Vegas Golden Knights forced to find new digs after San Jose hotel closes and goes bankrupt


When the Vegas Golden Knights traveled to San Jose to face the Sharks on Friday, they probably didn’t think too much about where they would be sleeping that night. It turns out that became a real priority when the hotel they were staying at suddenly closed just before the game.

The Fairmont hotel in downtown San Jose filed for bankruptcy on Friday and immediately closed, by The Mercury News. Owners of the 805-room hotel told the newspaper they had closed as they tried to “find a management partner and extend existing mortgage debt”. The subsidiary that owns the Fairmont noted debts ranging from $100 million to $500 million, according to a filing with the US bankruptcy court.

According to Justin Emerson of the Las Vegas Sun, the Knights found a new hotel after the game. Fortunately, they had taken their bags with them because they had learned of the closing after their breakfast.

“It’s probably a first for everyone on our team,” defenseman Nick Holden told Emerson.

“It was a surreal experience,” coach Pete DeBoer told Emerson. “I hope it’s the end of the COVID year, but that was almost the icing on the cake for what the last year has been for everyone around the world. Just one more thing for you launched, another thing to deal with.

“Not that I put it in the same breath as dealing with COVID, but it was just one of those things that were thrown at us, we dealt with it and found a way to get off to a good start , so good resilience by our group.

The Knights are on their way to Minnesota for their next game, but the Fairmont’s closure could continue to plague the NHL in the short term. The league had designated the Fairmont as the only hotel every visiting NHL team must stay in town. Presumably, they’ll update their protocols by the time the St. Louis Blues come to town on Monday.

[Las Vegas Sun, Mercury News]


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