Henderson Will Host Community Meeting on Proposed AHL Arena

People on Hockey Arena Playing Hockey
Next month, the city of Henderson plans to host a community meeting to discuss residents’ concerns and questions regarding the proposal of a minor league hockey arena in the city.

Plans for a 6,000-seat arena were announced earlier this month by city officials. They advised that the current Henderson Pavilion will serve as the building site for the new arena. The Henderson Pavilion, located on 200 S. Green Valley Pkwy, is the largest open-air amphitheater in Nevada and has been used primarily for music performances.

The Pavilion is known for its 40,000-square-foot canopy style roof, which has been severely damaged in weather-related incidents in recent years, naming wind damage. Due to the damage, city officials already began evaluating how to repair and modernize the facility to optimize even greater entertainment opportunities, while preventing further damage to the useable infrastructure.

The City had talks of turning the Pavilion into an enclosed venue, so that events could be held yearlong and not be restricted to months with milder temperatures. However, the announcement of the Vegas Golden Knight’s acquisition of an American Hockey League (AHL) presented an exciting new opportunity during the Pavilion’s phase of reimaging its future use.

According to the City of Henderson website:

“While the City was envisioning the future of the Pavilion as an enclosed venue, the February 6, 2020 announcement by the Vegas Golden Knights (VGK) of their acquisition of an American Hockey League (AHL) team and intention to relocate it to southern Nevada made it clear that there was an opportunity to build upon the successful public-private partnership the City had established with the VGK.

This expanded partnership presents an exciting new opportunity to enhance the current Henderson Pavilion site by creating a 6000-seat family-friendly entertainment venue where the City can host concerts, cultural arts performances, high school and college graduations, youth and club hockey activities, meetings, and other community events in addition to hosting Henderson’s hometown professional hockey team.”

Community Meeting Details

Henderson residents are being encouraged to send over any questions and comments they want addressed to the city through an online submission form.

Community Meeting Details:

Date: Monday, March 9

Start Time: 4 p.m.

Location: Sun City MacDonald Ranch Clubhouse

2020 W Horizon Ridge Pkwy, Henderson, NV 89012

Additional presentations are also set to take place at 5 and 6 p.m.

Vegas New Professional Hockey Team

The Golden Knights announced in the beginning of this month their purchase of the San Antonio Rampage, an AHL affiliate of the St. Louis Blues, and revealed their plans to relocate the team to the Henderson/Las Vegas area.

Pending approval from the AHL Board of Governors, the San Antonio Rampage will begin their first season at the Orleans Arena before moving to their new home arena.

What is the American Hockey League?

Outside of the National Hockey League, the American Hockey League is the top-level of professional hockey in the US.

One of the big drawing points to having an AHL franchise in the Vegas valley is the chance for fans to see Golden Knights’ top prospects up close.

Prior to the San Antonio Rampage, Las Vegas had two other minor league hockey teams: the Las Vegas Thunder, which played six seasons from 1993 to 1999, and the Las Vegas Wranglers, who played at the Orleans Arena between 2003 o 2014.