By ALAN SNEL
With their inaugural season just months away, the Vegas Golden Knights went on the power play today with a series of ticket purchase, parking and TV broadcast announcements for the 2017-18 maiden year.
Here are the deals:
— Single-game tickets are going on sale Aug. 11 for three pre-season games (Sept. 26 against the LA Kings; Sept. 28 against the Avalanche; and Oct. 1 against the San Jose Sharks.) Then on Aug. 14, single-game tickets go on sale for regular season games starting at $65 per ticket and the limit is eight tickets per game. The tickets will be available at www.vegasgoldenknights.com.
— In an attempt to market game tickets to fans in the team’s TV broadcast territory, residents in Nevada and the Golden Knights’ TV market in Utah, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana with billing addresses in those will have access to an exclusive pre-sale at 12 noon PT Aug. 14 for all regular season games. There will be a purchase limit of four tickets per game.
Vegas Golden Knights President Kerry Bubolz told LVSportsBiz.com today that this marketing strategy is designed to drive team fans from their Rocky Mountains states to games in Las Vegas.
— And there will also be a special Nevada Day promotion running for these regional-state residents featuring select $70 tickets for a Colorado Avalanche game scheduled for 3 p.m. PT Oct. 27 — a savings of over 33 percent. There will be a purchase limit of four tickets for the Nevada Day game.
— With parking on the minds of Golden Knights fans, the team began today offering “select” season ticket members pre-paid parking passes. (Select season ticket holders are fans who have signed up for at least five years of season tickets, team spokesman Eric Tosi explained.) These season ticket members can call the Vegas Golden Knights Membership Services Team at 702-645-4259. Full-season members can buy 44 game, pre-paid parking passes starting as low as $8/game, plus a one-time handling fee if the parking passes are purchased by Aug. This offer is limited to only current season ticket holders, with a maximum of two parking passes per account. Tosi said other season ticket holders with less than five-year commitments will get their cracks at the parking passes later this week.
— Bubolz said. “We have collaborated extensively with our partners at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas Metro, the RTC and other parties in order to identify the most efficient access to the arena and develop a variety of parking and transportation options that work for everyone.”
— And the first-year Golden Knights are popular with the TV programmers at NBC Sports Network as five Golden Knights games will be broadcast nationally, including the team’s inaugural home game against Arizona Coyotes Oct. 10. All five Golden Knights games will be NBCSN exclusive broadcasts, so the games will be broadcast both nationwide and in the Las Vegas market. AT&T SportsNet will broadcast the other 77 regular season Vegas Golden Knights games locally in the team’s official multi-state distribution market.
Here are those national broadcasts on NBC Sports Network (all times Pacific, schedule subject to change):
— Tuesday, October 10 vs. Arizona at 7:00 p.m. (NBCSN)
— Thursday, December 28 at Los Angeles at 7:00 p.m. (NBCSN)
— Friday, February 2 at Minnesota at 5:00 p.m. (NBCSN)
— Tuesday, February 27 vs. Los Angeles at 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
— Thursday, March 22 at San Jose at 7:00 p.m. (NBCSN)
— Group ticket sales went on sale last week and Tosi said the most popular games for group sales have been the opening home game against Arizona on Oct. 10, a Veterans Day game against Winnipeg on Nov. 10 and the two home against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Contact LVSportsBiz.com founder/writer Alan Snel at asnel@LVSportsBiz.com