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City National Arena

City National Arena is the practice facility and team headquarters of the Vegas Golden Knights of the National Hockey League. City National Arena opened on September 18, 2017 and is located in Summerlin, Nevada, a suburb of Las Vegas. It contains the headquarters for the team, a team store, and a MacKenzie River Pizza, Grill & Pub restaurant, among other features. It is also the home venue for the UNLV Rebels hockey program, the Las Vegas Jesters of the Mountain West Hockey League, and the Junior Golden Knights.

City National Arena
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Address1550 South Pavilion Center Drive
LocationSummerlin, Nevada
Coordinates36°09′14″N 115°19′46″W / 36.1540°N 115.3294°W / 36.1540; -115.3294Coordinates: 36°09′14″N 115°19′46″W / 36.1540°N 115.3294°W / 36.1540; -115.3294
Public transitBus interchange RTC Transit Downtown Summerlin Transit Facility
OwnerVegas Golden Knights (building)
Howard Hughes Corporation (land)
OperatorVegas Golden Knights
Capacity600 (per rink)
Surface200' x 85' (Rinks 1 and 2)
Construction
Broke groundOctober 5, 2016
OpenedSeptember 18, 2017
Construction cost$25–30 million
ArchitectLeo A Daly
Tenants
Vegas Golden Knights (practice facility)
UNLV Skatin' Rebels (NCAA)
Las Vegas Jesters (MWHL)
Junior Golden Knights

HistoryEdit

 
One of the arena's two ice rinks during an open skate event in 2018.

Ground was broken on City National Arena on October 5, 2016 shortly after the National Hockey League granted Las Vegas an expansion franchise due to play beginning in the 2017-18 NHL season. It was also built partly to be a hub for recreational and youth hockey for Southern Nevada.[1] In July 2017, the team now named the Vegas Golden Knights reached a multi year deal with City National Bank for the naming rights of the facility branding it as City National Arena.[2] The facility opened on September 18, 2017 after 11 months of construction. County Commissioner Steve Sisolak declared the day “City National Arena Day”.[3]

The arena is the home of the UNLV Skatin' Rebels hockey program. The Rebels moved to the arena from splitting time between the Las Vegas Ice Center and SoBe Ice Arena over the previous ten years. City National Arena becoming the home to the Rebel's hockey program allowed the program to move up to Division I.[4] The team's first game at the arena was on September 22, 2017, a 3-0 loss against Colorado University.

The arena also hosts showcases for the Western States Hockey League.

The facility is owned by the Vegas Golden Knights on land owned by the Howard Hughes Corporation. The primary designer of the facility was Murray Craven who was the Vegas Golden Knights first senior vice president and a 17-year NHL veteran. Craven took what he thought to be the best features among other practice faculties around the league and incorporated them into City National Arena. The facility is two floors and 146,000 square feet and features two regulation rinks, team locker rooms for both the Golden Knights and UNLV, sports medicine facilities, equipment room, video room, player lounge, coaches’ offices, restaurant and bar, team store, skate rental, and snack bar. Team offices are on the second floor.[5] The facility has become a favorite among players.[6]

The Golden Knights practice and UNLV play on Rink 1 which is branded as Summerlin Hospital Rink. Both Rinks 1 and 2 have a capacity of 600. Rink 2 is branded the Star Nursery Rink

Soon after the opening of the City National Arena in 2017, Las Vegas Ballpark was constructed on land behind the building for the Las Vegas Aviators baseball team.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Vegas Breaks Ground On Practice Facilty [sic]". NHL.com. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  2. ^ "Golden Knights practice facility named City National Arena". LasVegasSun.com. 2017-07-24. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  3. ^ "Official Grand Opening Of "City National Arena"". Knights of The Roundtable. 2017-09-18. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  4. ^ "UNLV hockey club excited about new home and new league". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 2017-09-12. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  5. ^ "Vegas Golden Knights' practice facility close to completion". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 2017-08-03. Retrieved 2018-06-08.
  6. ^ "City National Arena might be part of the secret to the Golden Knights' success". LasVegasSun.com. 2018-02-06. Retrieved 2018-06-08.

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