In an official announcement made on Thursday, the Las Vegas Golden Knights have purchased an American Hockey League (AHL) franchise membership from Spurs Sports & Entertainment. Since Spurs Sports & Entertainment currently operates the San Antonio Rampage in San Antonio, TX, the Knights have applied to relocate the franchise in its entirety to the Henderson/Las Vegas area.
“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,” said Vegas Golden Knights Chairman and CEO Bill Foley. 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.”
Dependent upon the AHL Board of Governors approval, the Rampage will finish out their 2019-20 regular season and playoffs in San Antonio and relocate to the Henderson/Las Vegas area to kick off the 2020-21 AHL season.
Purchase Will Help Streamline Hockey Operations in Vegas
According to McPhee, 87% of all NHL players were graduates of the AHL. This will effectively help enable local Las Vegas fans to track Golden Knights prospects as they progress through the system. Prospects’ advancement to the AHL, which signals NHL playing potential, will be easier to follow with the franchise moving to Las Vegas.
“This move will effectively centralize our hockey operations and streamline our processes in terms of player development, scouting, transfers and staffing.” says McPhee.
“By bringing an AHL franchise to the desert, our fans will have more opportunities to experience the sport they love in the place we call home,” said Vegas Golden Knights President Kerry Bubolz. “With our new community ice center under construction at Lifeguard Arena in Henderson, the club will have a world class practice facility as their team headquarters. We would like to especially thank our colleagues at Spurs Sports & Entertainment and the American Hockey League Board of Governors for their consideration and effort in continuing this process.”
Additional Details to Be Confirmed at Later Date
Pending purchase and relocation approval from the AHL Board of Governors, additional details will be confirmed at a later date, including team name, logo, ticket pricing, home arena etc.
Currently, Golden Knights Fans can place a $50 per seat season ticket deposit at http://vgk.io/ahl-vegas. VGK Members who put down a deposit will be granted priority access once seat selections start. Note: Season ticket deposits are refundable.
About the AHL
The American Hockey League (AHL) is a US and Canadian based professional ice hockey league that serves as the primary developmental league for the National Hockey League (NHL). It’s also considered the “farm league” of the NFL. The minor professional hockey league has been in operation since 1936.
Currently, the oldest team in the AHL are Pennsylvania’s Hershey Bears, who first started playing in 1938.
The AHL major championship involves the two winning teams from their conferences that play for a chance to win the Calder Cup.
About Spurs Sports & Entertainment
Spurs Sports & Entertainment is an American sports and entertainment organization that’s based in San Antonio, Texas. Several sporting franchises are owned and operated by the organization, including the 5-time National Basketball Association (NBA) champions, the San Antonio Spurs, the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage, NBA G League’s Austin Spurs, and the USL Championship club San Antonio FC.
The organization also operates Bexar County’s multi-purpose indoor arena, the AT&T Center.