Race fans will be in for quite a treat when they flock to Las Vegas Motor Speedway to get their NASCAR fix in March. The speedway, to improve and diversify its fan experience, is making many enhancements to the speedway’s seating and viewing areas for 2018. The renovations, designed by the Detroit-based architectural firm Rossetti, will modernize, and transform LVMS’s fan experience, bringing the facility to a new level and in line with fan expectations that continue to evolve at sports venues.
Enhancements include three completely renovated, exclusive clubhouse areas; the new Turn One Social Pavilion; two separate loge-box seat offerings; and a racing-inspired, interactive sports lounge. The renovations are currently under way and will be in place for the speedway’s first of two tripleheader NASCAR weekends next year.
“We’re extremely excited about the enhancements we have planned for our speedway, and we know fans will enjoy the new features,” LVMS President Chris Powell said. “Sports fans today are looking for greater variety and expect a more dynamic experience at events, and our enhancements will help provide them with memories they won’t soon forget. These changes will help modernize and diversify our facility, and we can’t wait for our loyal fans to reap the benefits of the improvements. We have big plans for 2018, and these improvements are a major part of what we expect to be a monumental year for our speedway.”
The clubhouse-member experience will be redefined at the track, as rails will separate the ends of the club seating sections and gates will mark the ends of aisles leading to general seating, making it a truly exclusive area. The terrace between club seating and clubhouses will enhance the guest experience by providing an outdoor social zone where members can mingle at tables and meander through drink rails while still feeling connected to the event.
The interior of the clubhouses will be remodeled to meet the demands of modern, club-member expectations, including a flexible space containing multiple portable food-and-beverage options, a combination of different types of tables and chairs and soft, lounge seating. The clubhouses will feature new finishes that enhance the racing experience and will be tied within the framework of a “speed and light” theme to exemplify racing and the city of Las Vegas.
Below the Richard Petty Terrace near Turn 1, the speedway will highlight multiple platforms of seating, including loge boxes. The area will seat approximately 200 fans and will cater to die-hard race fans who want to be close to the action while enjoying the comforts of swiveling armchairs, padded seating, all-inclusive food-and-beverage stations courtesy of Levy Restaurants, wait-staff service, and drink rails.
In addition, the Turn One Social Pavilion, in the area between the start-finish line and Turn 1, will create the ultimate flexible party zone adjacent to the racing surface. One continuous platform will allow for multiple seating areas, social zones, and game playing.
Fans who have purchased annual and weekend grandstand tickets, along with premium-seat holders, will have access to the speedway’s new interactive sports lounge, a 5,200-square-foot delight for the senses located in a reconfigured area located above the general seating between Turn 4 and the start-finish line. The sports lounge will be a hotbed of activity and will give fans a chance to gather in a social environment surrounded by a multitude of static and dynamic displays.
Attendees will be able to watch all of their favorite sporting events via a wall of flat-screen TVs while still being a part of the excitement taking place on the track. The lounge’s interior will include seating for 140 and a permanent central bar with strategically placed portable food zones, multiple seating options and restrooms. In addition, the sports lounge’s footprint also will include a large exterior terrace extended over the existing stadium seating, the perfect area for a “party platform” environment that will be complete with portable food and beverage carts, areas for games, social tables and lounge seating surrounding fire pits. The sports lounge also will include several dashboard-style digital information displays, as well as racing-related signage and information areas. More than 40 seats with panoramic views of the track are also planned for the new lounge.
Fans interested in locking in their specific VIP experience can choose from the variety of enhanced, premium-seating options by calling the LVMS Sales and Marketing Department at 702-632-8254 or by e-mailing [email protected].
LVMS will make history in 2018 when it becomes the first NASCAR speedway to host two tripleheader weekends in the same year. In addition to the March 2-4 Pennzoil 400 presented by Jiffy Lube Weekend, the speedway will host its first late-season NASCAR Weekend Sept. 14-16. Tickets are available by calling 1-800-644-4444 or logging on to www.LVMS.com.
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The Las Vegas National Horse Show (Nov. 14 – 19) brings one of the most prestigious equestrian events to Las Vegas with the feature evening, the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Las Vegas, taking place at the South Point Arena and Equestrian Center on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Presented by Interactive Mortgage, the horse show displays the incredible partnership between horse and rider as they make their way through the intricately planned course, working to jump each obstacle in the time allowed with no penalties. Those who make it to the next round will compete in the jump-off, a test of speed where the fastest horse and rider with the fewest penalties will gallop away with the win.
“The magic in this competition is seeing men and women compete equally, and the skill, accuracy and speed these athletes and their horses possess as they go through the course,” said Melissa Brandes of Blenheim EquiSports, producer of the Las Vegas National Horse Show. “We’re thrilled to be back in Las Vegas and at the South Point Arena and Equestrian Center, which offers the premier facility for both athletes and their horses to compete in, and we’re excited to see which rider comes out on top.”
This year, riders will be competing to qualify for a spot in the upcoming Longines FEI World Cup™ Finals, which takes places in Paris in 2018. Notable competitors include veterans such as Great Britain’s Olympic gold medalist Ben Maher; French Olympian and European Championships gold medalist, Eric Navet; and up and coming international competitors, Jennifer Gates and Emily Moffitt.
Doors to Saturday night’s main event will open at 5 p.m., where guests will have the opportunity to interact with a variety of roaming performers, including clowns, jugglers, magicians, face painters and much more. To kick off the evening, attendees will enjoy a vibrant opening ceremony, complete with a colorful Parade of Nations and a performance by American Equestrians Got Talent, Ki-Juan Minors.
Tickets for the $100,000 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 18 are available for $20 and can be purchased here. Children 10 years old and under will receive free admission. With the exception of Saturday night, competitions on Tuesday, Nov. 14 through Sunday, Nov. 19 are free and open to the public.
For more information about The Las Vegas National Horse Show, visit the competition WEBSITE. For more information about the South Point Arena and for a full list of upcoming events, visit the South Point WEBSITE.
Dirt will by flying at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway Dirt Track starting Wednesday as practice for the biggest event of the season in IMCA’s Larry Shaw Race Cars Western Region begins in earnest. More than 200 IMCA Modifieds and Northern SportMods are pre-registered for the 20th annual Duel in the Desert, which runs through Saturday at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway half-mile dirt oval. Qualifying features are Thursday, Nov. 9, and Friday, Nov. 10, with last-chance races and main events for both divisions set for Saturday, Nov. 11.
The Modifieds race for a first-place prize of $7,777 and a minimum of $777 to start their Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifier. Northern SportMods vie for a $1,777 top check on Saturday. Twenty-one states – including Alaska – and two Canadian provinces will be represented at this year’s Duel. Racing starts at 4 p.m. Pacific Time Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and Young Guns and Legends races precede 25-lap Northern SportMod and 40-lap Modified main events on Saturday. The Modified runner-up earns $3,250, with $2,250 for third, $1,750 for fourth, $1,500 for fifth, $1,250 for sixth, $1,150 for seventh, $1,100 for eighth, $1,050 for ninth and $1,000 for 10th. Winners of Thursday and Friday qualifiers earn $777.
Second place in the Northern SportMod main event pays $777, while Thursday and Friday qualifiers both pay $500 to win. IMCA.TV will broadcast every lap of the Duel in the Desert and is title sponsor of the throwback-themed best-looking car contest.
The Plaza Hotel & Casino offers customized and affordable party packages for groups large and small this holiday season. Whether in the iconic glass dome of Oscar’s Steakhouse or the newly remodeled ballroom, the Plaza provides personalized touches and memorable experiences for an unforgettable holiday party, including special appearances by legendary entertainer, Frankie Scinta.
For larger groups and based on availability, event planners can schedule an appearance by classic Vegas showroom headliner, Scinta to entertain guests during their party.
The Plaza is currently offering a $150 gift card to event planners who book a party for 10 or more guests. The gift card can be used towards the cost of the party or for a future dinner or event at the Plaza or Oscar’s.
The day of the party, the group will see their name in lights as the Plaza can welcome them via their jumbo LED screen overlooking the action of Fremont Street. Other special touches that the Plaza can offer include personalized menus, décor in the company’s brand colors and unique ice carvings.
With its diverse holiday catering menus, the Plaza can cater to any group’s needs. Special wine tasting, or wine pairing menus can be developed for more intimate dinners (parties of 10 people or fewer) inside the wine room of Oscar’s steakhouse.
For more information or to book a holiday event at the Plaza or Oscar’s steakhouse, please call 702-386-2320 or email [email protected].
Well, gang, that’s about it for this week.