April Magazines 2018 89014 - Page 74

Livin’ Local Hockey r e v Fe By J. Tyge O’Donnell B efore moving to this awesome city, I lived in Nashville, Tennessee. This was long before the NFL’s Tennessee Titans came to the town, followed soon by the Nashville Predators NHL team. With every visit I made to Music City thereafter, I couldn’t wrap my head around all the dedication my friends and family had as new and avid fans of the two sports. It was all foreign to me, and although I tried to be a fan of both teams, I just couldn’t relate while living over 2,000 miles away. Fast-forward to this past year; Las Vegas is now home to our first pro sports team, the Vegas Golden Knights. And you know what? I totally get it now! After following their endeavor that started with a simple pre-season ticket drive to gauge enthusiasm, and culminating with the emotional inaugural home game just 10 days after the tragedy at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival, I am now proud to say that I’m a loyal new fan of the Golden Knights and of hockey...so much so I’ve found myself also fre- quenting the team’s practice facility at City National Arena. If you haven’t already been among the 17,500 attendees at a VGK home game, or have yet to check out the new practice facility in Summerlin, I suggest getting with the program, because the Golden Knights are breaking all kinds of records and have the momentum to keep it going. A Night at the Game 74 All VGK home games are held at T-Mobile arena, but you needn’t drive all the way to the Strip to get there. Local RTC busses offer no hassle pick-up points in all four cor- ners of the Vegas Valley at three 30-minute intervals before the games for a mere $2. Of course, there are rideshare options and some local bars and restaurants have their own shuttles to transport their patrons. If you insist on driving, hopefully you pur- chased a pre-season parking pass, good at a number of nearby, designated hotels. Otherwise, be prepared to pay at least $20 to park. March/April 2018