Construction has begun on the new home of the Henderson Silver Knights, the new AHL affiliate of the Vegas Golden Knights. The Golden Knights purchased the San Antonio Rampage earlier this year for a 2020-2021 AHL season move. The team will play at Orleans Arena until the new Henderson arena is completed.
The Henderson Event Center is being built at the Henderson Pavilion site at Green Valley and Paseo Verde parkways in Henderson. The new $84 million facility, funded equally by the Golden Knights and the city, is expected to open in the 2022-2023 season as home to the Silver Knights.
The Henderson Event Center will seat 6,019 and will be used for a variety of events, including concerts by the Henderson Symphony Orchestra and high-school events like graduations.
Vegas Golden Knights Chairman and CEO Bill Foley announced on February 6 that the Golden Knights had purchased an American Hockey League franchise membership from Spurs Sports & Entertainment (which operateD the San Antonio Rampage in San Antonio, TX) and are applying for relocation of the franchise to Henderson/Las Vegas, Nevada. The purchase and relocation was subsequently approved by the American Hockey League Board of Governors.
Golden Knights ownership says it has received over 7,000 deposits for full- and partial-season tickets.
Head Coach Announced
On Monday the Silver Knights announced the hiring of Manny Viveiros as the team’s first head coach. The former NHL defenseman last served as head coach of the Spokane Chiefs of the WHL in 2019-20.
Vegas Golden Knights GM Kelly McCrimmon released a statement on the hiring:
“Whether it’s been on the ice, behind the bench or in the front office, Manny Viveiros has been a part of the game at every level. In our search for the Silver Knights Head Coach, we were looking for someone who could not only lead a winning team to the Calder Cup Championship but could set a positive example for our prospects. We’re confident Manny is up for the task and are excited to see his impact on our organization.”
Welcome home, Coach!! 🏠
— Henderson Silver Knights (@HSKnights) August 31, 2020
By Jon Sorensen