Vegas Golden Knights Stanley Cup Banner Revealed by Giant Slot Machine
In a spectacular fusion of Las Vegas flair and sports triumph, this week the Vegas Golden Knights celebrated their 2023 Stanley Cup victory by unveiling their banner from a giant slot machine prop.
The Knights opened their season at T-Mobile Arena this week, celebrating last season’s triumph with the banner reveal before the game. Team captain Mark Stone pulled the lever on the slot machine to reveal three Stanley Cup trophies before the banner unfurled.
Before the tournament The Golden Knights weren’t particularly fancied among NHL betting fans, sitting at well more than 1000+ odds with most bookmakers. Their eventual upset victory run in June’s playoff tournament, beating the Florida Panthers 4 games to 1 in the final, saw Nevada retail sportsbooks lose some $6.6 million to bettors in what was a poor month for overall hold.
The celebrations continued after this week’s game unfolded, as the Knights cruised to a 4-1 victory over the Seattle Kraken.
A Slot Machine Spectacle
The Knights’ pregame banner reveal was a nod to the famous Nevada casino venues of the Las Vegas Strip. They have helped finance Las Vegas’ transformation into a destination city for premier sports teams. In recent years, Sin City has taken on the Las Vegas Raiders NFL team, and a project to move the Oakland Athletics MLB team to the city has long been in the works.
Before the slot machine unveiling, Stone initiated the festivities by skating around the ice, holding the coveted Stanley Cup trophy aloft, to the roaring approval of the fans. Stone then approached the oversized slot machine, pulling its lever to reveal a jackpot of trophy icons, which signaled the ascension of the massive championship banner toward the rafters of the arena.
The Knights concluded the previous season with not only a Stanley Cup win, but also the best record in the Western Conference, accumulating 111 points. Their playoff journey saw them take victories against top opponents like the Winnipeg Jets, Edmonton Oilers, Dallas Stars, and finally, the Florida Panthers.
Pre Game Theatrics
The Golden Knights have established themselves as a formidable team in the NHL in just seven seasons, clinching three division championships, two conference championships, and now, a Stanley Cup title.
As well as the on-ice achievements, the team has also become somewhat known for its pregame theatrics. Every home match at the T-Mobile Arena starts out with a high production value intro show, which aims to elevate the storylines and drama for fans of both teams. The shows even include a sword-holding Golden Knight mascot with its own set of skates.
The shows require a full-time entertainment team of a dozen employees, on top of the 100 or so people already needed to operate lights, announcements, and event-planning on game days. The team is headed up by senior entertainment manager Tyler Ferraro.
“It’s a culmination of every department of the team working together to make this one very, very important moment happen, and everyone crushed it,” he told sports media outlet The Athletic.