The Golden Knights are honoring their home city during their home opener.
When the Vegas Golden Knights take the ice for their first regular season home game on Tuesday night, they’ll be surrounded by messages of solidarity for their home city.
Instead of advertisements, the boards for the home opener against the Coyotes will feature the phrase “Vegas Strong,” a common refrain in the city after the deadly mass shooting there last week.
“It’s going to be a moving experience,” owner Bill Foley told NHL.com. “There’s going to be a lot of tears shed.”
This will be the Golden Knights’ first home game since Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and injured hundreds more during a music festival on the Las Vegas Strip. They had a preseason game at home hours before the shooting and then began their regular season on the road.
The arena is beefing up security for the game as a precautionary measure. The team is planning a pregame ceremony to honor the victims and celebrate the efforts of first responders, and will also hold a moment of silence before puck drop.
The game begins at 10:30 p.m. ET and will be televised nationally on NBCSN.