A somber city gets an opening night years in the making

Published 2:15 a.m. ET Oct. 9, 2017 | Updated 2:15 a.m. ET Oct. 9, 2017

LAS VEGAS (AP) — It was supposed to be a celebration of all the things this city is about, a night many thought would never come.

But the carnage is too fresh, the horror still too real.

The city’s first major professional sports team opens at home on the Las Vegas Strip on Tuesday night, a short walk from where a gunman carried out an unthinkable attack that left 58 people dead. Fans are expected to pack the T-Mobile Arena to watch the Vegas Golden Knights against the Arizona Coyotes in a debut more than three years in the making.

Hockey will still be played. But the celebration will have to wait.

“This terrible event has kind of put a damper on opening night,” Knights owner Bill Foley said. “We’re going to be very respectful and pay tribute to the first…

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