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A formal announcement expected ‘soon’ regarding Vegas expansion

 Prospective NHL owner Bill Foley is confident in his plans to land an expansion franchise in Las Vegas.

“There will be a formal announcement soon,” Foley told TSN’s Darren Dreger.

Foley and his Hockey Vision Las Vegas group announced earlier this month that their drive to secure 10,000 season ticket deposits had exceeded the 8,000 mark since they began on Feb. 10.

“We’re really pleased with how it’s going,” Foley said. “Now we want to expand our base to ensure the support we have is as widespread as possible.”

According to TSN’s sources, the corporate sector, including Vegas casinos represent the next phase of the ticket drive and overall market study.

Dreger believes the announcement Foley is alluding to will be regarding the group’s season ticket drive.

If the NHL is as impressed by the ticket drive as Foley is, Dreger reports the NHL’s Board of Governors might invite an expansion application.

The Board is scheduled to meet in Las Vegas June 24th.

A 17,500-seat arena, which is currently under construction, is expected to be complete by April 2016.