NHL Practice Facility to Break Ground in Las Vegas

The city’s first professional sports franchise will celebrate the start of construction on the 105,000-square-foot building on Oct. 5.

By Gail Kalinoski

The practice facility development site in Summerlin, Nev.
The practice facility development site in Summerlin, Nev.

Las Vegas—An official groundbreaking ceremony will be held Oct. 5 to mark the start of construction of a practice facility in Downtown Summerlin for the new NHL team in Las Vegas, the city’s first professional sports franchise.

The 105,000-square-foot building with two rinks is being constructed on a 4.6-acre parcel on Pavilion Center Drive, within the 300-acre urban core of the master-planned Summerlin community developed by The Howard Hughes Corp. The $24 million project is expected to be completed by August 2017, two months before the as yet unnamed hockey team begins its first season in the new T-Mobile Arena on the Las Vegas Strip. The $350 million, 650,000-square-foot arena opened in April.

Black Knight Sports & Entertainment LLC, headed by Bill Foley, worked for more than two years to bring an NHL franchise to Las Vegas, before getting the official word on June 22. Since then, the team has sold 16,000 season tickets, easily surpassing its goal of 10,000.

The practice facility, which will also be used for youth and adult hockey leagues and other activities in Clark County, is being built within Downtown Summerline, the largest retail development to be completed in the region since the recession. Home to more than 125 stores and restaurants and more than 1.4 million square feet of outdoor retail, dining and entertainment offerings, Downtown Summerlin has been open since 2014.

Black Knight and Howard Hughes Corp. agreed recently to a 20-year ground lease for the site. Gillette Construction of Las Vegas will build the facility.

“Our hockey club is very appreciative of the commitment made by The Howard Hughes Corporation in conjunction with the development of our practice facility,” Foley, the team’s majority owner, said in a prepared statement. “This facility will be a giant step in the development of an expanded youth hockey and adult league program in Clark County.”

Kevin Orrock, president of Summerlin for The Howard Hughes Corp., said it was an honor to have the practice facility for the first professional sports team in Las Vegas be located in Summerlin.

“This will be another amenity for our residents and further distinguish Summerlin as the premier place to live in the region,” he said in prepared remarks. “The practice facility will also provide the community with a venue to host other sporting activities such as youth hockey and figure skating.”

The Dallas-based Howard Hughes Corp., which owns, manages and develops commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate throughout the United States, including master planned communities, began developing Summerlin, located about 12 miles from downtown Las Vegas, in the 1990s. Summerlin encompasses 22,500 acres and has roughly 7,000 undeveloped acres. It is home to more than 100,000 residents in single-family homes and townhomes; 22 public and private schools; 14 houses of worship; nine golf courses; more than 150 miles of trails and many parks along with shopping centers, business parks and medical facilities. In addition to retail and restaurants, Downtown Summerlin includes a nine-story office building, One Summerlin.

Image courtesy of Black Knight Sports & Entertainment