LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – Henderson is quickly becoming a sports hub in southern Nevada. And soon, it will house a brand new 6,000-seat arena.
Construction of the Dollar Loan Center began in October of last year. Over the next year, the construction crews made tremendous progress. Gabriel Mirabelli, director of corporate operations for the Vegas Golden Knights, says they have just a few months left to deliver a new home for several sports in Henderson.
“It’s a tight schedule, but we knew what we wanted and are really excited about the progress so far,” said Mirabelli.
The construction crews have just taken a few important steps: installing seats in the lower bowl, building the complex refrigeration system to keep the rink cold, and laying the concrete slab of ice so the Silver Knights have a surface to skate on.
“What you don’t see below are tons of pipes running the continuous length of the ice surface up and down. And it connects to some valves that are out there that go back to our CIMCO ice maker, which cools it down, ”said Mirabelli, indicating where the piping is under the freshly poured concrete. “So listen, you just need to make sure you get it right the first time around because you don’t want to have to go back and dig concrete.”
We’re also starting to see the identity of the arena come to life. Fans will enjoy food and drink on the premium outdoor patio with a view of the Las Vegas Strip in the background. Inside the arena, additional seats, suites, and decks offer views from all angles. And a lower roof will create a more intimate environment.
“We want to bring a product that’s really exciting, fast and fun to the city of Henderson. We’re trying to sort of emulate this college style hockey barn, trying to bring in a lot of energy, to make a lot of noise. We’re going to have a place for our castle, so some kind of lessons learned from T-Mobile. We think that’s a really good part of our show. So you’ll see some of the same things, but we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeve for here too, ”said Mirabelli.
The Dollar Loan Center will not only host hockey. It will also be home to the Southern Nevada Sports Hall Of Fame and the Vegas Knight Hawks, the new Valley Indoor Football League franchise, as well as several other sports.
“We built this building to be flexible. We can host hockey, basketball, gymnastics, volleyball, etc. events. Again, we want this to be for the town of Henderson, as well as our Henderson Silver Knights. high school athletics here, we want varsity athletics here, we really want this to be a building for the local community, ”said Mirabelli.
Mirabelli says the plan is to test the setup completed in February, so it will be ready for the Big West Basketball Championships March 8-12. It would be the very first paid event at the Dollar Loan Center. The Henderson Silver Knights are set to play their very first home game in the arena on April 2. And the Vegas Knight Hawks are set to debut at the Dollar Loan Center in early May.