Sports & The Pandemic

Sports & The Pandemic

The 2019-2020 coronavirus pandemic that has swept across the globe in the last few months has not only had a significant impact on public health, society, and the economy as a whole, but has also wreaked havoc to the sporting calendar. In a bid to stem the spread of the virus, many professional and amateur leagues across all continents took the unprecedented step to postpone or suspend their seasons upon the advice of the CDC to avoid large gatherings of people. Causing sports fans across the globe to be stuck inside their homes without their favorite team to root for.

Following the news that Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, the NBA was the first professional sports league in the United States to suspend its season indefinitely. At the time the season was suspended on March 11, 2020, there were still 259 games left in the 2019/20 NBA regular season. This was followed immediately by the NHL shutdown, one day later, on March 12, 2020. Each league followed similar timelines and ultimately were both able to resume their respective seasons within a biosecure “bubble”. Although they completed their seasons in very unconventional formats, fans around the globe were happy nonetheless to get back sports for the first time in over 4 months. Unfortunately, our beloved Las Vegas Golden Knights were unable to obtain the ultimate goal of winning the Stanley Cup Final. Aside from this, they still had a great season making it to the Western Conference Finals. Across the country in the NBA “bubble” the Los Angeles Lakers dominated en route to the franchise’s 17th NBA Championship. By the time the final game of the season was played on October 11, 2020, it had been 11 months since the season began, marking this the longest NBA season ever.

As if not being able to watch the Knights wasn’t enough. Following the lead of the NBA’s suspension, the NCAA cancelled all of its remaining winter and spring college championships, including “March Madness.” The television and marketing rights for this tournament add up to 867 million U.S. dollars, all of which was thrown into chaos with the news of the tournament’s first cancelation since its inaugural season in 1939. For a fan, this cancellation was the final dagger that put all sports into hibernation for the next 4 months.

COVID-19 didn’t stop there! Two other landmark sporting leagues that were also hit by the crisis this summer were the NFL and MLB. The 2020 editions of both leagues were altered, but maintained at least a variation of their seasons. With a shortened season for baseball and very limited fans allowed for both, the NFL or MLB, their seasons have looked a bit peculiar to the common fan. Players and fans alike were forced to change their expectations on a number of levels due to the coronavirus pandemic, none more than our own Vegas community. With the highly anticipated inaugural Las Vegas Raiders season approaching, there was much uncertainty. Fortunately for our locals, we still are getting to enjoy our newest pro sports team play, but only from a distance.

We know you are tired of rewatching the same Netflix shows over and over again. That’s why with the world of sports changing so drastically, we decided to change with it. The all new Tailgate Social at Palace Station has been reinvented unlike anything you have seen before. We believe in creating that same game day experience, even if we can’t physically be at the game. The pandemic can take the fans out of the stadium, but that can’t stop us from bringing that same stadium experience to you. While things are ever-changing, one thing will stay the same: Tailgate Social’s vast beer selection, signature craft cocktails and endless game day food options. So, if you’ve been hiding inside for far too many months and longing for that game day experience, Tailgate Social is here to give you that “tailgater” feeling again.