The Golden Knights are stepping up to help T-Mobile Arena workers impacted by the loss of NHL games this season.
Golden Knights owner Bill Foley announced this morning that the organization, as well as players and the Golden Knights Foundation, have pledged “a minimum of $500,000” to support employees who are out of work. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is donating $100,000.
“As players we truly appreciate all the employees who work so hard in making The Fortress the best place to play in the NHL,” Fleury said in a statement. “They are just as much a part of the Las Vegas community as we are. My family and I hope that these contributions not only help those in need, but also inspire others who are in fortunate positions to step up and find ways to help too.”
The NHL announced March 12 it would suspend the rest of its season, which included postponing four Golden Knights home games and any potential playoff games. Many arena workers depend on game nights to collect a paycheck.
This donation will benefit part-time and hourly on-call employees, such as concession workers, retail staff, event personnel, production and cleaning staff. Those workers are not employed by the team but by the arena and third-party companies.
The team said it will also help its own part-time game-night employees, such as the in-arena hosts, production crew, music operators and camera workers.
“Make no mistake, these are uncertain and challenging times, especially here in the great city of Las Vegas,” Foley said in a statement. “But we are all in this together and we will all persevere together. We hope these contributions can have a positive impact on many of the staff and their families who are affected. We want to do our part.”