Vegas preps for flocks of tourists for Memorial Day, Golden Knights

Vegas preps for flocks of tourists for Memorial Day, Golden Knights

LAS VEGAS, NV. — There are bunch of social events happening across the valley this coming Memorial Day weekend.

“There’s a little something for everyone this weekend,” said Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) chief communications officer Jacqueline Peterson.

That is why the LVCVA is anticipating more than 320,000 tourists in the Las Vegas Valley this three-day long weekend. The visitors are then expected to splurge more than $244 million on their vacations.

There are a lot of internationally renowned artists and comedians coming to valley, including Pink. Her concert will be held at the T-Mobile Arena just two days ahead of the Stanley Cup Final.

The Las Vegas 51s baseball team are playing a few contests. And the Las Vegas Aces basketball team have their first home game. The main event for many will be Game 1 between the Vegas Golden Knights and the Washington Capitals.

“I’m going to head down and watch on the screen outside the arena then I will be at Game 2,” one local citizen said.

Some Las Vegas local resident said that they are ready to endure the heavy traffic and the crowds just to cheer on the Golden Knights.

“It’s worth the wait,” he said. “It’s not like you’re waiting in gridlock in LA traffic. You’re going to watch the Stanley Cup Final, which 10 years ago in Las Vegas would’ve been unheard of.”

Meanwhile other local and tourists are settled not to watch the game in the flesh and opting to watch the game somewhere else.

“We’re going to be watching the game from somewhere with a big TV. I hear Vegas has a lot of big TVs!” one tourist said.

Those who aren’t amongst the lucky few to snag a ticket online, there are lots of pubs and restaurants organizing Stanley Cup parties with live streaming being offered.

“We’re going to do great giveaways, signed memorabilia, signed pucks,” Born and Raised bar owner Scottie Godino said.

Many Golden Knights fans were thrilled to spend their Memorial Day weekend, honoring a new kind of hero.

“A lot of us will have Monday off not just to honor our veterans, but to prepare for the Stanley Cup Final,” Robinson said.

“This is our first Stanley Cup,” Godino said. “We don’t know anything about this kind of territory. We’re just going with the flow, doing the best we can to create memorable experiences during this time of history.”

On Monday, Henderson Pavilion will host a large Stanley Cup live streaming party.

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