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Stars Owner Wary Of Returning Without Fans, Anticipates Flexibility

Tom Gaglardi said the idea of coming back to the ice with no fans is a "bit of a horrifying thought"
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Tom Gaglardi said the idea of coming back to the ice with no fans is a "bit of a horrifying thought"
Photo: GETTY IMAGES
Tom Gaglardi said the idea of coming back to the ice with no fans is a "bit of a horrifying thought"
Photo: GETTY IMAGES

The NHL returning to the ice without fans would be a "tough pill to swallow" for Stars Owner Tom Gaglardi, according to Joey Hayden of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. Gaglardi in an interview yesterday with Dallas-based KTCK-AM said, "It's kind of a bit of a horrifying thought, to be perfectly honest, and I sure hope it's not a road we end up having to visit. And if we do have to visit to get our season completed, I hope it's not for long." He added, "I don't think we need a vaccine, per se, to start to see fans in arenas and stadiums. We've got models for 4,000 people in our stadium -- plus or minus -- that we could possibly social distance. So, there's all kinds of conversations and topics going on." Gaglardi on health-and-safety measures said, "That's the biggest challenge is the logistics of how to test, how often, what the protocols are. It's going to get crazy. Once we get these logistics figured out, we've got jurisdictions to worry about, we've got players to fly in from Europe -- it's a crazy amount of stuff that we have to clear over to get ourselves in a position to play, but we're determined to do it. And I think we'll play" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 5/20).