The Silvertips’ Olen Zellweger controls the puck during a game against the Blades on Nov. 22, 2019, at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

The Silvertips’ Olen Zellweger controls the puck during a game against the Blades on Nov. 22, 2019, at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Silvertips will play home opener on Oct. 8 in front of fans

Everett has not played with fans in the stands at Angel of the Winds Arena since March 7, 2020.

EVERETT — More than 17 months will have passed, but the Everett Silvertips are set to welcome fans back to Angel of the Winds Arena.

The Tips announced Friday that their home opener for the 2021-22 season will be be held Oct. 8. The Friday-night game will be against the Portland Winterhawks and will start at 7:05 p.m.

The WHL announced earlier this week that the league intends to play the 2021-22 season with a full 68-game schedule and arenas open to full capacity. This is after the 2020 playoffs were canceled and the 2021-22 season was reduced to a 24-game schedule without fans, all because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The 2021-22 season is scheduled to begin Oct. 1, so Everett will start the season on the road.

Everett, which claimed the abbreviated 2020-21 season’s U.S. Division championship, has not played a home game in front of fans since March 7, 2020.

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