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New Ice in the Las Vegas Desert

The temperature may be climbing outside, but inside the T-Mobile Arena it’s definitely all about the ice. At least, it will be when the Las Vegas Golden Knights take to the rink later this year in their inaugural season in the National Hockey League.
Hockey fans already know and love the sport for its fast paced momentum that can turn in an instant and—let’s be honest—the fights, the bone crushing checks into the boards and the overall physical nature of the game. The NHL believes that this will fit perfectly with the excitement of Las Vegas and will encourage locals and tourists alike to come out and watch a game and support the Las Vegas Golden Knights hockey team. Here are the two main reasons I think this new team will be a rousing success!

1. MERCHANDISE AND TICKETS ARE ALREADY IN HIGH DEMAND
Full season ticket packages have already sold out, with just a few half season and quarter season packages remaining. Single game tickets won’t go on sale until August and are expected to sell out quickly as demand intensifies. That’s a lot of excitement already being built for this brand new hockey team.
Fans eager to root on the Vegas home town team can already buy official gear online, but with a small catch. No player specific merchandise is available since the roster hasn’t yet been determined. Later this summer, on June 21, 2017 the expansion draft will take place at T-Mobile, which will become the Knight’s home rink. Las Vegas will get to choose one player to take from each of the 30 current NHL teams.

2. THE GOAL IS TO WIN RIGHT FROM THE VERY START
The National Hockey League has been operating since 1917, although the sport of hockey itself dates back to the early 1800’s. And a few other organizations were around prior to the current NHL. With Las Vegas entering the ranks in the 2017-2018 season, 31 teams will play a grueling schedule over several months, all aiming to be the ones to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup come season’s end. Each hoping for the same goal they probably dreamt of as a young player—To get their name engraved on the base of that trophy, becoming a part of hockey’s rich tradition. Could Las Vegas be next? There’s no reason why not.
Like other professional sports drafts, the hockey expansion draft is set up in a way aimed to bring talent into the team right away rather than forcing years of building if starting with just rookie players. No doubt, it can be tough bringing everyone together at first, each coming from different teams and different styles of playing and coaching but these are professionals after all. They’ve spent their entire lives playing towards, and embracing, the next challenge in their hockey career and being a Knight is a wonderful challenge to have. When the puck drops at T-Mobile Arena it won’t just be the start of the first regular season game for the Golden Knights, it will be the culmination of years of work to bring a team to the Las Vegas desert. These guys will get it done and it’ll be a grand accomplishment for all of the men and women that have had a hand in making it happen.

To the Knights, whoever you may be. You are currently a NY Ranger, an Anaheim Duck, a Minnesota Wild, a Tampa Bay Lightning or an LA King. But Vegas is ready to welcome you all as Knights. Jerseys are waiting for your name, fans are ready to claim you as their favorite member of the team. The arena will be loud, and the moments will be yours to take. Years from now, fans will remember being there when your Knight legacy began. Vegas is steeped in history, of names in lights literally and figuratively, and now it’s your turn.
Under General Manager George McPhee, the future looks bright for the Golden Knights hockey organization. Maybe even bright enough to rival the neon lights of their home town, Las Vegas. You can bet I’ll be there in the stands when the first puck is dropped, cheering out for our new team. It’s exciting to be a part of such a momentous occasion. Will you be there too? If so, comment below and tell us who you hope will get drafted onto the team! And share this article on Facebook and Twitter, so your friends and family will know about the Golden Knights too.

Wild World Of Las Vegas Sports

Las Vegas: Battleground For Awesomeness

Have you ever wanted to witness giant monster trucks launch them selves twenty feet in the air? How about enjoying the world’s best cowboys riding massive bulls and bucking broncos? Has anyone ever asked you either of these crucial questions? If your response is ‘no’ then it’s time for me to take you into the wild world of Las Vegas sports. If you answer was ‘yes’ then I suggest you keep reading as well.

Las Vegas is a very special place in that there are many atypical types of entertainment and events not readily available anywhere else in the world. Sometimes I am forced to believe that Las Vegas has so much to offer at any given point in time that it’s own residents become overwhelmed. They become overwhelmed to the point that forget about all the world class experiences waiting for them in their own backyard.

What are all these ‘Wild’ sports that I speak of? Where and when do they take place? All will be revealed below.

Not So Mainstream Sports

  1. Monster Jam World Finals

This is as good as it gets. Monster Jam is an annual monster truck competition to determine who is the best in the world. The 3-day event is held at Sam Boyd Stadium every March.

Since 2014 the top 32 monster truck drivers face off in two separate competitions, the Racing Championship and the Freestyle Championship.

The Racing Championship race track is built for speed. Monster trucks will go as fast as 75 mph on straightaways and the track itself extends outside into the parking lot. The Freestyle Championship is full of jumps and obstacles. This event is a crowd favorite because of wild crashes that occur.

If you don’t make it to any other sporting event on this entire list, please make a concerted effort to experience Monster Jam. I promise that it is unlike anything you have ever seen. I go every year with the guy who trims my trees and does my landscaping. He actually introduced me to monster truck racing when I first moved out here. I haven’t met anyone more excited about this sport then Chris. If you have any questions about anything monster truck related then contact him at his Henderson Tree Service Company. He would be thrilled to talk to you. He’ll more than likely give you a killer deal on some of his tree services.

Monster Truck

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Area 51 and Baseball

Aliens & Baseball – Killer Combination

Spring is one damn beautiful season. New life can be seen everywhere. Flowers begin to bloom, steams begin to flow and baseball is here to stay for the next 6 months straight. I absolutely adore the beginning of every baseball season. The phenomenal weather, the aroma of freshly cut grass, the sound of baseball bats cracking after connecting with the ball and endless amounts seed shells being spit directly onto the ground. Then there is the game of baseball itself. The game is both methodical and strategic, slow but fast, and has an infinite number of ways to be played.

Cashman Field

Well, if it isn’t clear yet let me just come out and write it plain as day. Baseball is fucking awesome, in the truest sense of the word. Unfortunately, lovely Las Vegas doesn’t have a major professional baseball team for its wonderful residents to support and watch. However, we have been graced with the next best thing in the Las Vegas Area 51s, a Triple-A (AAA) Minor League Baseball team.

If you have never had the opportunity to attend a game then this article is written specifically for you. I’m about to make you a Vegas 51s fan for life.

Area 51? You Mean Aliens?

The best place to start is always at the beginning. Most everybody has heard something regarding Area 51 and that it has something to do with aliens. Area 51 is actually a United States military facility located north of Las Vegas about 70 miles. There have been many rumors and much speculation regarding Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) and extraterrestrial activity at Area 51 since the 1950s. Most everybody also has an interest in alien conspiracy theories. It was only natural that our Las Vegas AAA Baseball team change its name from the ‘Las Vegas Stars’ to the ‘Vegas 51s’ in 2001. Complete with an alien logo and an alien looking mascot named Cosmo.

Cosmo

Currently, the Vegas 51s are in the Pacific Coast League (PCL) and affiliated with the Major League Baseball (MLB) team the New York Mets. The 51’s play their home games at Cashman Field located in Las Vegas at the intersection of N Las Vegas Boulevard and E Washington Avenue.

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