Jason Anderson, general manager of one of Bill Foley's Montana-based restaurant, MacKenzie River Pizza, gets ready for today's 4 p.m. opening.

Golden Knights Hold Scrimmage for Fans, Open New Pub at Practice Facility

By ALAN SNEL

 

Bill Foley’s restaurant empire has extended into the middle of his $25 million Vegas Golden Knights practice facility, where the Golden Knights owner has opened a beer and pizza pub on the second level between the facility’s two rinks.

 

The MacKenzie River Pizza Grill & Pub is a 6,500-square-foot sports restaurant with Golden Knights and hockey themes set to open at 4 p.m. Friday.

 

It’s a pizza, burger, and sandwich pub with a contemporary restaurant look and more than a dozen craft beers on tap.

 

It will be open even when the sounds of slap shots and body checks into the rink boards are not heard because its hours are from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., said John Anderson, the pub’s general manager.

 

The fire department set the crowd limit for 282 inside the pub, which has windows allowing views of both rinks.

 

Mackenzie River Pizza is part of Foley’s Whitefish, Montana-based Glacier Restaurant Group, which has another half-dozen brands. MacKenzie River Pizza has locations in Montana, Idaho, Indiana, Washington, Ohio, North Dakota and South Dakota.

 

This is the first MacKenzie River location in Nevada.

 

On Friday early afternoon, Golden Knights fans came to the practice rink to see the players scrimmage before their inaugural season begins in about a month. The two-rink ice facility sits off of South Pavilion Center Drive near Red Rock Resort. RTC even opened a new bus station at the site, so you can even reach the Summerlin ice location by bus.

 

Golden Knights players practice in front of the fans today.

 

The practice rink already had its sponsor logos and marks — from Geico and Enterprise to The Cosmopolitan and The D casino-hotel.

 

Contact LVSportsBiz.com founder/writer Alan Snel at asnel@LVSportsBiz.com

 

 

Alan Snel

Alan Snel brings decades of sports-business reporting experience to LVSportsBiz.com. Snel covered the business side of sports for the South Florida (Fort Lauderdale) Sun-Sentinel, the Tampa Tribune and Las Vegas Review-Journal. As a city hall beat reporter, Snel also covered stadium deals in Denver and Seattle. In 2000, Snel launched a sport-business website for FoxSports.com called FoxSportsBiz.com. After reporting sports-business for the RJ, Snel wrote hard-hitting stories on the Raiders stadium for the Desert Companion magazine in Las Vegas and The Nevada Independent. Snel is also one of the top bicycle advocates in the country.

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