HENDERSON, NV (FOX5) –
Las Vegas continues to skate toward its goal of 10,000 season ticket deposits for a potential NHL franchise.
The man working tirelessly to reach that mark is Bill Foley, the team’s potential principal owner.
Foley visited FOX5 Friday afternoon by himself, with no entourage, continuing to sell a valley of 2 million residents on the NHL.
“Meeting with local business leaders, just trying to get around and see everybody and let them all know how important this team could be for Las Vegas; not just identity-wise, but economic development,” Foley said.
After the first two weeks of the ticket drive, Foley said 7,350 deposits have been paid with another 300 committed.
The most impressive aspect of that number: The tickets aren’t being bought by resorts on the Strip.
“We don’t want to sell a lot of tickets to casinos because the casinos are going to use them as comps, as incentives for room sales… and that’s not our goal. We want this to be a Las Vegas team,” Foley said. “We want kids, families, we want locals going to these games.”
The NHL could vote on expansion as early as June. Commissioner Gary Bettman’s appearance in Las Vegas two weeks ago was encouraging, but Foley, who’s net worth is $600 million according to Forbes, wants to leave no doubt when it comes time for the decision.
“We want to give the NHL the evidence Las Vegas is a hockey city. Present the season tickets, the deposits, the drive, what we’ve done, what our plans are and then it’s in their hands.”
The Las Vegas Arena continues to make progress and is fully on schedule to open next spring.
Foley will build the team a practice facility and continues to go on the record that he will spend to bring top free agents.
“These guys make a lot of money, we’re gonna bring a lot of millionaires in to buy houses, go to restaurants and be with the community,”
More of Jon Castagnino’s interview with Foley will air Sunday night at 10:45 p.m. on FOX5 Sports Plus.
Season ticket information can be found, here.
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