Owner Bill Foley: Expansion team is ‘going to kill it’ in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS — It was a typical day in the life of nascent NHL owner Bill Foley. He sat in on his team’s first mock expansion draft and offered polite suggestions on players he thinks might be of interest to his more hockey-savvy staff.

Then Foley and GM George McPhee answered questions from dozens of fans in the inviting plaza that will no doubt become the focal point of pregame festivities when the expansion Las Vegas Something Knights begins play next season. During the fan session, Foley took a swipe at the prospect of the Oakland Raiders moving to Las Vegas, suggesting that any public monies that might be committed to a stadium for the NFL team could be better put to use on schools, health care and the like.

Then he was off to nearby T-Mobile Arena, where he appeared on the ice before a preseason game between the Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche with Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille, a top executive with the Kings, for a ceremony that marked the end of the Kings’ longstanding relationship with the gambling mecca, where the team has long held preseason games. Robitaille handed over the torch (or in this case, a hockey stick) to signal the shift to the Las Vegas home team.

I caught up with Foley shortly after the on-ice ceremony in his suite beneath the stands for an update on the team name, its jersey and how things are shaping up for Las Vegas’ first professional team.

ESPN.com: What’s it like to be at the table with your staff for the mock draft and start the discussion about what this team is going to look like?

Foley: It’s so much fun. I mean, I really didn’t bring anything to the party, other than to ask a few questions about certain players and give some input and some advice and so on. I had no input in the way they were ranking people and who they thought would be available or wouldn’t be available. But the business situations I’m normally in, where I’m grinding it out every day, are not fun. Someone’s quit, or someone’s done something they shouldn’t have done, or the company’s not doing what it should be doing. This is fun.

ESPN.com: You’re now three months into ownership. Is it different than you imagined?

Foley: It is different because I didn’t realize all the things I would have to do. I’ve never gone through interview processes like I’ve been through in this situation. I interviewed, either by telephone or in person, seven different candidates for GM, three over a six-day period. They came in. I met each candidate. We had dinner. I met them the next morning, then they left. The next guy came in. I met him, we had dinner, that whole process. Then you go through and do it again with the guy you really like.

Then, in George’s case, we had a nice party at Rock Creek in Montana, where we signed the contract together. Went in, had a couple of glasses of wine. Flew down and had the press conference. And the same thing with the president of business ops. It was exhausting. I never interviewed people like that. I was like, normally, “Come on, you’re in, let’s go.”

ESPN.com: Do you feel more like a hockey guy now, especially looking at the staff you have? There’s so much experience in that room.

Foley: Absolutely. I still know nothing, and I recognize that. I told the guys that this morning. I said, “You can say anything you want to say. I’m just Bill Foley. I’m just another guy sitting at this table. I want to learn.” But it was so much fun listening to them talk about players and why they like this guy or that guy. It was amazing.

READ MORE: http://www.espn.com/nhl/story/_/id/17827608/nhl-las-vegas-expansion-team-owner-bill-foley-says-team-powerful-force-fans

 

 

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Seat selection process for Las Vegas NHL season ticket-holders starts Monday

Owner Bill Foley has been spending millions since he officially got his NHL expansion team for Las Vegas on June 22.

Monday, he finally starts to get some of those dollars back when the team launches its long-awaited seating phase for its 16,000 season ticket-holders.

For the next few weeks, those who put down deposits may go online, select seats in T-Mobile Arena and begin to pay off their bill. All buyers will have to put down 20 percent, with the balance spread interest-free over the next nine months. Season subscribers will have the option to pay in full.

“We want to make it as fair as possible for everyone,” said Todd Pollock, the team’s vice president for ticketing and suites. “We wanted to devise a system that was easy for the user and it had to be done in such a way that they could understand it.”

Fans have been mailed a brochure and video on the process. Each season ticket-holder will be assigned an access code and a specific time to select seats. Those with the longest commitment for the most expensive seats get to select first. Those who chose the least expensive option for the shortest time period (one year) will pick last.

“There’s always the challenge of making everyone happy,” Pollock said. “We’ve said all along that the people who committed the longest went to the front of the line.”

Many fans scouted seating locations at the team’s open house this summer.

Having also attended the open house, this reporter test-drove the seat selection system Friday. Trying to keep things as realistic as possible (that is, not selecting center-ice seats six rows from the glass), I initially opted for the upper bowl behind the net in Section 206, Row Q, at $25 per seat per game. But after talking myself into believing the RJ will give me a raise, I decided on Loge seating behind the goal. Those seats are $75 per seat per game.

I had 10 minutes to make my decision. I logged onto the system, and it asked me where I wanted to sit. A 3-dimensional virtual model of T-Mobile Arena popped up and I clicked on Section 120, directly behind the goal. At first, I looked at Row P, then Row B, which was more expensive ($90). So I moved up to Row J, the lowest row in my price range.

I clicked on seats 1 and 2, but then noticed a railing obstructing my view. I canceled my order and moved over one section to 119. I stayed in Row J, looked at the image and it gave me a clear view of the entire ice.

In a matter of seconds, I had checked out, the owner of seats 8 and 9 in Section 119, Row J. I was also out $6,600 plus a $15 handling fee. The entire process had taken less than four minutes.

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Mandarin Oriental residents form exotic car club

Luxury communities in Southern Nevada offer a lot of things — golf, country clubs and family outings and activities. The Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas at CityCenter stands out with its exotic car club.

The cars range from Lamborghinis, Rolls Royces and restored classic vehicles, some redesigned with a modern twist, “that are just as valuable as a new Lamborghini,” according to the group’s organizer, resident Frank Napoli.

Any resident or their guests can participate in periodic activities put on by the community’s car club, Mandarin Auto Club; some of which include a monthly coffee meet-up and a cruise to different places.

Napoli, who professes a love of fast cars, moved into the building this spring and noticed several beautiful, high-end cars in the valet area.

“A lot of them were sitting under covers, covered in dust,” he recalled. “They weren’t being driven. So I thought, clearly there’s a lot of car enthusiasts here, and I want to meet my neighbors, so we need to get these cars out and have a good time. So I thought up Cars and Coffee, and the Mandarin supported that. So did the residents. We’re on our third event. It just keeps getting bigger and bigger.”

In August, club members met at a restaurant owned by of one of the residents, the Eldorado Cantina.

In September, members gathered on a Sunday afternoon at the Chicago Motor Cars Las Vegas’ showroom that keeps an inventory of expensive, rare autos, which are mainly traded online, and occasionally loaned out for film and video shoots.

Napoli is a local luxury Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services. He says he’s “always been a car guy,” who had coveted his New York cousin’s Chevy Camaro Z28 from a young age. “Since I was a little kid, I was infatuated and wanted to have one, but they’re hard to find and I’m very picky. I finally found one this year, and had it restored.”

He can be seen cruising in his Z28 up the Strip on weekends.

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