Las Vegas NHL Team Finds A Training Facility and Operations Headquarters

Las Vegas NHL Team Finds A Training Facility and Operations Headquarters

The NHL team's training facility will be in Downtown Summerlin.
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The future Las Vegas National Hockey League team has found a location for its training facility and operations headquarters: Summerlin.

The franchise signed a 20-year lease for the property in Downtown Summerlin near Griffith Peak Drive and Pavilion Center Drive.

The team owner Bill Foley and main investor in the property wants the facility to be built and completed by mid-August next year , prior to the start of the 2017 season. The cost of the facility is around $24 million.

Las Vegas’ unnamed team will be playing their games at the T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip but will have practices and train in Summerlin.

There are also plans for this facility to form a bond with its new community. Foley wants to have a youth hockey program within the facility as it will have a two rinks in the facility, which is also perfect for those that enjoy ice skating or hockey. Building it in Summerlin is prime as it will be surrounded by numerous housing communities.

It provides a center location for the Summerlin community to visit and witness the development of Las Vegas' first national sports team. Downtown Summerlin is still a new shopping plaza, engulfed by all sorts of shops and restaurants. The combination will increase the business and attention to the site.

Hopefully, the facility will also provide a minor-league affiliate with the Las Vegas team. In the National Hockey League, all current 30 teams have an affiliation agreement with the American Hockey League (AHL).The AHL serves as a development league for certain NHL players to play in particular AHL teams. The AHL has 27 teams, two of which are in Canada.

As Las Vegas' first and brand new sports team, the big questions fans are asking is when will they confirm the team’s name and logo? What will be this Las Vegas team’s colors?

Foley confirmed a name has been picked and is in the negotiations with Adidas to manufacture and design their jerseys.

The progress with the team is improving but still needs to overcome certain obstacles. Besides the team name and jersey design, the business side of the sports team is still searching for a president for the business of operations; this is who will control the facility and the market for the team.

So far, Las Vegas' NHL team is on the move and already has a general manager, a sports arena and ticket holders. It has been announced there have been deposits of 16,000 season tickets so far.

Cover Image Credit: Ben Foley by AP Photo/John Locher

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6 Places in New York City Every "Friends" Fan Needs to Visit

Grab a cup of coffee at Central Park.
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As a Friends fanatic myself, I often wonder about the places in New York City featured in the various episodes and whether I could actually visit them. Most of them are fictional or no longer exist, but there are a few places you can go to reminisce about your favorite Friends moments. So, here are 6 places in New York City you definitely need to visit as a Friends fan.

1. The Apartment Building, Obviously

The building used for the exterior shot of the apartments in Friends is real, and is located at 90 Bedford Street at the corner of Grove Street in Greenwich Village. It's an obvious must-see.

2. The Pullitzer Fountain

This is the fountain that the friends danced around in for the iconic theme song, and it's located right in Central Park.

3. Bloomingdale's

This is the department where Rachel worked before she moved on to Ralph Lauren, where she met Joshua, and where she started her career in fashion.

4. The Plaza Hotel

This is where Monica and Chandler celebrated their engagement in The One WIth Monica's Thunder, and is actually really gorgeous.

5. The Central Perk Replica

While Central Perk isn't a real coffee shop, a pop-up replica opened up in 2014 on Lafayette Street and it's definitely a must-visit.

6. Chandler's Office

The fictional Chandler works in the real Solow Building, located on West 57th street.

Cover Image Credit: Fame Focus

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What It's Like To Be A Boston Sports Fan In 2019

Winning twelve championships between four sports since the year 2000, it's truly hard not to respect greatness. It's not only the talent that attracts the attention. Boston sports fans are known for being well... intense would be an understatement. He's why Boston sports fans are the way they are, and why they expect nothing less than winning from their teams.

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Anyone who's grown up in a New England diehard family has heard all the stories. Our parents and grandparents experience championship droughts as long as sixteen years and even eighty-six between World Series Championships. And yet, they still put on their jerseys, bought their tickets and showed up to root their teams on and pray for a miracle. The miracle came in 2004 when the Red Sox finally "reversed the curse" and defeated the St.Louis Cardinals to bring a title back to the city that had longed for one, for so long.

The Patriots had won two years prior and were on route to take another Super Bowl victory that following spring, and Boston fans couldn't have been capable of predicting what was to come.

Fast forward fourteen years and the Red Sox have won another three times, the Patriots another four times and the Celtics and Bruins each adding another victory to the ever-growing total. Kids are growing up in a time where all they know is the greatness that Boston sports teams have to offer. Our parents and their parents who waited years to see championship teams at times are now watching a generation who has the luxury of a Duck Boat Parade almost annually. So why the change in the performance of teams?

Boston sports have always attracted hall of fame talented athletes. Larry Bird, Carl Yastrzemsky, Teddy Bruschi and Bobby Orr, all legends in the sports world, yet teams today are outperforming and soaring past fans expectations. The difference? Boston still is attracting legends...I mean hello can you say, David Ortiz? Zdano Chara? TOM BRADY!? But these athletes aren't only bringing talent, they're bringing camaraderie, inspiration and a new attitude to a once hopeless city.

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