The Vegas Golden Knights were approved for 2,600 fans at each home game starting on March 1, but the team has yet to release a statement.

UPDATE (Feb. 22) -- The Nevada Division of Industrial Relations approved the Vegas Golden Knights to host guests at 15% capacity, the agency announced in a COVID-19 call Monday.

The team will be able to host up to 2,600 fans at home games beginning March 1, the DIR said. 

That is welcome news to Carnell Johnson, nicknamed Golden Pipes. He sings the national anthem at games. This season, Johnson has been singing to an empty arena.

When the hockey season was halted in March 2020, Johnson hit hard times.

"I went through what a lot of other people went through losing their job, first being furloughed and then being laid off, collecting unemployment and going to meal lines and getting boxes of food that I needed," said Johnson. "I did that from March to December."

Johnson landed a full-time gig and now looks to help others in the community. He will sing when fans return to the fortress. 

This is a developing update. Check back for more. 


The Vegas Golden Knights is submitting a plan to state and local officials to host a large gathering at T-Mobile Arena.

ORIGINAL REPORT: LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- The Vegas Golden Knights is submitting a plan to state and local officials to host a large gathering at T-Mobile Arena. 

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Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Deryk Engelland (5) practices during an NHL hockey summer training camp as the NHL reopens during the coronavirus Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

"We are submitting our plan for 20% capacity to all of the various state and local entities for approval. If we have approval, we will provide details regarding ticket sales and entry requirements at that time," said a Golden Knights representative in an email on Monday. 

Vegas Golden Knights fans say they're fired up at the possibility of seeing the team live this season.

Gov. Steve Sisolak last week announced that large venues can submit applications to local and state officials to host gatherings with 20% of the venues' total fixed seating no sooner than March 1.  

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