Los Vegas Golden Knights
This year Los Vegas has added to their attractions. They not only have casinos and the Hoover dam but as of the 2016 there was an approval of the Los Vegas Golden Knights, an official NHL team. The team made its first appearance in the 2017-2018 season. They’re doing extremely well in their expansion season. With a record of 41 and 16 they are at the top of the pacific division. They are expected to bring in many new fans in seasons to come. The real question is how will a new NHL team impact the economy in Los Vegas?
Before the team got approved in 2016 they wanted to see if there was interest in an official NHL team in Los Vegas. There are 632,000 local residents in Los Vegas. Which created over 14,000 season ticket deposits. There are over 14,000 people in line to get season tickets for the Golden Knights. Los Vegas already has 39.2 million tourists each year. People come to go to the casinos and have a fun weekend. With an NHL team thrown in the mix it could bring in a different crowd of people which would bring up the amount of tourism in Los Vegas.
If the Golden Knights get a new crowd in the door at Los Vegas the impact to the economic could be huge. Tourists spend on average around 5 billion dollars at the casinos each year. Some people might not want to travel just to go to casinos. However, those people might be willing to travel to watch an NHL game. Once they get to Los Vegas they can choose between 150,000 hotel rooms and 23 casinos to spend their time at when they are not at the hockey game. The reals question isn’t if a new NHL team will impact Los Vegas, it’s by how much it will impact Los Vegas.
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