Beginning with the unexpected coaching change by the Golden Knights in January, 2020 was a year like no other in Las Vegas sports.
Games were canceled and postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic that wreaked havoc on the local sports scene, resulting in the Raiders playing their inaugural season at Allegiant Stadium before no fans.
Here is a timeline of how the year has played out:
— Golden Knights fire Gerard Gallant and hire Pete DeBoer
— Raiders sell out PSLs.
— Golden Knights’ affiliation with Chicago Wolves will end, official says.
— Golden Knights buy San Antonio’s American Hockey League franchise.
— Golden Knights announce new AHL team will play at 6,000-seat arena in Henderson.
— AHL board of governors approves transfer of San Antonio Rampage to Golden Knights.
— Kathy Olivier resigns as UNLV women’s basketball coach.
— Utah State wins Mountain West men’s basketball tournament.
— NBA halts season after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tests positive for COVID.
— CBI tournament canceled over COVID concerns.
— NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments canceled.
— Clark County School District suspends all sports and extracurricular activities.
— Pac-12 Conference cancels men’s basketball tournament.
— Western Athletic Conference cancels men’s and women’s basketball tournaments.
— Mountain West suspends spring sports seasons.
— NFL cancels draft in Las Vegas.
— NASCAR suspends season.
— UFC postpones three events and temporarily closes headquarters.
— NIAA suspends all sanctioned sports
— Lindy La Rocque is hired as UNLV women’s basketball coach.
— Mountain West suspends in-person athletic activities, affecting spring football practices.
— NCAA Division I council approves spring-sports athletes receiving an extra year of eligibility.
— WNBA postpones season.
— Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame postpones induction ceremony until 2021.
— NFL announces Las Vegas will host 2022 draft.
— Raiders draft Henry Ruggs and Damon Arnette in first round.
— Live sports returns, though without fans, at UFC 249 in Jacksonville, Fla.
— AHL cancels remainder of season and playoffs.
— Henderson City Council approves $80 million, 6,000-seat minor-league hockey arena.
— NHL Players Association executive committee approves 24-team postseason plan.
— Golden Knights named Pacific Division champions.
— Nevada Athletic Commission approves return of combat sports.
— Combat sports return to Las Vegas with UFC Fight Night at UFC Apex.
— Mountain West allows athletes to return to campus to participate in voluntary workouts and announces cost-cutting measures.
— NFL mandates training camps be held at host facilities.
— NBA approves plan to finish season at centralized location at Disney World.
— Golden Knights begin working out in small groups.
— NFL cancels in-person minicamps.
— WNBA announces plans to play 22-game regular-season schedule in bubble setting in Bradenton, Fla.
— Major League Baseball announces it will play a 60-game schedule at home stadiums.
— NHL reportedly chooses Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, as its two hub cities for the playoffs, bypassing Las Vegas.
— Henderson City Council approves additional $1.2 million in spending for Lifeguard Arena.
— NHL and NHLPA approve return-to-play plan.
— UNLV’s football games against Arizona State and California canceled.
— UFC 251 takes place at so-called “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi.
— Golden Knights re-open training camp.
— Southern Nevada Football Coaches Association cancels summer strength and conditioning programs.
— Mountain West football media days postponed.
— Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association postpones fall sports until the spring.
— Raiders open training camp at Henderson headquarters.
— Robin Lehner and Ryan Reaves as well as two Dallas Stars players kneel during the American and Canadian national anthems.
— Mountain West approves eight-game conference and two-game nonconference football schedule.
— UNLV-Iowa State football game postponed until 2030.
— UNLV-Louisiana Tech football game canceled.
— Las Vegas resident Collin Morikawa wins PGA Championship.
— Mountain West postpones fall sports.
— Big Ten, Pac-12 cancel fall football
— PGA Tour moves CJ Cup from South Korea to Shadow Creek.
— NHL players protest shooting of Jacob Blake by police in Kenosha, Wisc., resulting in postponement of Golden Knights’ Game 3 against the Canucks in the Western Conference semifinals.
— Aces’ game among three postponed because of Wisconsin shooting.
— Clark County issues unconditional permit of occupancy for Allegiant Stadium.
— NFR announces it will relocate this year to Arlington, Texas, but an extra year is added to the Las Vegas contract to keep the rodeo event at Thomas & Mack Center through at least 2025.
— Aces beat Seattle Storm to capture No. 1 seed in WNBA playoffs.
— Golden Knights eliminated by Stars in five games in Western Conference Final.
— NFL warns teams face coverings must be properly worn.
— A’ja Wilson named WNBA MVP.
— Jon Gruden says that he’s had COVID.
— Mountain West-Atlantic 10 Conference Challenge men’s basketball series canceled for this year.
— NFL fines Raiders $250,000 and Jon Gruden $100,000 for Gruden not properly wearing a mask during game against Saints.
— Mountain West approves playing conference-only eight-game season that begins Oct. 24.
— Kurt Busch ends 0-for-21 skid at hometown track when he takes South Point 400.
— Several Raiders are seen not wearing masks at Darren Waller’s fundraiser.
— Gov. Steve Sisolak creates a path for teams to play before fans by allowing up to 250 spectators unless the venue holds at least 2,500. It’s up to 10 percent of capacity for those venues.
— Aces advance to WNBA Finals by eliminating Connecticut Sun in five games.
— NFL sends memo saying events like Darren Waller’s fundraiser are off limits.
— Gov. Steve Sisolak eases restrictions on some recreational sports.
— Golden Knights sign Robin Lehner to five-year, $25 million contract.
— Raiders fined $50,000 for “allowing a non-credentialed employee” into locker room after Saints game.
— DragonRidge Country Club fined $2,000 by the city of Henderson for violating state COVID protocols during Darren Waller fundraiser.
— Lights become first local team to play before fans since the shutdown when 250 attend home finale, a loss to Orange County SC.
— Aces swept by Seattle Storm in WNBA Finals.
— Golden Knights take Michigan freshman Brendan Brisson in first round of NHL draft.
— Golden Knights trade Paul Stastny.
— Raiders beat defending Super Bowl champion Chiefs for team’s first victory in Kansas City in seven years.
— Los Angeles Lakers beat Miami Heat in six games to tie Boston Celtics with 17th championship.
— Martin Laird wins Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.
— Golden Knights sign prized free agent Alex Pietrangelo. The domino effect forces Knights to trade fan favorite Nate Schmidt, but they retain star Marc-Andre Fleury.
— DragonRidge Country Club fined $10,930 by Nevada’s OSHA for violations during Darren Waller fundraiser.
— NCAA awards Las Vegas a 2023 men’s basketball regional, 2026 men’s hockey Frozen Four and several other championship events.
— Pro Bowl scheduled this season for Allegiant Stadium postponed until 2022.
— Raiders propose hosting 2024 Super Bowl.
— Las Vegas Motor Speedway announces Dodge NHRA Finals will have limited spectators.
— Raiders offensive line sent home because of COVID-19 protocols.
— Fourth version of Golden Knights jersey leaked online.
— UNLV announces up to 2,000 fans allowed for each of its first two football games.
— Los Angeles Dodgers beat Tampa Bay Rays in six games to win the World Series before a limited crowd in Arlington, Texas.
— UNLV plays its first football game at Allegiant Stadium, losing to UNR.
— Trent Brown hospitalized after IV mishap before Raiders’ game at Cleveland.
— NFL fines Raiders $500,000 and Jon Gruden $150,000 and strips the club of a sixth-round draft pick because of violations of COVID-19 protocols. Trent Brown on COVID reserve list for second time.
— Mountain West switches from an 18-game to 20-game conference men’s and women’s basketball season.
— Lifeguard Arena opens to the public.
— New Mexico’s football team, which has moved to Las Vegas to train and play because of COVID-19 restrictions in its state, plays its first game as home team at Sam Boyd Stadium. The Lobos lose to UNR.
— UNLV announces its final two football games and the beginning of the men’s and women’s basketball seasons will be played without fans.
— UNLV-Colorado State football game canceled.
— Ten Raiders defensive players placed on NFL’s COVID-19 reserve list.
— CCSD cancels winter sports seasons.
— UNLV-Boise State football game canceled.
— NFR begins in Arlington, Texas.
— Former Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict arrested on misdemeanor battery charge.
— Derek Carr completes 46-yard touchdown pass to Henry Ruggs with five seconds left to give Raiders victory over the Jets, resulting in New York firing its defensive coordinator,
— Findlay Prep plans to revive its boys basketball program.
— UNLV-Eastern Washington men’s basketball game canceled.
—Oakland Athletics retain Aviators as their top farm team.
— Paul Guenther is fired as Raiders defensive coordinator, and defensive line coach Rod Marinelli is named the interim DC for the rest of the season.
— UNLV-Pepperdine men’s basketball game canceled.
— UNLV men’s basketball coach T.J. Otzelberger tests positive for COVID-19.
— UNLV wide receiver Kyle Williams named Mountain West freshman of the year.
— Mountain West revises men’s basketball schedule.
— Raiders quarterback Derek Carr injures groin in loss to Los Angeles Chargers but does not miss his following start.
— NHL finalizes deal to open season Jan. 13.
— UNLV men’s basketball pauses activities through the remainder of the calendar year.
— Longtime Las Vegas resident Deryk Engelland retires from the Golden Knights and takes a job with the organization’s charity foundation.
— Golden Knights release season schedule.
— UNLV men’s basketball postpones San Diego State series that was scheduled for Jan. 2 and 4.
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