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Golden Knights leave door ajar for crowds later this season

Updated December 21, 2020 - 6:22 pm

As expected, the Golden Knights will begin the season playing games without fans at T-Mobile Arena. But they haven’t closed the door on having crowds at some point.

A team spokesperson confirmed Monday the Knights are unable to host fans should they play home games from the targeted start date of Jan. 13 to 15. But that could change based on any updated local health guidelines for large gatherings.

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak extended a statewide pause until Jan. 15 that restricts public gathering sizes to 50 people or to 25 percent of capacity, whichever number is lower. The Knights would be able to host fans if Sisolak eases rules next month.

“Under the current guidelines and directives regarding public gatherings set forth by our county and state, we unfortunately can’t have fans at our home games through Jan. 15, 2021,” the organization said in a statement. “However, our goal is to have fans in attendance at some point during the regular season once we are safely able to. We will continue to follow the guidance and recommendations from our local officials on the matter.”

“We can’t wait to welcome the medieval maniacs back to the Fortress and give our team the best home-ice advantage in the NHL.”

Contact David Schoen at dschoen@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5203. Follow @DavidSchoenLVRJ on Twitter.

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