Las Vegas Hockey Team Building Arena On Casino Roof

When the ECHL Las Vegas Wranglers failed to extend their lease at Orleans Arena, the team took an unconventional route in finding a new home. The Wranglers plan to spend $4 million to build a new, 3,500-seat venue on the roof of the Plaza Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, according to the Law Vegas Review-Journal (via Extra Mustard). The 11-year-old team draws about 4,600 per game, and is widely known for its zany promotions (Indoor Winter Classic, anyone?), so playing their 36 home games on the roof of a casino doesn’t really seem that far off the map. Vision Building Systems, LLC, a Las Vegas-based modular building company, will build the metal structure — which will be covered with a fabric shell — on top of the hotel and casino in a spot that was once a parking garage, so it’s able to handle the weight of the venue. The team plans to rent out the arena during off-times throughout the hockey season to increase revenue, but it won’t keep the ice in place during the Vegas summer. The Wranglers finished 12-31 in the 2013-14 season.

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