IFL Spotlight: Vegas Knight Hawks

Justin Turpin
Pirates Writer
December 7, 2021

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HENDERSON, NV- You may recall back in the 2017-2018 NHL season The Vegas Golden Knights played in their inaugural season, bringing hockey to Las Vegas. In just their first season in the NHL, the Golden Knights made it to the Stanley Cup Final where they were defeated by the Washington Capitals four games to one. Since their inaugural season, the Golden Knights have made the NHL playoffs each season.

The Vegas Golden Knights are owned by Bill Foley and Foley Entertainment. Bill Foley successfully brought hockey to Vegas in 2017, and again in 2020 with the Henderson Silver Knights, members of the American Hockey League (AHL). On August 23rd, 2021, it was announced he would be bringing another team to Vegas, this time an arena football team, in the Vegas Knight Hawks.

In the Vegas Golden Knights’ first two seasons, the average home attendance for the team was 18,318 fans per game. Which is right below full capacity of the T-Mobile Center, the home of the Vegas Golden Knights that holds 18,972 fans. The average home attendance for the Golden Knights was higher than that of teams like the Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, Vancouver Canucks, and the Nashville Predators. Chief Marketing Officer of the Vegas Knight Hawks, Eric Tossi, who also works with the Golden Knights, and Silver Knights, says the cross-promotion between the three teams is going to be big for awareness and awareness and experience. “Our fan experience has really been our hallmark… We are taking that same approach with the Knight Hawks and the IFL… having the platform of the Golden Knights and Silver Knights, the connectivity we’re going to have across the organizations, the cross promotions we’re going to have across the teams is going to be huge for building awareness for the Knight Hawks”.

While the Knight Hawks will try to replicate the successful attendance numbers of the Golden Knights, they will be doing so at the Dollar Loan Center. The brand new facility cost $84M to complete and will accommodate 6,000 fans. The venue, which is set to open in March of 2022, will be in the District of Green Valley Ranch, a popular destination for dining, shopping, and entertainment. Eric Tossi says attending the Dollar Loan Center for a game will be a tremendous experience, in what is fast becoming one of the sports entertainment capitals of the world. “ Our town has evolved considerably in recent years with the addition of the Golden Knights, the Silver Knights, the Raiders, {and} the Las Vegas Aces. We say here that it’s not just the entertainment capital of the world, but it’s the sports capital entertainment capital of the world, with those teams and the UFC calling Vegas home and now the Knight Hawks … .it ‘s {The Dollar Loan Center} is going to be a tremendous experience”.

Tossi says the support from Bill Foley and Foley Entertainment has been second to none, but the biggest thing has been the vision. “His {Bill Foley’s} ability to see steps ahead is incredible and I think that is only going to position our teams and our organizations for success under his leadership”.

Head Coach and General Manager of the Knight Hawks Mike Davis is also no stranger to building a team from scratch, as he did it with the Nebraska Danger, in 2010 when they were an expansion team in the IFL. “Fortunately for me, I’ve been through the process, building the Nebraska Danger from scratch as an expansion team… I know what hurdles we are going to face and things like that so we’ll be ready for it”.

Coach Davis spent six years with the Nebraska Danger, leading the Danger to three straight conference championships, and earning a spot in the team’s Hall of Fame. Most recently, Davis spent time in the Canadian Football League as the defensive line coach for the Toronto Argonauts, and Manager of Player Personnel for the Saskatchewan RoughRiders.

Like Eric Tossi on the marketing side, Coach Davis says he too has received full support from Bill Foley. “Ownership is 1000% on board… I wouldn’t be here if the ownership wasn’t behind it 1,000 percent, and that’s what’s most encouraging about the situation here”.

The Pirates will take on the Vegas Knight Hawks at Phoenix Field on May 1st. Kick-off is set for 1:05 pm EST. To view the entirety of the 2022 IFL schedule, check out our website, or visit our social pages.

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