Las Vegas Stadium is already paying big dividends for the evolving sports destination. Slated to host the NFL’s Raiders starting in the 2020 season, the venue has also landed another marquee football attraction: the Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl. Just wait until the stadium is open for business!
Launched in 1992, the bowl game will increase its profile from the move. It will played after Christmas for the first time in 2020, the first year of a six-year pact announced in June. A Pac 12 representative will play a team from the SEC or Big Ten.
Bowl officials will get the second pick of a Pac 12 team after the College Football Playoff selections are made.
UNLV’s Sam Boyd Stadium previously hosted the game.
The $1.8 billion Las Vegas has all the elements necessary to attract major events across all sports. It will include retractable doors and a glass-domed roof.
Las Vegas was awarded the 2020 NFL Draft in conjunction with the stadium’s opening. It seems like a matter of time before the Super Bowl lands at the stadium. New NCAA rules also open the door to future championships, including potentially the Final Four and Frozen Four.
Hockey has already proven very popular in Las Vegas. The Golden Knights sell out T-Mobile Arena regularly and reached the Stanley Cup finals in its first year.
The evolution of Las Vegas as a sports destination is difficult to keep up with. Recently, MGM Resorts International added a third sales director, Sarah Kirchberg, to expand its prowess as more sporting events eye the city.