Henderson and sports officials are ready to double down with the opening of the Dollar Loan Center arena.
The $84 million facility is hosting its first event this week – the Big West Basketball Championships which run Tuesday through Saturday. The 6,000-capacity arena hosts two sports teams, the Vegas Silver Knights of the American Hockey League and the Vegas Knight Hawks of the Indoor Football League.
Designed as a smaller version of the Golden Knights’ home ice, the 6,000-capacity arena will host two sports teams, the American Hockey League’s Vegas Silver Knights and the Football League’s Vegas Knight Hawks. indoors.
Golden Knights team owner Bill Foley said he’s excited about the possibilities the Valley’s new athletic facility has to offer.
“I think what we’ve really done here is build a mini T-Mobile,” Foley said. “It’s about a third the size, but this version of T-Mobile, the Dollar Loan Center, is on steroids. I mean, it’s gorgeous on the inside and has all the amenities you’d want in an event center. It’s great for us and our teams.
The arena seats 5,573 fans for the Silver Knights and Knight Hawks games, with the ability to accommodate nearly 500 more via standing-room sections.
“There really isn’t a bad place in the house,” Foley said. “We went to great lengths in the design process to make sure the sight lines for indoor football, basketball or hockey are all perfect from anywhere in that arena.”
Dollar Loan Center also offers premium seating, including 28 suites, including four party suites, 167 club seats and 92 lodge seats.
The facility also includes a Craggy Range Sports Bar & Grill restaurant which will be open daily from Monday. Naming rights partner, Dollar Loan Center, also has an onsite retail short-term loan outlet that is open daily.
The Silver Knights team store, The Armory, will also be open daily for fans to pick up their favorite gear.
Crews built the 200,000 square foot facility in about 18 months, largely on the backs of 1,282 people working 415,000 man hours.
To show his appreciation for their hard work, Dollar Loan Center founder and arena naming rights sponsor Chuck Brennan gave the Knights organization $50,000 to split among project workers.
Besides sports, the arena is expected to be used for community events such as high school graduations, concerts, and other one-time events. This flexibility and the expected annual economic impact on the region is why Henderson pledged $42 million in public funding for the project.
“We’re excited about this and the investment that’s being made,” Henderson Mayor Debra March said. “We are looking at an annual return of $36 million in economic benefits in terms of putting money back into the economy. Boosting business, helping businesses in the district (at Green Valley Ranch) that were struggling. It’s really good for the community.
March believes the addition of the arena will help attract new businesses to the area, including some that might otherwise have looked elsewhere.
“There’s a lot of people looking to do more here because it’s an anchor,” March said. “It’s an anchor that’s going to do a lot of good for all of Henderson. It really brings east and west together with this central gathering place.
The Silver Knights will begin play at the Dollar Loan Center on April 8, when they leave their temporary home, Orleans Arena. Not only does the opening give the team a state-of-the-art location, it also moves the team a few miles from its training facility, Lifeguard Arena on Water Street in Henderson.
“It gives us a competitive edge,” Foley said. “Most of our Silver Knights players live in Henderson, so they bring that to the community. They are also in the community, visiting police stations, fire stations and schools. They are integrated into this community, just as VGK is integrated into all of Clark County.