Las Vegas hosts a huge sporting event (along with the Super Bowl)


Just a few years ago, professional sports largely ignored La Vegas. The National Basketball Association plays its summer league in Sin City, but it’s mostly players who aren’t yet rich enough to have too much trouble (and game results don’t really matter, so betting are not really a problem).

When the Supreme Court made sports betting available to all states, some of the reasons to avoid Las Vegas disappeared.

The city, however, still has its share of temptations that make it a great place for fans watching sporting events, and perhaps still a dicey place to hold them. That didn’t stop the Golden Knights from taking up residence in the T-Mobile Arena, right in the heart of the legendary Las Vegas Strip, within walking distance of many Caesars Entertainment and MGM Resorts International. (MGM) – Get the MGM Resorts International Report hotels and casinos.

The former Oakland Raiders followed the Golden Knights to Las Vegas. And while their home, Allegiant Stadium, isn’t quite on the Strip, National Football League (NFL) games have been a boon for the casinos (and not just those owned by Caesars and MGM).

Today, Vegas has become a top sports destination with the construction of an NBA-ready arena, and the Oakland A’s are eyeing at least five different properties on or near the Strip for a new stadium.

Las Vegas has already won a Super Bowl, but another massive global sporting event could beat the NFL to the punch.

Las Vegas gets a Super Bowl

Typically, when an NFL team in a major market that has the infrastructure to host a Super Bowl gets a new stadium, the NFL brings a Super Bowl to that city within five years. Vegas certainly has the infrastructure, but it never seemed certain that the league would put its most important game – an event watched by hundreds of millions of people around the world – in a city famous for its excesses.

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The league, however, has decided to do just that, and Super Bowl LVII will take place at Allegiant Stadium on February 11, 2024.

“From the moment Allegiant Stadium was approved, we knew it was only a matter of time before Las Vegas hosted the Super Bowl. today,” said Maury Gallagher, Chairman of the Las Vegas Super Bowl Organizing Committee. “Las Vegas is doing everything bigger and brighter, and this committee is eager to create a unique and exciting experience for fans. , players and staff.”

Bigger and brighter for sure, but maybe not big enough to shut down the Strip, which an event that could take place as early as 2023 might do.

F1 hits the Las Vegas Strip

Formula 1 or F1 may not be as big in the United States as it is in the rest of the world, but it has a huge following. The racing league, which uses open-wheel single-seater cars, holds most of its racing on tracks. A few, however, take place on open roads, and a announced Formula 1 race for Las Vegas, taking place partly on parts of Las Vegas Blvd (the Las Vegas Strip) is imminent, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

“Plans tentatively include drivers racing in and around the Strip, including areas around the Bellagio and further north. Portions of Las Vegas Boulevard would be temporarily closed to accommodate the race,” wrote Review-Journal’s Mick Akers. . “Earlier this year, this same person noted that the race will not be a one-off race and that it is likely that the Las Vegas race will become the flagship race for F1 in the United States.

Because F1 has already planned its 2022 calendar, the earliest a race could take place is 2023 – beating the Super Bowl.

Caesars once hosted an F1 race in its parking lot in the early 80s.

Having an annual F1 race would be a huge boost for Caesars and MGM who control most of the major casino properties on the Strip between them. The race would likely attract an international crowd as well as American F1 fans.


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