Las Vegas is heading into the New Year with a host of Sports and Convention Activity.
The LAS VEGAS CONVENTION CENTER Ranked #1 on The Wall Street Journal’s List of the 30 BEST Convention Centers in the U.S., with rankings based on the quality of the facility and the vibrancy of the surrounding city. The Venetian Convention and Expo Center and Mandalay Bay Convention Center ranked third and seventh respectively, solidifying Las Vegas’ position as the premier tradeshow destination.
The Wall Street Journal, scores were primarily weighted on the size and quality of convention facilities, including total square footage, amount of exhibition space, the number of meeting rooms, and the proximity to a major airport. Walkability of the convention destination in addition to weather, dining, entertainment, and hotel offerings were also considered.
Las Vegas has been named the number one trade show destination in North America for 26 consecutive years by Trade Show News Network (TSNN), the world's leading resource for the trade show and event industry. Its combined 15 million square feet of meeting and event space is more than any destination in North America. The destination welcomed 4.9 million convention attendees in 2022. The Wall Street Journal highlighted the demand for dual-purpose trips that combine business and pleasure, with more business travelers tacking on leisure trips before or after meetings.
The 4.6 million square foot LVCC is a key component of Southern Nevada’s convention and meeting segment, hosting about one-sixth of the region’s convention attendees. The $1 billion West Hall debuted in 2021 and the renovation of the LVCC’s legacy campus kicked off earlier this year. The LVCC hosted 56 conventions in 2022 with a combined attendance of more than 840,000, accounting for $2.2 billion in direct and induced economic impact, according to data published by the LVCVA’s Research Center. So far this year, the facility has hosted 35 tradeshows with an estimated attendance of 900,000.
Las Vegas IS preparing to usher in an unprecedented line up of tradeshows and marquee sporting events through February that will garner worldwide attention. Shows Include:
Dec. 1, Pac-12 Conference Championship Football Game at Allegiant Stadium
The 2023 Pac-12 Football Championship Game, returns to Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas for the third consecutive year on Friday, Dec. 1. The Washington Huskies will take on the Oregon Ducks for the 2023 title. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. PT / 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
Dec. 7-9, inaugural NBA In-Season Tournament,
The tournament’s semifinals and championship games will take place Dec. 7 and Dec. 9 at T-Mobile Arena. The NBA expects the first-time event to be a global affair on the Strip.
Dec. 7-16, 2023 NATIONAL FINALS RODEO
For 10 days in December the National Finals Rodeo (NFR) transforms the look and feel of Las Vegas in a spectacular way. Each year, thousands of rodeo enthusiasts decked out in Wrangler jeans, cowboy boots and outsized hats stroll up and down the Vegas strip, and fill Las Vegas Hotel Lobbies, Casinos, Showrooms and Restaurants.
Dec. 23, Las Vegas Bowl College Football
The 31st annual Las Vegas Bowl game is scheduled to be played on December 23, 2023, at Allegiant Stadium. The game will feature teams from the Pac-12 Conference and the Big Ten Conferenc
NEW YEAR'S EVE, LAS VEGAS
Jan. 5-8, CES CONSUMER ELECTRONICS SHOW
Jan. 23-25, 2024, WORLD of CONCRETE,
and climaxing Feb. 5-11, 2024, with NFL SUPER BOWL LVIII.
February 11, 2024, the Super Bowl will take place at Allegiant Stadium and marks the first time Las Vegas and the state of Nevada will welcome the Super Bowl, further solidifying the destination as the "Greatest Arena on Earth."