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T-Mobile Arena Open House Recap

Look back at all the action from T-Mobile Arena during the Golden Knights' 24-hour Open House

by Dan Marrazza @GoldenKnights / VegasGoldenKnights.com

From 8:00 AM on February 21 until 8:00 AM on February 22, T-Mobile Arena hosted a unique Open House.

While hope that many of you will masw it down to enjoy the festivities with us, you can also look back at all of the events here on what was our 24-hour running Open House Blog.

8:00 AM

Exactly 24 hours after we started, our Open House has now ended. More than 9,000 fans attended.

The entire Golden Knights organization has been blown away by the support, which is very much appreciated.

We can't wait to see everyone back out at T-Mobile Arena again soon.

 

Tweet from @GoldenKnights: 24 hours later, our Open House is over. We would like to thank the more than 9,000 fans that attended. You guys are the best! #BoldInGold pic.twitter.com/8p5qzXI0o8

 

7:07 AM

Our last winner of the day has just rung the gong. Perhaps it was fitting that the loudest was saved for last?

 

Tweet from @GoldenKnights: Sun's up, and we have another winner of home opener tickets. Is it just us or is the gong getting louder? #BoldInGold pic.twitter.com/rOlnLJitEy

 

6:09 AM

We've officially made it through the night at T-Mobile Arena!

Or perhaps we should say Knight?

 

Tweet from @GoldenKnights: Beautiful sunrise over the Las Vegas Strip this morning. We're still going strong, just under two hours left in our Open House. #BoldInGold pic.twitter.com/IwQaxFqHP2

 

6:03 AM

The gong has been going all night long for winners.

Tweet from @GoldenKnights: Sign up at 3:55, win tickets to the home opener at 4:00. That's how we do it at @TMobileArena. #BoldInGold pic.twitter.com/xwyoOPVXbM

 

Tweet from @GoldenKnights: Our 2:00 AM home opener ticket winners David and Kylie are #BoldInGold pic.twitter.com/2f43SN6jKX

 

Tweet from @GoldenKnights: We're here with your 5:00 AM wakeup call. #BoldInGold pic.twitter.com/VA7Qb9D12E

3:13 AM

What's really been interesting to see is what sort of crowd is showing up at this time of night.

From talking to our guests, it seems as if many are either getting off or beginning their work shifts (isn't that what they say about Las Vegas being a three-shift town?)

We had one group that came together after finishing their shift at the Beerhaus at 1:30.

 

Tweet from @GoldenKnights: What do you do when you finish working the late shift at Beerhaus? In Vegas, you come down to a hockey rink. #BoldInGold pic.twitter.com/QiAnAT50U6

 

We also had one guy stop by before his shift at Monte Carlo, and a handful of Aria employees came in right after their shifts.

One of them ended up winning tickets to our home opener in the 3:00 AM hour. 

 

2:31 AM

Foot traffic has slowed considerably over the past few hours.

But what's impressed us is that there has been a steady flow of people in T-Mobile Arena all night. The team's staff has been working nonstop, and even though the amount of traffic has slowed since last night, there still is a lot of enthusiasm every hour, when someone wins tickets to our home opener.

After all, that's what enables them to ring our gong.

Tweet from @GoldenKnights: Win the tickets, hit the gong! pic.twitter.com/VSTYI5znXA

 

Tweet from @GoldenKnights: Vegas residents Gerardo and Mike are our 1 a.m. winners and will be going to the home opener in October! ���� pic.twitter.com/qTg4kGRKX7

 

We also had to do a double take when one of our visitors arrived where a vintage IHL Las Vegas Thunder jersey. We don't see too many of those anymore, but loved the nod to this city's hockey history.

 

Tweet from @GoldenKnights: 2:30 AM is always better when we're visited by old IHL Las Vegas Thunder fans. #BoldInGold pic.twitter.com/Ltqle31Gg6

 

12:00 AM

Over the past few hours, we've seen the departure of the "day" crowd and arrival of the "night" crowd. This has made for some spirited pickup hockey games on the arena floor.

It's also made for some uncharted territory as our Open House began its second day.

As far as we know, no NHL team has ever hosted an Open House that has shifted into a second day like this, with no break in between.

 

Tweet from @GoldenKnights: When you hear the gong, it means it's midnight, and we're now officially in Day 2 of our @TMobileArena Open House. #BoldInGold pic.twitter.com/Y3uEA0detj

 

10:11 PM

We're now a bit past our halfway point, and foot traffic has slowed down a bit in T-Mobile Arena.

But while the numbers have thinned a bit, it's been made up for by the continuous flow of action.

 

Tweet from @GoldenKnights: Anyone looking to play some late-night hockey? We'll still be going strong for another 10 hours at @TMobileArena. #BoldInGold pic.twitter.com/puyPLdDMsB

 

8:00 PM

We've officially hit our halfway point!

 

Tweet from @GoldenKnights: 8:00 is almost bed time for some. For us, our Open House is still only halfway done. Anyone out there joining us tonight? #BoldInGold pic.twitter.com/TK6xstfbm3

 

7:07 PM

We just check in with a few of our ticket winners, who by attending our Open House ended up winning free tickets to our team's home opener this October.

We've done about 11 of these now, but seeing the winners' faces never stops being a whole lot of fun.

 

 

 

5:51 PM

Golden Knights owner Bill Foley just finished meeting with the media.

 

 

In addition to our Open House, he was also asked about other pertinent issues such as the Raiders and the Golden Knights' process of continuing to fill out the team's business and hockey staffs.

On what's been a pretty lighthearted day today, most of the questions matched in tone.

 However, Foley delivered one answer that seemed to to epitomize the team's day at T-Mobile Arena. After all, its not every day that a team holds a 24-hour Open House at its arena.

 

 Tweet from @GoldenKnights: "This is a 24-hour event because we're a 24-hour city....We're Las Vegas' team." -- Bill Foley.

 

4:43 PM

The activity on the arena is starting to get intense. We've seen a few slap shots ride high, a few goalies take a couple stingers and a few giant games of Jenga have made crashing noises upon conclusion.

 

 

We've also had quite a few kids getting in some good shots on the arena floor, too.

 

Tweet from @TMobileArena: Some future @GoldenKnights are out here getting some shots in! #BoldinGold ���� pic.twitter.com/zJs3QMPufn

 

4:20 PM

Something that has made this morning and afternoon more fun for our team has been the presence of CBS RADIO.

Throughout the day, CBS RADIO has been on-site, producing a variety of programs live from T-Mobile Arena. The consensus seems to be the same: everyone is just hungering for the day when our team has players and when our team plays games.

Although he hasn't played in the NHL since 2000, one NHL player on staff is senior vice president Murray Craven, who played in the league for 18 years.

Craven is currently a guest on KLUC 98.5. For those of you listening on the radio, he's what Craven's radio interview looks like, behind the scenes.

 

 

 

2:23 PM

As fans roll on in -we've had more than a few thousand already, for sure, and are only about six hours into the Open House, more and more are making their way to the arena floor. It's there that they have the opportunity to participate in a variety of interactive games.

 

Tweet from @GoldenKnights: Target practice! Hockey Ops Assistant Keith Veronesi leading a shooting demonstration for some young fans at @TMobileArena. ���� pic.twitter.com/SwOq8NXr5M

 

1:15 PM

Just awarded another fan with tickets to our first-ever home game this October.

 

Tweet from @GoldenKnights: Another winner! Amosa from Las Vegas won two tix to our home opener. We are giving away two every hour until 8 a.m. Wed at our Open House! �� pic.twitter.com/X2wNgiM0Vy

 

10:07 AM

One of the real interesting things that we've seen so far this morning is people's reactions when they find out they've won free tickets to our home opener this October (exact date TBD).

Reactions have ranged from excited to delirium.

Here is one happy family who smiled for our camera after their victory.

 

Tweet from @GoldenKnights: Congrats to Vegas residents Matt and Danielle who just won two tickets to our home opener! Come by @TMobileArena for your chance to win. ���� pic.twitter.com/Mk5PhEuky8

 

The other fun part of seeing two winners selected every hour is seeing the look on people's faces when they ring our ceremonial gong to signal their win.

 

Tweet from @GoldenKnights: Pretty simple... come to the Open House, enter the drawing, win the drawing, hit the gong to celebrate �� #EnterWinGong pic.twitter.com/S02V2Mj225

 

Is it possible that nobody has actually rang a gong before?

8:41 AM

We've had hundreds of people come through the gates in the first hour here. We also go to see this beauty of a hockey stick, which Golden Knights head equipment manager Chris Davidson-Adams showed off for us.

 Tweet from @GoldenKnights: Check out one of the first prototypes of a Vegas Golden Knights hockey stick pic.twitter.com/AMkKEPd1Wb

 

Of course, NHL players have their own model of sticks that they tend to favor.

So we're not sure how many Golden Knights will use a stick like this. But still, what a beauty this stick is

 

8:34 AM

It wasn't quite what we expected, but we saw fans actually camped out on Toshiba Plaza, waiting to come running into T-Mobile Arena the second the doors opened.

We're not sure if they slept here. But they were out in chairs, ready to go before we even started. That's awesome!

7:43 AM

We're only about 15 minutes from the doors opening. But looking at the setup on the arena floor, it really has us anticipating the coming day here. 

Tweet from @GoldenKnights: Shooting cage is ready! ���� pic.twitter.com/nGg4zY6GGJ

 

We hope many of you can come by to take your best shot!

4:32 AM

Hey, Golden Knights fans! It's super early in the morning, a few hours before the doors to our Open House open at 8:00 AM.

In a way, being at T-Mobile Arena this early kind of feels like getting up for youth hockey practice, before dawn, when your mom or dad drags you out of bed and helps you throw your gear on.

 

Tweet from @GoldenKnights: Calm before the storm! Doors open at 8 a.m. PT for the 24-Hour Open House. Vegas, who's up with us right now? pic.twitter.com/X0AymwDc4H

 

Except we're not even tired.

We're really excited about what today's going to bring, and hope you're here either in person, or to follow along on VegasGoldenKnights.com.

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