Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010 | 5:30 p.m.
Note:This ditty appears in the current issue of Las Vegas Life magazine:
At first, the idea seemed to have the shelf life of a sheet of ice.
“We did not think this would go on this long, annually,” MGM Grand Garden Arena Vice President Mark Prows says. “But we’ve found what works for us. We’ve received proposals from a few different NHL teams, and this makes the most sense to us.”
The resulting relationship between the MGM Grand, Los Angeles Kings and Colorado Avalanche has led to the house-filling annual NHL exhibition contest that is a reliable sellout every fall. Set for Saturday is “Frozen Fury XIII,” a game that has no intrinsic meaning in league standings but is a big deal for the MGM Grand and fans of both teams.
“We sell out every year,” Prows said. “We have a reduced seating capacity, just 11,000, and both teams have brought a lot of fans in. It’s a great time and a chance to see the best hockey live in Las Vegas.”
“Frozen Fury” is also the only ice event held at the MGM Grand, which has long been known for its versatility.
“We used to do figure skating championships, too, but this is it,” Prows said. “It has become one of the events we really, really look forward to.”
Tickets are scarce – less than 1,000 are usually available leading up to the night of the match. As they say in the sport, all that’s left is to drop the puck.
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