(Photo by Vegas Wants Hockey/ Vegas Golden Knights)
Las Vegas–Today marks the eve of the NHL To Seattle Season Ticket Drive as the Oak View Group embarks on their quest to secure the 32nd franchise in the league.
For Vegas Golden Knights fans they bear witnessed to the “Vegas Wants Hockey” initiative three years ago in an effort as they too kicked off their season ticket drive with the blessing of Commissioner Gary Bettman.
Vegas hockey fans remember that Comissioner Bettman himself came out to be in attendance when Bill Foley‘s team made the historic announcement of the season ticket drive along with minority owner “The Maloof Brothers” that kicked started the whole process on February 10, 2015 to fill the 17,500 seat T-Mobile Arena.
The process was started with a website called VegasWantsHockey.com which no longer exists. On that site, prospective fans that were interested in putting money down for season tickets could do so that started at $150 USD per seat.
For Foley and his group their goal was to secure 10,000 deposits from fans to show the league that Vegas was serious in their quest to land the 31st team.
So by setting that goal they enlisted the help from a group called “The Founding 75” in an effort to rally the community in putting down money on a team that at the time did not even exist.
Their duty was to reach out to the friends and family in the Vegas marketplace to generate ticket sales. The ticket deposit terms were set at 1, 3, 5, and even 10 year plans depending on which package you purchased.
In just two months time on March 15, 2015, “Vegas Wants Hockey” secured 9,000 season deposits by prospective fans in the community which was just short of their objective. That did not stop them as the group pressed forward to hit that mark.
It wasn’t until the last week of March on the 30th where the organization reached and exceed their initial goal set of securing 10,000 season ticket deposits when they announced the second phase of the drive.
On September 19, 2016 Foley and his team hit the 16,000 season ticket deposit mark when Las Vegas Sun’s Beat Writer Ray Brewer reported the news to the “Sin City” hockey community.
With tomorrow being an important day for the city of Seattle and the Oak View Group they hope to follow a similar path that Vegas has set in acquiring deposits from prospective fans in their community.
The Oak View Group has set up a website where hockey fans can go to for information regarding the drive and important frequently asked questions in the effort to better educate themselves in their decision making when committing their dollars to the cause.
That website can reached by clicking on this link: NHLSeattle.
Chris Daniels of King5 News up in Seattle was the first to report to the “Emerald City” community that season ticket deposits starts at $500 for regular seats and $1,000 for club level packages.
— Chris Daniels (@ChrisDaniels5) February 20, 2018
Daniels has been hot on the trail when reporting back real time information to hockey fans in the “Cascades” looking to be one of the many loyal members in history of a future NHL franchise hoping to see professional players hit the ice at Key Arena in 2020.
Tomorrow is a big day for #NHLToSeattle, #VegasBorn fans know that the ticket drive was the catalyst for the Las Vegas landing the 31st franchise of the @NHL. We are looking forward to seeing the process unfold for our friends up in the #EmeraldCity #Seattle2020 pic.twitter.com/WFSahta1Wu
— The Vegas Roundtable (@VegasKOTR) February 28, 2018