LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- The Henderson City Council approved the Henderson Events Center Tuesday, a project to replace the current Henderson Pavilion and provide an arena for the Vegas Golden Knights' incoming minor-league hockey team.
The 6,000-seat arena is expected to cost $80 million with an additional $4 million in contingencies.
Councilman Dan Stewart was the only one to vote against the project.
Per the city’s financial analysis, construction of the proposed event center would generate support between 89 and 122 direct jobs annually. During construction, the project is expected to generate just over 1,000 full-time jobs.
The venue would also serve as a multi-purpose center for arts and local performers.
“This is a great day for Henderson,” Mayor Debra March said. “As our city and our community recovers from the economic devastation of COVID-19, there is no better time to invest in infrastructure that will create jobs, drive investment and improve a facility that has been plagued with problems and is no longer usable as intended.
"We are thrilled to expand our already strong partnership with the Knights and look forward to welcoming Henderson’s new professional hockey team in its new home and provide a quality gathering place for dozens of other community and cultural events," March said.
"Locals have responded to the idea of AHL hockey in Henderson with vigorous enthusiasm since the relocation was announced, as we have received over 7,600 season ticket deposits to date," Golden Knights president Kerry Bubolz said. "These deposit holders and hockey fans across the Valley can look forward to more exciting announcements regarding the team – including our name and logo unveiling – in the not too distant future.”
Some Henderson residents were opposed to the project, saying it would cause traffic in the area and some money for the project would come from taxpayers. A spokesperson for the city confirmed that seven residents sent a letter requesting that the project be added as a ballot initiative in the November election.
Construction of the space is expected to begin Fall 2020 with the project completed by the end of 2021.