NHL Changes Major Event Location For Next Season
BY TYLER BALL NOVEMBER 16, 2023 (11:01 PM)
NHL Changing Major Event Location
Today an NHL insider confirmed that the league is looking at a new location for the upcoming 2024 NHL Draft. The draft is still likely to be held in Las Vegas but the venue is still in question.
The location that is being talked about is the new Sphere in Las Vegas. This, however, doesn't have the proper space to house teams within the facility. This means the draft would need to be decentralized to make the venue work. Decentralization is of course coming but was expected first in 2025.
With this in mind the Sphere will likely not end up being the location and a more traditional arena draft is more likely on the table. This could mean that Vegas uses T-Mobile Arena or a new city altogether could hold host to the biggest NHL event of the summer.
NHL Moving Toward A New Draft Experience
In the same conversation NHL comissioner Gary Bettman spoke about what the new NHL Draft experience will look like once things are decentralized.
The change to a new format does not come out of a necessity for change says Bettman. He says the change came organically from the NHL clubs bringing up their needs during the draft.
NHL fans particularly ones who love the draft have been skeptical of these changes. Whether they happen this season or next the NHL will have a lot of people to keep happy who enjoy how the process is now.
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