SUNRISE, FLA. – The NHL’s 2021 All-Star Weekend, which was set to be hosted by the Florida Panthers at the BB&T Center in Sunrise in January has been postponed due to the coronavirus.
The NHL made the announcement Thursday. They also announced the postponement of the 2021 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic in Minnesota.
The All-Star Weekend was originally supposed to take place Jan. 29-30 and the Winter Classic was set to take place on Jan 1.
“Fan participation, both in arenas and stadiums as well as in the ancillary venues and events that we stage around the Winter Classic and All-Star Weekend, is integral to the success of our signature events,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President Steve Mayer. “Because of the uncertainty as to when we will be able to welcome our fans back to our games, we felt that the prudent decision at this time was to postpone these celebrations until 2022 when our fans should be able to enjoy and celebrate these tentpole events in-person, as they were always intended.”
The NHL said they plan to return to both Minnesota and Florida for the signature events in the near future.