL) Board of Governors has officially approved the sale and relocation of the San Antonio Rampage by the Vegas Golden Knights.

The yet-to-be renamed team is scheduled to play at the Orleans Arena next year, then moving to a new hockey rink that will be built at the site of the Henderson Pavilion. The new arena is expected to have 6,000-seats upon completion.

The Golden Knights have announced they have received over 7,000 season ticket deposits to date for the newly purchased team. Current VGK ticket members who place a deposit will receive priority access once seat selection begins. Details regarding seat selection and pricing will be announced at a later time.

The minor-league club will practice and be headquartered at their Lifeguard Arena complex on Water Street.

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While not all details have been released, Golden Knights team owner Bill Foley has previously confirmed the new team will include "Henderson" in their new name.

“Since our initial season ticket drive began five years ago in February 2015, we have witnessed first-hand the incredible passion and enthusiasm our community has for hockey,” Foley said when the purchase was first announced in February. “By every relevant metric, the growth of the game here the last few years at all levels has been remarkable. We could not be more proud to bring a second professional hockey club to the Valley to accelerate this growth even further.”

According to the Golden Knights, additional information relating to the AHL team will be announced in the upcoming weeks and months.

The Rampage, currently the St. Louis Blues affiliate, have 22 wins, 21 losses, 7 overtime losses and 5 shootout losses this season and are ranked sixth out of eight in the AHL's Central Division. The franchise has played in San Antonio since 2002 and have won one division championship since then (2014-15).