SBD/April 18, 2014/Facilities

ECHL Las Vegas Wranglers Won't Have Rooftop Rink, Citing Structural Concerns

The ECHL Las Vegas Wranglers are moving their "proposed rooftop ice-rink facility at the Plaza to a ground-level parking lot at the hotel-casino on Main Street," according to Alan Snel of the LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL. Wranglers spokesperson Lucy Stewart "cited structural issues for shifting the tentlike arena structure to the Plaza parking lot on the south side of the hotel parking lot." The new site plan "shows the seating surrounding the entire rink." Under the previous plan, seating was "in the shape of horseshoe around the rink." The new rink location at the Plaza also "means less parking." Wranglers President & COO Billy Johnson in a text message wrote, "We wanted to explore a higher seating capacity.” Snel noted the "first rooftop plan allowed seating for 3,500 fans," and the second parking lot plan submitted Wednesday "showed more space for fans." An exact number of seats "was not submitted." The Wranglers are "moving from The Orleans Arena because the Boyd Gaming property chose to not renew the arena lease with the hockey team" (LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL, 4/17).
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