The NHL's new Las Vegas expansion team doesn't yet have a name, logo, roster or anything really resembling am actual hockey team yet, but they do have a building to play in. As of Wednesday, that building, the T-Mobile Arena, has a locker room waiting for its new team!
Don't get too jacked up before you see the pictures, though, as it is quite possibly the saddest and most drab locker room in all of professional sports.
Sure, that carpet may be ugly as hell and the locker stalls are basically the same cubbies you stored your backpack in during middle school, but check out those high-end folding chairs and tables. Those garbage bins are pristine. I bet the trash bags inside are ForceFlex. Maybe even Ultra Flex.
It's an empty room with chairs. Feel the excitement!
A perfect setting for feeling sad and dreary after losing plenty of games. Also definitely won't be used for sleeping off late nights in the nearby casinos.
The state-of-the-art medical room will help players receive all the help they need, assuming it doesn't require more than a bag of ice or some Band-Aids.
Closely resembles the common room of every college dorm. We can only assume it will be covered in Easy Mac and vomit by the second week of the season.
That trough is for hand-washing, not for peeing. I think.
Okay, fine. Hot tubs are cool.
Sarcasm aside ...
While Vegas' locker room is EXTREMELY uninspiring right now, I'm sure it will have a little more life as move-in date nears next summer. Once the team gets its logo and colors, they'll be able to give the locker room a little more personality.
Still, I'm not sure why the team felt compelled to share the photos of it in its current state, considering it closely resembles the conference room of an economy hotel. With this base model, I'm not sure even a major makeover will help it compete with some of other locker rooms around the NHL.
Take, for example, the newest one in the league — the Oilers room at Rogers Place (pictured above). Now that's a locker room.
Heck, even youth locker rooms look nicer
This is the room that the NHL built for a small youth arena for their Kraft Hockeyville promotion earlier this year. Tell me you wouldn't rather prepare for a game in this room than the one at T-Mobile Arena.