Plaza Plans Rooftop Arena

The roof of a downtown Las Vegas hotel/casino could be the new home of a 3,500-seat modular hockey arena, with the minor-league Wranglers planning to spend $4 million on a new home atop the Plaza on Fremont Street.

Wranglers President Billy Johnson said the rooftop venue is expected to be ready for the team to play its ECHL season beginning in November.

The five-year deal between the Wranglers and the Plaza came three weeks after Boyd Gaming declined to renew the Wrangler’s.

Las Vegas-based modular building company Vision Building Systems has been hired to erect the metal structure, which will be similar to white-tent facilities at the nearby World Market Center.

The casino roof once was part of a parking structure and now has tennis and basketball courts and a pool.

Johnson said it can handle the weight of an arena and fans without additional structural work. Average home game attendance at the Orleans has been about 4,600, including 1,150 season tickets.

Johnson said the Wranglers will re-evaluate ticket prices for next season.