COVID, Record Heat Be Damned, Las Vegas packed Allegiant Stadium, T-Mobile Arena for Saturday night events


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It’s the building Southern Nevada has invested so much in, a domed stadium that drew an NFL team to Las Vegas from Oakland with 65,000 seats as well as luxury suites, chic clubs and many concessions at the restaurant level.

The Raiders played eight games in their palace in 2020, but it was Saturday night that the sports and entertainment center with so many amenities came to life at 100% capacity and all 65,000 seats were filled.

The hugely popular Garth Brooks, the Country Music Hall of Famer with mainstream appeal, was the headliner that filled the Raiders’ $ 2 billion venue which included a $ 750 million building grant from the South from Nevada. This is the highest public money ever committed to building an NFL stadium.

With 20,000 other people descending on the UFC fight show at the nearby T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas mocked a skyrocketing 117-degree temperature and a COVID-19 pandemic to pack two of its pricey entertainment venues because the local market with economy based entertainment wants normality and tourist dollars in the worst possible way.

Garth Brooks fans make the pilgrimage from the east side of I-15 to the stadium via a closed Hacienda Avenue.

It was sort of a meeting between Grapes of Wrath and National Finals Rodeo outside the southwest entrance to the stadium for Garth Brooks.

The stadium was used a week ago by an electronic music artist named Illenium, a techno DJ and musician from Denver who drew around 35,000 people to Allegiant Stadium on July 3.

But the stadium’s traffic and parking problems reached a heightened level today as spectators who bought parking cards tried to find where to park at the stadium site which has only 2,500 seats. parking on the actual footprint of the stadium. Here is the traffic one block west of the stadium.

Neighboring properties west of the stadium attempted to cash in the $ 100 parking fee charged by the Raiders.

About two blocks west of the stadium on Valley View, some properties were charging $ 60 and $ 50 to park.

On Hacienda Avenue, a business was asking $ 100.

Almost no one wore a mask, even though less than half of Clark County is fully vaccinated and the test positivity rate is now north of eight percent.

At the T-Mobile Arena, which hosted UFC 264, there were 20,000 people crammed into an arena to watch Conor McGregor fight Dustin Poirier. Cassandra Cousineau, at UFC 264 for LVSportsBiz, reported Dana White said gate was $ 16,076,000 and participation was 20,062.

Even President Donald Trump, UFC friend Prez Dana White, was also in attendance.

Speaking of electricity, with 85,000 people in two rooms, Nevada Energy had a message for its customers.

For the record, 65,000 people cheered Garth Brooks in a full stadium.

And McGregor broke his ankle and Poirier was the winner.

“It’s nice to see that our city is vibrant and vibrant,” said Steve McInelly, a Las Vegas resident.

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