Super Bowl Las Vegas – Our First Look

Allegiant Stadium

As most of the world now knows., Las Vegas got suckered into hosting the National football league’s (NFL) Super Bowl game in 2024. 

So today I wanted to take a first look at just what we are getting ourselves into and to ask the question: Is It Worth it?? My Answer?  I think Not.

Let’s take a look at what we already know will happen and look at what happened in previous cities that got suckered into hosting the NFL’s big game.

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First, asking just how did we get the blessing of the NFL to host such an event?

The 2024 game was supposed to be played in New Orleans, but when they saw it would interfere with their Mardi gras celebration, they knew it was smarter and more profitable to host that event over this event.  Smart move in my book.

What we know so far, are the demands of the NFL:

  • Police escorts for team owners
  • Use of presidential suites at the city’s top hotels
  • 35,000 parking spaces
  • NFL gets all profits from NFL merchandise sold in the host city
  • All revenue from ticket sales goes to the league
  • Members of local host committee have to buy their own tickets
  • Two bowling venues (??)
  • Portable cellphone towers
  • Advertising space from local newspapers and radio stations
  • The host committee will pay the NFL $55 million (??????)

We are supposed to give them a ton of freebies that will cost this city a ton of money while they sit back and smile? Shouldn’t they be paying US for the honor?  After all, if it weren’t for our legal sportsbooks, tourists betting on their teams for the last 50 years, the NFL would have been bankrupt decades ago.  They should be paying us for the honor!

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I digress…

What we know from Previous host cities and Super Bowl NFL demands

  • Hotel rooms for eight nights for each participating team, including 150 standard rooms, two “Presidential” suites and five other suites.
  • Rent-free use of Stadium for the game and of other venues for ancillary events.
  • Assignment of 10 security officers to each team hotel during the day and five during the night, as well as police escorts for the team owners to and from the game.
  • Approximately 10,000 parking spaces for game-day use,
    Why 35,000 for Las Vegas??
  • The NFL retaining the parking revenue from the game.
  • A wide range of lesser items, such as installing up to 2,000 banners on street poles and setting up a “social media monitoring and response center.”
  • provide NFL owners with “VIP private airport accommodations.”
  •  reimburse the league and its teams for any other state or local taxes they pay in connection with the Super Bowl here.

Now comes the big issue… Security details.

Super Bowl Security, Vegas Style

Think about this, Las Vegas is the only host city to have its main tourist corridor AND one of the busiest International airports just a couple of blocks away from the stadium…

Because this event is known the world over for having some of the best commercials ever made, that makes the host city a target for just about any reason or cause. 

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) the super bowl  has a Special Event Assessment Rating (SEAR) of 1 – meaning it has national and international importance that requires “extensive federal interagency support,”

Do You Know what that means??

If it is a government agency that deals with security, expect that they will be here in full force. 

Nellis Airbase will be on high alert.  We should get a pretty good view of all the best military aircraft in the world  Including  Black Hawk helicopters and jet fighters with the inferred cameras circling above the city and the Stadium

Staying at a resort on the Strip or near the stadium?  Expect New Year’s Eve style security.  That means every member of your party will have their own credential with an RFID chip in it for tracking.  You will need this credential to enter or to leave the property.

The Vegas Valley will most  likely be a No-Drone Zone

Previous host cities had a security perimeter around the stadium of 10 to thirty nautical miles. Only approved commercial aircraft allowed into that perimeter. 

That would shove all other aircraft, including tourist helicopters to either Henderson airport or Jean/Primm airfields.

If I were an Uber Driver, I would get to know the other airports around town much better than you do now!

A One Mile Fenced Perimeter Around the Stadium would fence off

  • Limiting tourist traffic
  • A one-mile sealed barrier circling the stadium.  No vehicles are allowed in that perimeter.  That would include the MGM and the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign
  • On game day, only credentialed people would be allowed in that barrier
  • Vehicles that are allowed in or near that perimeter would be subject to X-ray and physical inspection
  • Public transit/shuttle/monorail restrictions

With all the various government agencies here for the game week, and all the new security technology they will bring in and tie into the resort’s already cutting edge technology, expect all the security cameras will be tied into one large database.

From resort security cameras to street cams and traffic cams to aerial surveillance cameras.  Then add-in the RFID chip to your credentials and resort badges, it will all get fed into one large government database

After everything we will have to endure, all the invasions and givebacks the city is handing the NFL, In the end, I see no real benefit to hosting this game. 

Too many barriers, too many expenses, and too much BS to deal with. 

Normally Super Bowl Sunday is the biggest sporting event in Las Vegas.  More people are here that weekend than are in the host city!! People are here spending money without us having to give a skim to one corrupt organization.

Besides, if it weren’t for our legal sportsbooks, the NFL would have been bankrupt and out of business decades ago,

I’m serious when I say they should actually be paying us for the honor of hosting the event…

Just my opinion. What’s yours. 

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