Las Vegas – The Las Vegas Wranglers have confirmed that the ECHL team will return to play in Las Vegas for the 2015-16 season, and that details regarding a new home arena for the team will be announced at a later date. With those arena details, season tickets for the 2015-16 season will go on sale, with all priority given to current season ticket holders.
A unanimous vote of the ECHL Board of Governors granting the Wranglers a voluntary suspension on Monday secured the team’s place in professional hockey’s premier AA league for 2015-16 and beyond. The team’s future in Las Vegas was cast into doubt when Boyd Gaming announced they would not be renewing the team’s lease at the Orleans Arena. Monday’s vote allows the team to complete and realize plans to secure a new permanent venue to call home.
“We were given very little time to find a solution for the 2014-15 season,” said Wranglers president and COO Billy Johnson. “We were very close to having everything in order for the 2014-15 season with the little time we had. But in the end, we needed a few weeks more, and the ECHL simply had to get on with its business. We cannot thank the ECHL board enough for giving the Wranglers a chance to see through all that we have accomplished in such a short time. Obviously, they have seen what we are working on. We are all excited.”
Because of a number of confidentiality agreements with future Wranglers partners, the team is still unable to reveal details of where their new home will be, but say the big news today is that the team’s future is secure with the league.
“The only news that matters today is that we are playing in Las Vegas in 2015, and we’re playing in the ECHL.” Johnson said. “Now we have a more appropriate amount of time to do things the best way possible, as opposed to rushing into something that our fans may not ultimately embrace. In this case, a year off is a very good thing for Wranglers fans. This still is ‘my town, my team,’” Johnson said, echoing the public rallying cry when the news first broke in January.
The team will maintain an office and will be back at full force before the holidays.
“We are not going anywhere,” Johnson said. “We’ve accomplished a lot since 2003, and come too far since January to turn back.”