Report: NHL settles on Las Vegas for expansion team
|06.14.16 at 1:24 pm ET|
It appears the NHL is heading to Las Vegas. According to the Associated Press, the league has settled on Las Vegas for an expansion team, provided organizers can come up with a $500 million fee.
Las Vegas would become the NHL’s 31st team, with the expansion occurring for the 2017-18 season at the earliest. The franchise would be the first professional sports franchise in Las Vegas.
According to the AP, the Las Vegas bid has secured more than 13,200 season ticket deposits for the new team, which will play in the brand new, 17,500-seat T-Mobile Arena.
The AP says Quebec City was also considered for expansion, but that some owners have expressed concerns over the strength of the Canadian dollar as well as greater geographical imbalance if another eastern team were added. Seattle and the Toronto area have both popped up in expansion rumors in the past, too.
The NHL last expanded in 2000, when the Minnesota Wild and Columbus Blue Jackets joined the league.