Report: Foley ‘planting roots’ in Vegas, wants expansion team granted ‘soon’

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From the Las Vegas Review-Journal:

Bill Foley is planting roots in Las Vegas.

That’s how confident Foley is that he will land a National Hockey League team in Las Vegas.

Foley, lead investor in a bid to start a NHL team at the new $375 million privately financed arena on the Strip, closed on his house in Summerlin on Wednesday, and his wife got a new car.

Welp, guess that makes it official. The NHL is going to Vegas. Mrs. Foley bought a new car. No turning back now.

We kid, but it is looking more and more likely that Sin City will be getting an expansion team, with some wondering if the announcement will be made in June at the NHL awards show in Vegas.

As the Review-Journal notes:

Foley wants his team to start playing in the arena by October 2016 for the 2016-17 NHL season.

For that goal to be met, Foley will have to receive NHL approval soon to start the franchise, which includes hiring a president, general manager, coach and building a practice facility of 150,000-175,000 square feet to house two ice rinks, locker rooms and medical/training facilities.

Related: Bettman on hand to wish Vegas ‘good luck’ as ticket drive begins