Long before the Golden Knights first sharpened their skates to defend the honor of Las Vegas on icy battlefields, armor-plated warriors wielding steel blades clashed in another part of the realm. Tournament of Kings is always in season at Excalibur, though, with a sword-and-sorcery storyline that provides a backdrop for pageantry, advanced horsemanship, medieval mannerisms and, of course, knight fighting.

It’s all done during a three-course dinner for 900 that’s served with Arthurian etiquette: no flatware can be found. Modern libations are supplied instead of mead. Nationality is determined by seating section, so whether one will be cheering for the flags of France, Hungary, Russia or any of their rivals is revealed after the show begins.

Whether the Golden Knights’ pre-game show was inspired by the pyrotechnics and special effects of Tournament of Kings is a subject for another article. There’s only one place in Vegas to see a spectacle with 10 horses in the cast, sparks flying from titanium swords and lances breaking upon impact, with plenty of power plays but no penalties. Cosplay is optional and enthusiasm is strongly encouraged at the Strip’s original spectator sport. Go and cheer for your side.

Excalibur, 6 p.m. Mon. & Fri., 6 & 8:30 p.m. Wed.-Thurs. & Sat.-Sun., starting at $55.95 dinner and show. 702.597.7600