I’ve used used sports as an excuse to travel for years. I visited Toronto specifically to see the Yankees destroy the Blue Jays. There’s a picture of me, a mustache, and the Stanley Cup floating around the internet somewhere. We made a long weekend out of watching one game and I found out that I loved Toronto. This is a city I would never have visited if not for the Yankees.
Another baseball trip took me and my crew to Chicago and Milwaukee for a weekend to see three baseball games in three stadiums in three days. Baseball trips are the best. My friends and I only made one road trip for hockey. We drove up to Boston to squeeze into the tiny seats at the old Boston Garden to see the Rangers play the Bruins.
The games were all good excuses to take a vacation and visit different places in North America. There’s been a pending visit Memphis to watch see a Redbirds baseball game and eat a bunch of BBQ. That will happen someday.
I’m not sure why anyone would need an excuse to visit Las Vegas. However, the Vegas Golden Knights are giving hockey fans from all over the continent an excuse to make an extra trip to Las Vegas. There’s something fun about seeing your favorite team playing on the road.
There's more anticipation for the release of the 2017-2018 NHL schedule than I've ever seen. Well, we finally know when teams from around the United States and Canada will be playing their first game in Las Vegas.
Here are some highlights of the Vegas Golden Knights home schedule at T-Mobile Arena:
Opening night: October 10 vs. Arizona Coyotes
Boston Bruins: October 15
Chicago Blackhawks: October 24, February 13
Detroit Red Wings: October 13
New York Rangers: January 7
New York Islanders: January 25
New Jersey Devils: March 14
Philadelphia Flyers: February 11
Pittsburgh Penguins: December 14
Toronto Maple Leafs: December 31
Washington Capitals: December 23
You can see the full Vegas Golden Knights schedule here.
The Vegas Golden Knights will play their home games at the T-Mobile Arena behind New York-New York casino and next to Monte Carlo. Both casinos are owned by MGM Resorts International. If you’re looking to visit for a game you should sign up for their players club, M Life Rewards to receive discounts and comps at those two casinos and Aria, Bellagio, Circus Circus, Excalibur, Luxor, Mandalay Bay, MGM Grand, and The Mirage.
You don’t have to gamble on casino games with a large house edge to earn points and rewards with M Life Rewards. In fact, you no longer have to be in Las Vegas to earn points. There are MGM Resorts International properties outside of Las Vegas where you can earn points, tier credits, comps and free play. In addition to the Las Vegas, the following casinos are M Life Rewards properties:
Beau Rivage in Biloxi, MS
Borgata in Atlantic City, NJ
Gold Strike in Tunica, Mississippi
MGM Grand in Detroit, MI
MGM National Harbor in Maryland
*MGM Springfield in Massachusetts (opens 2018)
You can also sign up for the M Life Rewards credit card to earn points and credits from anywhere. Review the credit terms before signing up to make sure the card is right for you. I have the credit card just for the tier upgrade so I can park for free when we shoot our monthly “What’s Hot In Las Vegas” videos.
M Life Rewards points can be earned by gambling in the casino but not the sportsbook. You can also earn points from dining, entertainment and shopping. For example, if you rent a cabana at one of the MGM Resorts International pools, you will earn points towards rewards and higher tiers.
The best part about going on the road to see your favorite team play is when they win. Without even knowing the final rosters there's a good chance your favorite team will be favored when they play their first game in Las Vegas.