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Vegas Golden Knights super fan embraces Willy Wonka-themed gimmick

Posted: 8:19 AM, Apr 11, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-11 16:37:08Z
Golden Knights super fan channels Willy Wonka
Golden Knights super fan channels Willy Wonka
Golden Knights super fan channels Willy Wonka
Golden Knights super fan channels Willy Wonka
Golden Knights super fan channels Willy Wonka

The Vegas Golden Knights are inspiring some super fans.

Mike Almeido is a local season ticket holder. He goes to games dressed up as VGK-themed Willy Wonka. It started at a home game when they put him up on the jumbotron next to the iconic Johnny Depp character.

"This is something that's kind of taken on a little bit more than I expected, but we're having fun with it," said Almeido.

It started with the glasses and he's slowly added to it. He's even got matching VGK shoes and socks. Dressed-up Almeido is very different than Almeido at work. He says there's a contagious community feeling at the games, especially because Las Vegas got its own franchise. This team never played for any other city.

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"They're feeding off of the fans and the fans are feeding off of them and it's created this energy. I've been to a lot of pro sporting events and I can't say there's any that carry the energy and the excitement that's inside T-Mobile," said Almeido.

Fans like Almeido are hoping that energy will help bring home the trophy.