I rarely comment on this Forum, but I have to defend some of the wrong comments on here:
1) The Las Vegas Wranglers (ECHL) sold out, granted 6,000 seats, almost every game they played. There are lots of fans here to support the team.
2) The five major sports (I'm including soccer because of the large population from Mexico, and Central and South America) have avoided Las Vegas until recently because the population was too small. Now at approximately 2,000,000 and LA only 4 hours away, there will be plenty of fans at each game. I would not be surprised if a team from the NBA is next.
3) Casinos will NOT buy all the tickets and give to clients. That would take them away from the tables for too many hours.
4) The major difference between Phoenix and Las Vegas, in terms of a winter destination for tourists, is there is nothing else to do in Phoenix, but lots to do in Vegas. Think of the package deals fans will get from all those cold weather cities to see their team in action in Vegas...and then spend a couple of days and nights enjoying great weather, great food, great shows, and, yes, a bit of gambling.
5) And, to the comment about slot machines, not going to happen. Arenas cannot have gambling machines – slots, video poker, etc. – in an area frequented by under 21 youth. You can be assured that youth will stay true to hockey here.
6) You can stop with the gambling comments about affecting games. Regarding gambling, Las Vegas is more highly policed than almost any other city with gambling, like Atlantic City (near the Devils) or LA (yes there are casinos in LA) or, even, across the internet. It is more likely that a referee or player will be caught in a gambling issue in any other city in North America. Period.
7) The Great One, Wayne Gretzky, holds his Fantasy Camp in Vegas and loves it. From the NHL web site: "It really is a pure love," Gretzky told NHL.com Tuesday from the Bellagio, the host hotel for his annual event.