Wranglers Play Annual Midnight Game

By Anthony Fenech
Las Vegas Sun

LAS VEGAS – Long a staple of college basketball, Midnight Madness is returning to Las Vegas — for the minor league hockey Wranglers.

For the seventh-straight year, the Las Vegas Wranglers will host their Midnight Holiday Roundup tonight at Orleans Arena when they face off against the Idaho Steelheads. The puck will drop at 11:59 p.m.

Wranglers President Billy Johnson was introduced to the concept of a midnight promotion while a student at the University of Kentucky. The school’s men’s basketball team started each season with a late-night practice that filled the renowned Rupp Arena, and the event stuck with Johnson to his current position.

“The fans really like it,” he said. “We attract a different crowd, and it’s a different kind of atmosphere for the game.”

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