Stadiums and arenas have been open for months for fans to play sports.
Las Vegas this weekend will be the meeting place for six different sports, hosting events in and around the city. In minor league baseball, the Aviators (Oakland’s Triple-A affiliate) host the Oklahoma City Dodgers in a series of weekends; Lights FC face San Diego Loyal on Saturday; UFC 266 takes place on Saturday, starring Alexander Volkanovski and Brian Ortega; Golden Knights host San Jose in Sunday preseason game; NASCAR is in town, finishing with SouthPoint 400 on Sunday; and the 2-0 Las Vegas Raiders host the Miami Dolphins on Sunday afternoon.
The convergence of fans and crowds is a stark contrast for franchises, the hospitality industry, and a city that has struggled amid the pandemic.
Jeremy Aguero, of Applied Analysis, works with clients in the gaming industry and the UFC to provide economic analysis. Aguero said the impact goes far beyond the purchase of tickets and concessions at arenas and stadiums.
“I don’t want to downplay everything that happens at Allegiant Stadium or T-Mobile,” Aguero told KLAS, a CBS station in Las Vegas. “These things are fantastic and other communities would go out of their way to host these events in their backyards. But it doesn’t end there. People are spending the night, playing in our casinos or shopping in our. stores and they eat in our restaurants. “
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While the country continues to grapple with COVID-19, particularly the delta variant, the locations in Las Vegas have different guidelines and protocols.
Masks are mandatory – unless actively eating or drinking – at UFC 266 at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday, and the same for the NHL preseason game on Sunday. For baseball, fans are required to have a mask while occupying indoor spaces. Ditto for NASCAR events during the weekend. MLS match guidelines state that “masks are now optional for those fully vaccinated,” but are still required for unvaccinated fans – although proof of vaccination is not required. And for the Raiders game, proof of vaccination is required for fans 12 and older to enter Allegiant Stadium.
The state of Nevada requires masks to be worn indoors, including on the floors of Las Vegas casinos.
At any given time on Sunday, it is estimated that around 200,000 fans will be at sports venues in Las Vegas.