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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