This means that the Oak View Group, headed by Tim Leiweke in partnership with billionaire David Bondsman and Hollywood megaproducer Jerry Bruckheimer, is doing very well in its bid for a 32nd NHL franchise in Seattle.
To give you some perspective, it took the Vegas Golden Nights two days to get 5,000 season-ticket deposits and 18 months to hit 16,000 sold.
If OVG is successful in bringing an NHL franchise to Seattle, there is a $650 million expansion fee to be paid, $150 million on top of what Bill Foley forked over for Vegas.
Creating a still nameless team in Seattle would also balance out the two conferences, bringing a 16th team to the West. The new expansion squad aims for an inaugural campaign in 2020.