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The Wranglers not moving to Plaza hotel-casino

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LAS VEGAS -- The deal to bring the Las Vegas Wranglers hockey team to the Plaza has fallen through, according to the hotel-casino.

In a statement released Wednesday, the Plaza said the deal to house the team at the resort and build a rooftop arena for games fell through because of cost.

The property said the Wranglers told them the cost of transforming a portion of the hotel into a rink, locker rooms and media area was too costly.

The Plaza says it made efforts to accommodate the project, and they are disappointed that, "the venture is no longer possible."

Wranglers' president Billy Johnson said that while the idea was a good one, in the end the biggest problem was time.

"At the end of the day, we had time and money concerns and time is a big one. We want to open this fall. To meet that time problem caused the costs to go up. We certainly don't want to pass cost overruns onto ticket prices," Johnson said.

The Wranglers had to find a new place to play after the Orleans Arena ended its agreement with the team earlier this year. If the team does not find a place to play in Las Vegas, they will have to move to a new city.

There is no word on where the team will play now, but Johnson says they hope to have an announcement within a week.

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