On Tuesday 13th, the Golden Knights announced an exclusive six-year partnership deal with the D Las Vegas at a press event at the Fremont Street Experience.
Las Vegas’ First Ever Pro Sports Team
The Golden Knights is Las Vegas’ first ever major league sports team which came to fruition after the NHL decided to expand and settled on Vegas as the city to host a new team. The only requirement was that the organizers must come up with a $500 million fee in order to get into the league.
The Golden Knights become the 31st NHL team and will participate in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference from the beginning of the 2017-2018 season. The team’s home arena will be the brand new T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada, which was built earlier in the year.
2nd Home Base In Downtown Las Vegas
While majority of the new team’s NFL action will go on at the T-Mobile Area, fans can expect lots of off-rink action at The D Las Vegas Casino Hotel, owned by Downtown hotel tycoons Derek and Greg Stevens.
In addition to the partnership, Derek Stevens announced that his company will make a $100,000 donation to the Vegas Golden Knights Foundation to kick things off. The brothers also announced a whole slew of events that will be taking place at The D, this includes:
- ➤Annual Fan Fest in the off-season
- ➤Special watch parties during every Golden Knights game
- ➤Player appearances at the hotel and casino
- ➤An official Golden Knights pop-up store at The D to sell team merchandise
- ➤Game tickets for purchase at Concierge
- ➤D Las Vegas Zamboni wrap at the new practice facility in Summerlin
The Longbar at The D is already a go-to place when it comes to watching major sports events in downtown Las Vegas. The have several large TVs with great picture quality, and most importantly, viewable from most parts of the bar. The combination of all these things makes the casino the place to be for all hockey fans.
“Coming from Detroit, which is a true Hockeytown, I’ve had the opportunity to see how Mike Ilitch with Little Caesars Arena, and Pete Karmanos with Compuware AAA Hockey have impacted the community and youth sports,” said Stevens. “I am hoping to bring the same spirit to Las Vegas.”
The Golden Knights’ President Kerry Bubolz, expressed his delightfulness in partnering up with the Stevens Brothers.
“We’re very excited for this partnership with Derek and the D Las Vegas,” Bubolz said. “Every time I hear him speak about Downtown Las Vegas, I get more and more excited about working with this part of the city.”
The team’s Head Coach, Gerard Gallant, was excited to see the fans’ response along the Fremont Street Experience, and the astounding support the team had received from across the city.
“It’s very exciting,” he said. “There’s real good people here, you can see the excitement down here with the fans, so I think it’s going to be great.”
The ceremony concluded with a special surprise from the Stevens brothers to their new partners, team President Kerry Bubolz and Head Coach Gerald Gallant, with their very own custom D Hotel and Golden Knights blazers, sporting their own names on the back along with the number 17.
The Golden Knights’ first home game will be against the Los Angeles Kings during the preseason on September, 26. The team’s first summer before their inaugural game will be a busy one, as they hurry to fill out the roster for their first season in the league.