Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/08/07 at 12:18 PM ET
Reading the following story, it sounds like Vegas is not a destination for the Pens, or for any team in the near future.
from the Las Vegas Review Journal,
Thomas & Mack Center director Daren Libonati said he has not spoken to anyone from the Penguins and that the facility has no ice floor and no chiller.
He said a major league team would need corporate signage, control of suites and revenues from food and beverage sales, none of which would be available at the Thomas & Mack.
Reid said studies should be done to determine whether there would be sufficient public support for an NHL team in Las Vegas.
Given the urgency of the Penguins’ situation and the lack of an arena, Reid said the process might be too far along for Southern Nevada to make a serious play.
added 10:55am, from the Las Vegas Sun,
But the fact is Ogie Ogilthorpe is more likely to win the Federal League’s sportsmanship award before Las Vegas lands the Penguins or any other National Hockey League team.
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