Las Vegas welcomes fans for another busy sporting weekend
LAS VEGAS (KTNV) – From Friday to Sunday, major sporting events are expected to dominate Las Vegas for another weekend, seeing thousands of fans flocking to the city still trying to recover from the devastating economic effects of the pandemic.
The weekend started off with a disappointing end for the Las Vegas Aces, who were knocked out of the WNBA semifinals with a loss to the Phoenix Mercury.
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The eyes of the boxing world will be on the T-Mobile arena on Saturday for the trilogy title fight between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury.
The fight had been repeatedly delayed due to the coronavirus, but Fury will finally have the chance to avenge his only professional loss to Wilder.
On Sunday, the Las Vegas Raiders will have a chance to bounce back from their first loss of the season to the LA Chargers when they host the Chicago Bears at Allegiant Stadium.
Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority President and CEO Steve Hill said sporting events bring people to Las Vegas in what have always been slow tourist times of the year.
âFour or five years ago we organized ‘Ultimate Sports Weekends’, of which this event was a part,â he said. “Now, we don’t even have to label every weekend an ultimate sports weekend, because every weekend here feels like an ultimate sports weekend.”
The PGA Tour also brings professional golfers to TPC in Summerlin for the Shriners Children’s Open all weekend.
Senior Applied Analytics Analyst Jeremy Aguero said the shift to sports in Las Vegas could transform the economy after the pandemic.
He said the economy had not returned to pre-pandemic levels and that it would take the full return of large-scale conventions and international travel to get the economy back to full capacity.