While T-Mobile Arena will be the epicenter for the Vegas Golden Knights when they begin play in October, Downtown Las Vegas will have its own Golden Knights home base: the D Hotel.
On Tuesday, the Golden Knights and the D Las Vegas announced a six-year partnership at a press event at the Fremont Street Experience.
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Vegas Golden Knights President Kerry Bubolz, Head Coach Gerard Gallant, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and D Las Vegas CEO Derek Stevens were on hand for the festivities at Fremont Street.
The partnership will include an annual Golden Knights fan fest in Downtown Las Vegas during each offseason, special watch parties at the D for every Golden Knights game, player appearances at the hotel and casino, an official Golden Knights pop-up shop at the D, game tickets for purchase at the D concierge desk and a D Las Vegas Zamboni wrap at the new practice facility in Summerlin.
In addition, the D Las Vegas will make a $100,000 donation to kickstart the Vegas Golden Knights foundation.
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"We're very excited for this partnership with Derek and the D Las Vegas," Golden Knights President Kerry Bubolz said. "Every time I hear him speak about Downtown Las Vegas, I get more and more excited about working with this part of the city."
Gallant was excited to see the fan response along the Fremont Street Experience, and the overwhelming support for the team across the city.
"It's very exciting," he said. "There's real good people here, you can see the excitement down here with the fans, so I think it's going to be great."
Stevens and Mayor Goodman, both avid hockey fans and key advocates for bringing NHL hockey to the Valley, were excited about the partnership, and about how the Golden Knights will impact the city.
At the conclusion of the event, Stevens presented Bubolz and Gallant with their very own custom D Hotel/Golden Knights blazers, with their names on the back.