More than 10,000 hockey fans stormed the D Las Vegas in Fremont Street Experience to attend the first-ever Vegas Golden Knights FanFest celebration on Sunday, January 14.
The electrifying event was held as part of the team’s exclusive downtown partnership with the D Las Vegas and offered hockey buffs the chance to see get up close and personal with their favorite players.
Vegas Golden Knights players were joined by Chairman and CEO Bill Foley, Head Coach Gerard Gallant, and Vegas Golden Knights President Kerry Bubolz as the group walked the red carpet, signed autographs and took photos with excited supporters. the D Las Vegas’ CEO Derek Stevens welcomed guests as the festivities commenced in front of the Third Street Stage. In a daring display, the team’s mascot, Chance, flew high above the crowd on the SlotZilla Zipline while excited spectators watched from below.
Addressing the crowd, Foley credited the team’s success to their loyal and growing fan base.
“This is so impressive,” Foley said. “The team feeds off all of you just as the town feeds off the team. I’m so proud of the team, and I’m so proud of Las Vegas for supporting this great franchise.”
The public party was hosted by the team’s play-by-play and color broadcasters on AT&T SportsNet, Dave Goucher and Shane Hnidy, who introduced the 2018 lineup as each player took the stage and tossed t-shirts as fans cheered. The event included appearances from the entire team, including: Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Ryan Carpenter, William Carrier, Cody Eakin, Erik Haula, William Karlsson, Brendan Leipsic, Oscar Lindberg, Jonathan Marchessault, James Neal, Tomas Nosek, David Perron, Reilly Smith, Alex Tuch, Deryk Engelland, Brad Hunt, Brayden McNabb, Jon Merrill, Colin Miller, Luca Sbisa, Nate Schmidt, Reid Duke, Shea Theodore, Oscar Dansk, Marc-Andre Fleury and Malcolm Subban.
Keeping the energy high through the event, the VGK promo team and ice crew passed out special league memorabilia to lucky fans in the audience. A large, inflatable team jersey stood near a truck where fans lined up to buy official gear and younger fans could play an inflatable shootout game.
Photo Credit: Tom Donoghue Photography
ABOUT THE VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS
The Vegas Golden Knights are a National Hockey League franchise owned and operated by Black Knight Sports and Entertainment LLC. The Vegas Golden Knights were established by founding partners William Foley and his family and the Maloof family. For the latest news and information on the Golden Knights visit vegasgoldenknights.com. Fans can follow the team on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat.
ABOUT THE D LAS VEGAS
the D Las Vegas delivers the fresh, energetic attitude and fun atmosphere synonymous with downtown Las Vegas. The casino hotel boasts 629 remodeled rooms and suites and a unique two-level casino featuring modern and vintage floors. Cocktails, beer, and frozen beverages abound inside the casino at LONGBAR and on the Fremont Street Experience at D Bar. the D offers contemporary American fare at D Grill, Detroit’s legendary Coney Dogs at American Coney Island and premium steaks and authentic Italian dishes at Joe Vicari’s Andiamo Italian Steakhouse. The Showroom at the D Las Vegas features outstanding entertainment ranging from award-winning dinner theater and Broadway productions to music, comedy and more. Follow the D on Facebook and Twitter.
ABOUT FREMONT STREET EXPERIENCE
Fremont Street Experience, a five-block entertainment district located in historic downtown Las Vegas, is home to the original Las Vegas Strip and features an open-air promenade of world-class gaming, dining, entertainment, and shopping. Fremont Street Experience offers free live entertainment on three stages and features Viva Vision, the world’s largest single video screen – 1,500 feet long, 90 feet wide and suspended 90 feet above the urban pedestrian mall. Viva Vision features nightly spectacular light and sounds shows with 12.5 million LED lights and a 550,000-watt sound system. The one-of-a-kind venue is also home to SlotZilla, the world’s most successful zipline attraction featuring an 850-foot Zipline and 1,750-foot Zoomline, which launches riders from a 12-story slot-machine-themed platform to fly under the iconic Viva Vision canopy. The destination also houses the newest zombie-themed attraction in Downtown Las Vegas, “Fear the Walking Dead Survival,” a multi-sensory walk-through experience, inspired by AMC’s hit tv series “Fear the Walking Dead™.” With direct pedestrian access to eight of Fremont Street’s world-renowned casino hotels, more than 60 restaurants and specialty retail kiosks, Fremont Street Experience attracts more than 23 million annual visitors. For more information about Fremont Street Experience, please visit www.vegasexperience.com.