February 19, 2014 at 1:55 pm

Las Vegas hockey team plans arena on casino roof

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the owners of the Las Vegas Wranglers plan to spend $4 million building a 45,000-square-foot fabric-shell structure containing a hockey rink and seating for 3,500 fans at the Plaza Hotel casino. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images)

Las Vegas — A minor league hockey team that has been searching for weeks for a new home says it will build a modular arena and play home games for at least the next five years atop a downtown Las Vegas casino.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the owners of the Las Vegas Wranglers plan to spend $4 million building a 45,000-square-foot fabric-shell structure containing a hockey rink and seating for 3,500 fans at the Plaza Hotel casino.

The agreement between the Wranglers and the Plaza comes three weeks after Boyd Gaming declined to renew the Wranglers’ lease after 10 years at the Orleans Arena.

Wranglers President Billy Johnson tells the Review-Journal the rooftop Plaza venue is expected to be ready for the Wranglers to play their ECHL season beginning in November.