Black Knight Sports & Entertainment, LLC, along with The Howard Hughes Corporation, announced today the signing of a 20-year ground lease to build a practice facility for the newly awarded NHL franchise in Las Vegas.
The two-rink practice facility will be built on a 4.6 acre parcel located in Summerlin, a master-planned community in Las Vegas developed by The Howard Hughes Corporation. Summerlin has ranked among the best-selling master-planned communities in the country for much of its 26 years and was named in 2014 by Money magazine as one of the “Best Places to Live in America.” Groundbreaking on the new facility is expected to take place later this month with a tentative completion date set for August 2017.
The practice facility is located in Downtown Summerlin just east of Pavilion Center Drive and south of Griffith Peak Drive. Downtown Summerlin is the 400-acre urban core of Summerlin. Its 106-acre outdoor dining, retail and entertainment destination opened in 2014 and is today home to more than 125 brands. Attracting more than one million visitors each month, Downtown Summerlin has well established itself as a popular destination for residents throughout Clark County.
“It’s an honor for our area’s new NHL team to establish its practice facility in Downtown Summerlin where the community can easily connect with the team, as well as enjoy youth hockey, men’s tournament hockey, figure skating and more,” said Kevin Orrock, president of Summerlin for The Howard Hughes Corporation. “The addition of our city’s first professional sports franchise is a great fit for Downtown Summerlin and further strengthens Summerlin’s position as southern Nevada’s premier community.”
“Our hockey club is very appreciative of the commitment made by The Howard Hughes Corporation in conjunction with the development of our practice facility,” said Bill Foley, the NHL franchise’s majority owner. “This facility will be a giant step in the development of an expanded youth hockey and adult league program in Clark County. We would like to thank and acknowledge the leadership of the Clark County Commission, and in particular, Chairman Steve Sisolak and Commissioner Susan Brager, for their support.”
“A new ice age is dawning, and it isn’t just hockey fans who will rejoice,” said Steve Sisolak, chairman of the Clark County Commission. “This practice facility is where Bill Foley’s athletes will learn to gel as a team and work toward eventually bringing the Stanley Cup home to Las Vegas. During the off-season, it will serve as another kind of community jewel as an ice skating center open to the public, right next to an enticing array of restaurants and shops at Downtown Summerlin. They complement each other perfectly, and all of Las Vegas benefits. I can’t wait to see the doors open.”
Clark County Commissioner Susan Brager, who has one grandson on the UNLV ice hockey team and another who played hockey in college, noted how pleased she was about future team practices being held in Summerlin. “I am so proud that a facility of this importance to Clark County is being constructed here in District F,” she said. “Having a professional sports team right in our own backyard is a point of civic pride and an effort the entire community can rally behind.”
The Las Vegas NHL franchise will begin play in the 2017-2018 season.