Today marked another day is sports and entertainment history as the NFL approved the moved of the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas in a 31-1 vote. The Raiders are set to join the NHL’s 31st franchise the Vegas Golden Knights in the next few seasons.
To put things into perspective that back in June 2016 Nevada’s thriving Metropolis had no professional team to call Vegas home. On June 22nd the league approved expansion of the NHL to 31 teams.
Fast forward to March 27, 2017 Vegas is now the home of both NHL and NFL. In a statement by Vegas Golden Knights Owner Bill Foley congratulated Raiders owner Mark Davis on the move to Nevada.
“On behalf of the entire Vegas Golden Knights family, I would like to welcome and congratulate Mark Davis and the Oakland Raiders on their relocation to the great city of Las Vegas,” said Vegas Golden Knights Chairman and CEO Bill Foley.
“It truly is an exciting time to be from Las Vegas. There is only a select group of cities in North America that are home to both an NHL and an NFL franchise and Vegas is now one of them. This alone should be a great source of pride for our community and our fans. Las Vegas has always been one of the most popular destination cities in the world and it is now emerging as a premier location for major league professional sports.” Owner Bill Foley
Golden Knights are scheduled to start their first season in the NHL this fall as the league celebrates it’s next 100 years of existence in sports history.
Vegas joins a handful of marketplaces around the United States to have at least two professional sports teams to call home. Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Chicago, Boston, Dallas, Tampa, New Jersey (NYGiants, NYJets, and Devils), and Houston are just some of the places that have multiple teams in their backyards for their fans to enjoy.
The clock is officially on for the Vegas Golden Knights to establish a winning culture for hockey fans in Clark County. With the NHL Expansion Draft coming in weeks George McPhee and company will have more pressure on their shoulders to put together a team with players that are dedicated in winning and playing hard each night.
With that in mind Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee will need to bring in some star power and names that hockey fans can relate to for the long haul that enables the hockey franchise to compete for the fan support now that the Raiders are coming to Nevada’s thriving Metropolis.
Team Owner Bill Foley stated that he wants to bring a Stanley Cup Championship to Vegas within 7 years with the Raiders coming the time to win now will need to be taken with a sense of urgency given that Oakland is bringing 3 Superbowl Championships with them.
To note that last season in the NFL the Oakland Raiders finally put together a winning season in 15 years with recording a 12-4 record and playing the Superbowl Playoffs.
For at least two season’s the Oakland Raiders will remain in the East Bay by playing their games at the Oakland Coliseum. The move to Vegas makes the Raiders the third NFL franchise in 18 months to relocate to a new market.
When the 2020-2021 sports season starts the Vegas community will get to see both the puck drop at T-Mobile Arena and kick off at the Raiders Stadium.
The NHL remains confident in the Vegas Golden Knights for the long term in response to the Raiders move to the entertainment capital of the world.
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Below is podcast from today’s Vegas Hockey Hotline interview with Vegas Golden Knights Owner Bill Foley