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MGM Resorts International has submitted a bid to the NHL showcasing Las Vegas' ability to serve as a hub city for the expanded postseason, sources told The Athletic's Jesse Granger.
Exact details of the proposal are currently unknown, but it reportedly highlights the surplus of MGM-owned hotels located near T-Mobile Arena - home of the Golden Knights - which could make Sin City a viable spot to host players, staff, and potentially family members for 12 NHL teams. MGM also has a 42.5% ownership stake in T-Mobile Arena, Granger notes.
Las Vegas has been connected to the league's plan to use hub cities since the idea was first reported, and it's one of 10 locations the NHL is considering. The league hopes to have a hub in one market in each conference, but local COVID-19 restrictions will ultimately be the deciding factor.
Though Last Vegas doesn't have as many rinks available as other locations under consideration, there are six sheets of ice that can currently be used for games and practices. Additional ice surfaces could be installed closer to the strip, as well, according to Granger.
The NHL is also considering Chicago, Columbus, Dallas, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Toronto, and Vancouver.