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Golden Knights Have Become The Hardest Act To Follow On Vegas Strip

by Gary Lawless @GoldenKnights /

Las Vegas has long been home to major sporting events. Vegas knows how to do sports and it knows how to do buzz. So, while this will be the Stanley Cup Final's first visit to Vegas - don't expect the event to be tentative. Far from it.

Hagler-Hearns. UNLV basketball and Gucci Row. Fan Man parachuting into the ring at Bowe-Holyfield. Evel Knievel crashing at Ceasars Palace. National Finals Rodeo. Mayweather-McGregor.

Vegas has long come alive for big nights on the sporting calendar.

The Stanley Cup begins in Vegas on Monday with the Golden Knights hosting the Washington Capitals. And it may prove to be the biggest stretch of sports buzz the Strip has even seen.

Dan Quinn, Vice President and General Manager, T-Mobile Arena, is host to Golden Knights games, UFC cards and a wide array of sports content. If anyone knows how the Golden Knights have impacted Vegas, it's Quinn.

"Las Vegas is a big event city, that's certainly always what we have hosted and why we built T-Mobile Arena, not to only keep original events, but to go out and get bigger events," said Quinn. "The thing that's different from a lot of those other events is they're more tourist driven and out of market driven. So, you get great buzz in and around the property, when people start checking in like the week of a fight, they feel the buzz in the property itself. The building is electric on event night, but what's different about this buzz is it's throughout the entire Las Vegas community. It's not just about the arena or the Las Vegas Strip properties that are hosting the visitors that come in from out of town. You just feel this buzz throughout the whole city. I am constantly amazed whether we go to the kid's soccer games or picking them up or dropping them off at school. This entire town, everybody that we walk by, not only have they embraced it, but they're wearing VGK gear. It's incredible to see the buzz of the community and the way people have wrapped themselves around the Golden Knights."

Vegas has become a global city known for its dining, entertainment and shopping options as well as being a gaming mecca. The city has grown and now boasts a population north of 2 million. It was starved for a major professional sports franchise and the Golden Knights were the first to plant that flag.

Reaching the Stanley Cup in just one season has entrenched the team in the community and Quinn says one can see that on game night.

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