Friday February 13th, 2015

The National Hockey League's ticket drive to see if Las Vegas is a viable city for a franchise is halfway to its goal of selling 10,000 tickets, reports the Las Vegas Review-Journal.  

On Tuesday, the investors for a potential team in Las Vegas launched a ticket drive and received 5,000 deposits in the first 36 hours.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has said the league’s Board of Governors had no problems letting billionaire businessman Bill Foley explore a possible franchise in the city. 

Jets GM impresses, Wild in intriguing playoff chase 

"All the seats in all the sections are selling really well. They’re pretty even distributed,” Foley said in a statement. "We’re off to a good start. We hope to see the Las Vegas community rally around this great cause and continue to buy deposits.”

A $375 million, 17,500 seat arena is currently being built on 16.5 acres of land on the Las Vegas Strip. The arena is set to open in time for the 2016-17 season. 

The league has not expanded since adding Columbus Blue Jackets and the Minnesota Wild for the 2000 season, putting the NHL at 30 teams. 

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