Vegas Golden Knights buy Indoor Football League expansion franchise
A rendering shows the design for indoor football at the Dollar Loan Center in Henderson. (Jesse Merrick | KSNV)

The Vegas Golden Knights say they've purchased a license for an Indoor Football League franchise.

The NHL club announced Tuesday that owner Bill Foley bought an expansion franchise license in partnership with Chuck Brennan, the founder and CEO of Dollar Loan Center.

The franchise would play at the Dollar Loan Center events center in Henderson, currently under construction.

"Ever since the Golden Knights first arrived in Las Vegas, our community has surpassed all expectations to set a new standard as one of the best new markets in the sports world," Foley said in a press release. "Our Indoor Football League franchise will reflect the qualities and culture created by the Golden Knights and the Silver Knights, while giving the place we're proud to call home an all-new #VegasBorn team to support with passion and enthusiasm."

Vegas's newest sports team would be the 18th team expected to play in the 2022 Indoor Football League season. Fans can already place a non-refundable $50 deposit for season tickets.

The name of the team will be announced at a later date, along with full ticket information.

Located at Green Valley and Paseo Verde parkways, Dollar Loan Center in Henderson is scheduled to become the permanent home of the Henderson Silver Knights of the American Hockey League. Construction is expected to be completed by next spring.

Las Vegas is no stranger to indoor football. The valley has been home to three different indoor football franchises, all of which played in the now-defunct Arena Football League. 

The Las Vegas Sting initially played from 1994 to 1995, spending their first season at MGM Grand Gardens before moving to Thomas & Mack Center. The franchise moved to Anaheim and folded after the 1997 season.

The Las Vegas Gladiators played for five years from 2003 to 2007, first at Thomas & Mack Center and then at the Orleans Arena. The team relocated to Cleveland, playing 10 more seasons until suspending operations to accommodate home arena renovations. The AFL ultimately filed for bankruptcy before the team could return to play. 

Most recently, the Las Vegas Outlaws played a single season at Thomas & Mack in 2015 before ceasing operations.

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