Las Vegas Arena footage captured by a drone. (via Shawn Kellogg/YouTube)
The Las Vegas Arena is nearly one year away from completion, but you can take your first look inside the building thanks to video captured of the site by a drone. The $375-million, 650,000 sq. ft. building is slated to open in April 2016 and will seat more than 17,000 fans for a hockey game.
As the Las Vegas season ticket drive rolls on with numbers reportedly eclipsing the 11,000 seat mark, it seems like ever more certain that Bill Foley's dream of bringing a team to Nevada will come to fruition. If it does, the team is going to need a place to play, and thanks to video captured by a drone, we can take our first look inside the Las Vegas arena.
The drone flight into the building takes a quick look at the structural progress that is being made. While the arena itself still remains nearly a year away from completion, it's interesting to see just how big the 17,500 seat arena already looks. Check it out:
While the arena isn't as far along as, say, the Quebec City arena which already appears to have most of the seating in as well as concourses built and ready to go, it shows that steady progress is being made and that should a team put down roots in Las Vegas, they'd probably be ready to go by the 2016-17 campaign.
According to the Las Vegas Arena website, the official opening will be in 353 days, on April 29, 2016, which would give a full off-season for any team playing out of the building nearly half a year to prepare to take the ice two seasons from now.
The $375 million, 650,000 sq. ft. building broke ground roughly one year ago today, on May 1, 2014.
Speculation about when a formal vote on a franchise in Las Vegas will take place has been running rampant for weeks, with some reports saying it could happen as soon as September when the NHL's board of governors meet before the 2015-16 season begins.
It has been reported that the board of governors and team general managers plan on meeting in Las Vegas in June, around the time of the NHL Awards. Foley is expected to meet with the board of governors at that time to discuss the possibility for expansion.