Community Focus Drives Design of Las Vegas NHL Practice Facility

Downtown Summerlin complex will bring youth and pro sports together

The new NHL expansion team in Las Vegas will practice in a facility designed to engage the local community, say architects LEO A DALY.

Las Vegas NHL Practice Facility Groundbreaking

The 120,000 square-foot complex, which broke ground Wednesday, will include two full sheets of ice, and serve not only Vegas’ first major professional sports team, but also local youth and adult leagues, as well as figure skaters.

“This design is all about drawing the community into the excitement of NHL hockey,” said Arnie Martinez, AIA, director of architecture for the international design firm. “In a couple years, you’ll come out here and see youth hockey players skating alongside the pros. That’s the kind of hockey culture we want to see here in Las Vegas!”

In addition to twin ice rinks, the two-story facility will include training functions, team offices, locker rooms, a pro shop, and concessions. Skate rental will be available to the public as well as seating for 600 spectators.

“Las Vegas has wanted a local identity, and our NHL team is geared toward our local community. This will be a practice facility that is open to the public, and will focus on developing and supporting youth hockey and adult leagues. All of Vegas will be proud of this facility,” said Bill Foley, owner of the Las Vegas team.

General Manager George McPhee called the facility the best in the business, according to the Las Vegas Sun.

Located near Pavilion Center Drive and Griffith Peak Drive, the new complex will be part of the master-planned mixed-use development of Downtown Summerlin.

LEO A DALY is leading the design team as part of a design/build effort, working with Gillett Construction, LLC. The facility is scheduled to be opened by Sept 1, 2017.

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