The D and Vegas Golden Knights recently announced a partnership that will make The D the official downtown Las Vegas casino for the new NHL team. The six-year sponsorship is an exclusive deal. There will a slew of events taking place in downtown Las Vegas with Las Vegas’ first major professional sports franchise and The D.
In addition to the partnership, Derek Stevens, owner of The D, announced that his company is making a $100,000 donation to the Vegas Golden Knights Foundation. Some of the events planned by the Vegas Golden Knights and The D include:
- Annual Fan Fest in Downtown Las Vegas in the off-season
- Special watch parties at the D for every Vegas Golden Knights game
- Player appearances at the property
- Official merchandise pop-up shop at the D
- Game tickets for purchase at Concierge
- The D Las Vegas Zamboni wrap at Vegas Golden Knights’ Summerlin training facility
The Longbar at The D is already one of the best places to watch sports in downtown Las Vegas. The TV’s are large, have great pictures, and are easy to see. This instantly makes the casino the place to be for all hockey fans with special events and appearances by Vegas Golden Knights players.
I can hear it now, “I just ran into Marc-André Fleury and some other players just hanging out at The D!”
“Coming from Detroit, which is a true Hockeytown, I’ve had the opportunity to see how Mike Ilitch with Little Caesars Arena, and Pete Karmanos with Compuware AAA Hockey have impacted the community and youth sports,” said Stevens. “I am hoping to bring the same spirit to Las Vegas.”
Mayor Carolyn Goodman said, “There have been many investors in my time in Las Vegas, but there has never been anyone quite like Derek Stevens. Every time he commits to doing something, he does it quickly and wholeheartedly. His six-year agreement with the Vegas Golden Knights is such an honor for this community, and we’re so thrilled to have the team in our city.”
The Vegas Golden Knights will play their home games at T-Mobile Arena on the Vegas Strip behind New York-New York. Expect to see some kind of partnership with the Vegas Golden Knights and MGM Resorts. The casino operator owns 50% of T-Mobile Arena.
The team recently announced that their first home game will be against the Los Angeles Kings during the preseason on September, 26. The summer will be busy for the Vegas Golden Knights as they fill out the roster for their first season in the league.
If you’re a hockey fan you’ll want to keep any eye on the upcoming schedule release. This will give you ample time to plan a visit to Las Vegas to see your favorite play the Golden Knights. Not that anyone needs any excuse to visit Las Vegas but it’s always fun to plan a trip around an event.
Marc Meltzer covers Las Vegas, gaming and men’s lifestyle for various outlets. Check out his blog at Edge Vegas.