Work on a new Henderson arena has begun, as the future Nevada home of the Henderson Silver Knights (AHL), is starting to take shape in the Las Vegas suburb.
The new arena is being built at the Henderson Pavilion site at Green Valley and Paseo Verde parkways in Henderson. The beginning of the project comes with the demolition of the Henderson Pavilion. That outdoor facility was in poor shape before the decision was made to put the new Henderson Event Center at its site, with its outdoor roof damaged and other issues identified by city officials.
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 lead architect is Klai Juba Wald Architecture and Interiors, with Perkins+Will as a support specialty architect. Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. is the lead designer and builder. 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.
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. Expect the new arena to become the most popular venue in the American Hockey League: the Golden Knights ownership says it has received over 7,000 deposits for full- and partial-season tickets.
Henderson is going on quite the arena spree these days. First, the city has partnered with the Vegas Golden Knights on a new two-sheet facility, Lifeguard Arena, that will be the practice home of the Silver Knights as well as the team headquarters. The Henderson facility will give the Golden Knights a presence throughout Vegas: the team’s practice facility is in Summerlin, on the west side of the metro area, and hosts a variety of events in addition to team practices. The Golden Knights play games at T-Mobile Arena, just off the Strip.
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