LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – Over the first four seasons of the Vegas Golden Knights, “The Fortress” has established itself as one of the toughest places for NHL opponents to play, and it’s not. by accident.
Already this preseason, we’ve seen T-Mobile Arena at or near full capacity for every game. Compared to other arenas in the league, this is not normal.
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13 Action News took a look at what it takes to create the home ice advantage inside the T-Mobile Arena and met the man who works behind the scenes to keep the mob of medieval freaks going mad at every home game.
Everything you see and hear inside T-Mobile Arena during a game comes from a video control room. Specifically, these decisions are made by one man, Tyler Cofer.
“Our goal is to create the biggest party on the Strip every night we have a game,” said Tyler Cofer, vice president of entertainment experience and production for the Golden Knights.
Cofer creates an environment in the arena that is uniquely Vegas. From bright lights and loud music to memorable movie scenes and fan festivities, it’s Cofer’s job to pump the crowds out, and keep them engaged and entertained throughout the game.
“Our goal is to create an atmosphere where the players love to play and can put their best game forward, and then the fans can have a good time as well,” said Cofer.
Whenever you see anything other than the game on Knight Tron, the jumbotron inside T-Mobile Arena, it’s Cofer in charge. But he thanks his entire team for constantly providing creative content.
“Ideas live around us every day. You could drive in the car and hear a song turn on, and: How does that fit into a video that draws a crowd or in a flagship room? Or you could be at home watching a movie and you see this clip, you think, “Oh, that could very well translate to a crowd or some noise,” Cofer said.
All of this contributes to the atmosphere and environment of The Fortress, which Cofer strives to make as uncomfortable as possible for opponents.
“We really think we have an impact on the game with the atmosphere we create. We want that home advantage and we want to make it very difficult for this other team when they arrive so they can focus and execute their plan. game. They’re like, ‘Where am I?’ Like, ‘We’re not playing in another town.’ It’s like, ‘Vegas is different.’ “Said Cofer.
VGK players say the atmosphere in the arena definitely makes a difference on the ice.
“Every home game is sold out. The crowd is loud, boisterous, full of passion and energy. And it’s definitely like that sixth man on the ice for us. It’s such a great atmosphere, but it’s a tough place to win. And that’s what I’ve heard from a lot of different people in the league, ”said Reilly Smith, a Golden Knights forward.
“I can’t wait for T-Mobile to be full. We have the best fan base in any sport. We fill our building every night and we have a playoff atmosphere every night, so that’s all it takes. you can really ask, “added Vegas Golden Knights captain Mark Stone.
There’s no denying the home ice rink advantage at T-Mobile Arena. Since the team arrived in Las Vegas in 2017, their home winning percentage has been around 65%.