The Vegas Golden Knights have set all kinds of historical marks this season, standing head and shoulders above any expansion team from any sport that has come before it. With 51 wins in the regular season, the Golden Knights won the Pacific Division and a date with the Los Angeles Kings in Round 1 of the playoffs.
By winning the division, of course, Vegas has home-ice advantage and will host its first game right out of the gate. Sin City was celebrating in a big way in the lead up to the game. Outside T-Mobile Arena in Toshiba Plaza, fans could get real or fake tattoos of the Golden Knights logo, or get their hair cut with a ‘V’ design, while there was also a concert put on by Logic.
It was quite the scene in and around T-Mobile Arena and if you were there you may have seen the drumbots making their way to the arena, and then through it inside.
— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) April 12, 2018
To show your allegiance to the Golden Knights, fans could get tattoos put on their body, either for real, or ones that could wash off in the coming days. Either way, supporters crowded the square to take part in the festivities and show which side of Wednesday’s game they were cheering for.
Doing exactly what we thought we'd be doing on April 11th, getting Golden Knights tattoos before our first ever playoff game pic.twitter.com/KmjjXKg8Op
— y – Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) April 11, 2018
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) April 12, 2018
If this wasn’t enough action for you, there was also a concert put on outside of the arena to get the fans pumped up for what’s about to take place in T-Mobile Arena.
— David Schoen (@DavidSchoenLVRJ) April 12, 2018
and playoff hockey in Vegas pic.twitter.com/ztr9iOPnmB
— y – Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) April 12, 2018
In its short time as an NHL franchise, Las Vegas has become a hockey destination — and not just for the extracurriculars elsewhere in the city. The team and fans have made the Golden Knights’ home arena known for its great atmosphere, and in the lead up to the city’s first Stanley Cup playoff game, its supporters flooded the streets.
— Christina Beard (@gingersteena) April 12, 2018
HITTING THE ICE
And the entire build up led to this moment, when the Golden Knights hit playoff ice for the first time, entering their first post-season pre-game warmups before the puck dropped against the Los Angeles Kings.