It's time to see who's all-in on NHL hockey in Las Vegas.
Bill Foley, the billionaire behind the bid to bring the game to Sin City, announced on Tuesday that the season ticket drive that will be used to guage fan interest will kick off on Feb. 10.
The goal is to acquire 10,000 commitments in order to secure a franchise by Sept. 30. A quick sell-through could be key. "If he's still running the campaign next October, my guess is tickets didn't sell so quickly," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said during All-Star weekend. "If he's able to get to a number that makes a lot of sense and shows a great deal of enthusiasm in two or three weeks, he and we will have a better sense of the market."
Foley said that a ticket sales staff has been hired and promised that specifics regarding how to put down a deposit will be made available in the next few days.
He also revealed that a commitment had been made last month by several prominent local citizens to support the bid. “In mid-January, our group met with some of the most influential people in the Las Vegas community. This group—The Las Vegas Founding 75—have agreed to help us sell 60 season ticket deposits each. The energy, passion and excitement we witnessed during these meetings—and in the community since these meetings—has further cemented our commitment to bringing an NHL team to Las Vegas.”
In an interview with Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman that aired last weekend, Foley said ticket prices would be comparable to those that were used to get Winnipeg off the ground when the Atlanta Thrashers relocated there in 2011.
“We'll be right around the league average,” Foley said. “We'll have some tickets at $39 and some at $125.” He added that the duration of the commitment likely won't be as onerous as the three-year buy required in Winnipeg.
Foley's already made a significant commitment to raise awareness in the area. His group bought local air time during Sunday's Super Bowl to run this ad promoting the ticket drive.
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