Top Five Most Massive Las Vegas Events
February 9, 2014 06:44 PM
Shows and conventions are pretty much common in Las Vegas, with several attracting 10,000 to 50,000 people, but only those that reach and pass the 70,000 to 80,000 mark truly make the most impact in town. Here are the five most massive crowd-drawers Las Vegas has seen so far:
Grateful Dead at Sam Boyd Stadium
Back in the early 90′s, the Grateful Dead did annual shows in Las Vegas, with the last on 1995, before vocalist Jerry Garcia’s demise. That year, the three shows the band played drew 135,000 Deadheads and packed the Sam Boyd Stadium. The show was so popular it marked the start of other huge concerts from artists like Paul McCartney, the Eagles and U2.
International Consumer Electronics Show
ICES is a yearly showcasing of the latest innovations in techie gadgets and has been steadily increasing its expected 100,000 guests year after year. Last January, the show got 140,000 people, which was a 10% growth from 2010. The major factor in that increase is the size of the international attendees who flocked to the show: over 30,000 foreigners made the trip to the convention. The number could’ve been higher as organizers learned later that another 40,000 were planning to fly in but were put off by the visa application process.
The top NASCAR racing series, the Sprint Cup, happens one weekend a year in Southern Nevada, drawing people from all over the country to watch the blazing action. Though it’s been consistently getting huge numbers of race enthusiasts, this year’s 145,000 sell-out crowd was comparably weaker, especially in contrast to the 156,000 of 2007′s NASCAR weekend.
National Finals Rodeo
Thomas & Mack Center has been regularly organizing this 10-day National Finals to sell-out crowds since 1985. It’s biggest client so far, the rodeo Super Bowl event always runs out of tickets as almost 200,000 fans converge on the most awaited event in cowboy (and cowgirl) world. Casinos are actually showcasing live broadcasts of the competition to those unfortunate enough to miss out on a ticket.
New Year’s Eve on the Strip
The annual New Year’s Eve celebration at the Las Vegas Strip is by far the most massive crowd-drawing event of the city. It has reigned at the top of Priceline.com’s New Year’s Eve destinations and always brings in 300,000 people to come and be part of the amazing light show extravaganza. It’s so massive that hotels, casinos, bars and clubs are all jam-packed with people, and the Strip has to be barred from vehicle access so crowds can congregate in Las Vegas Boulevard.
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