Soon it will be "knight" time in Henderson, Nev., just outside Las Vegas
. The city council last week unanimously voted in favor of a proposal for the Golden Knights hockey team
to take over the Henderson Convention Center
and transform it into their new complex, complete with two NHL-regulation rinks, meeting space, a restaurant and retail space.
The vote enacted a 180-day window for the city of Henderson and Black Knight Sports and Entertainment LLC, the team's ownership group, to negotiate terms of the project.
The new locale will mimic the operations of the Knights' current practice facility in nearby Summerlin.Aside from Knights business, the new space will also be used for public recreation, including hockey instruction, tournaments, youth camps and more.
"We're excited right now to be considering the site on Water Street," team president Kerry Bubolz
said to the Henderson council. "When we got to the playoffs last year, the enthusiasm and energy coming from the Henderson community for our team and for our franchise really solidified our [desire to be in Henderson]."
The new arena will sit on 3.2 acres located at the southwest corner of Water Street and Atlantic Avenue. The Henderson facility will be the first of its kind for people in the south part of town.