File this story under: Only in Las Vegas.
With the lease at their current arena expiring soon, the minor league Las Vegas Wranglers have announced plans to build a 45,000-square-foot rink on the roof of the Plaza Hotel casino. According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, the fabric-shell structure will seat 3,500 and cost around $4 million to build.
Wranglers president Billy Johnson told the Review-Journal that the roof of the casino was once a parking lot and is strong enough to hold the rink, fans and a Zamboni.
“This could be funky," Johnson said of his initial impressions of a hockey rink on the roof of a casino. "It’s a word that I’ve stuck with ever since.”
The Plaza Hotel and Casino has 1,000 rooms and is five miles north of the Las Vegas Strip. The five-year deal between the team and the hotel calls for the hotel to convert the fifth floor of its south tower for locker rooms, medical space and bathrooms.
The Wranglers' future home ice fits in well with the team's wacky reputation. They've played midnight games before and hosted such promotions as "Rod Blagojevich Prison Uniform Night" and “Regrettable Tattoo Night”