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Venue flux to sideline Las Vegas Wranglers next season

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With plans for a new home ice melted, the Las Vegas Wranglers announced Tuesday they will take a season off, slating a return to play for the 2015-2016 season.

The team said the board of governors for its league, ECHL, granted a voluntary suspension, guaranteeing the Wranglers' play in the seasons after the 2015 year.

The move came a couple of weeks after plans fell through to house the team's games at the Plaza hotel-casino in downtown Las Vegas. The Plaza said the team pulled out of a 5-year agreement, citing costs.

The Wranglers' home ice flux came to a head in January when the team announced the owner of the Orleans Arena, Boyd Gaming, was not renewing the team's lease. The team had been playing at the venue for 11 years.

"We were given very little time to find a solution for the 2014-15 season," said Wranglers president and COO Billy Johnson. "We were very close to having everything in order for the 2014-15 season with the little time we had. But in the end, we needed a few weeks more, and the ECHL simply had to get on with its business."

The team did not disclose its current plans on possible home venues.

"We are not going anywhere," Johnson said. "We've accomplished a lot since 2003, and come too far since January to turn back."

Stay tuned to FOX5 for the latest on this developing story.

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