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Golden Knights' AHL team will play in Orleans Arena if sale approved

Posted at 8:40 AM, Feb 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-13 11:45:18-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — If all goes as planned, the Vegas Golden Knights' American Hockey League affiliate will be playing in Orleans Arena.

VGK President Kerry Bubolz issued the following statement on Wednesday:

“Pending approval of the purchase and relocation from the American Hockey League Board of Governors, the Golden Knights AHL affiliate will play their home games during the 2020-21 AHL season at the Orleans Arena, located at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

We look forward to working with our partners at Boyd Gaming to create a memorable, best-in-class fan experience in one of the leading multi-purpose sports and entertainment facilities in the nation. Additional updates regarding the Vegas Golden Knights AHL affiliate and subsequent plans will be communicated when appropriate.” “We are excited and honored to partner with the Vegas Golden Knights in bringing AHL hockey to the Orleans Arena next season,” said Keith Smith, Boyd Gaming President and CEO.

“The arrival of AHL hockey is great news for our entire community, and we look forward to helping the Golden Knights organization further expand professional hockey in southern Nevada.” On February 6, the Golden Knights purchased an American Hockey League franchise membership from Spurs Sports & Entertainment (which currently operates the San Antonio Rampage in San Antonio, TX) and applied for relocation of the franchise to Henderson/Las Vegas, Nevada."

The purchase, which was announced Feb. 6, and relocation is subject to approval from the American Hockey League Board of Governors. All Golden Knights fans are able to place a $50 per seat season ticket deposit by clicking here. Please note the season ticket deposits are refundable. Current Vegas Golden Knights 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 team will begin play in the 2020-21 season.

The Orleans Arena is a 9,500-seat multi-purpose arena. It was the former home of the Las Vegas Wranglers hockey team, which was part of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the ECHL. The team sopped playing in the Orleans Arena in 2014. Initially it planned to find a new home, but withdrew from the ECHL after being unable to do so.