Super Bowl LVIII is set to take place in Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas in just a month’s time. The news has been met with a range of reactions from various individuals, including seasoned Vegas oddsmen and the NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell.
Dave Sharapan, a Pittsburgh native and Vegas oddsmen, sees this event as the culmination of a ten-year progression and believes it was inevitable. However, not everyone shares his enthusiasm. Chris Andrews, the director of the South Point Sportsbook, has expressed concerns and believes that money plays a significant role in the decision to host the Super Bowl in Las Vegas.
The journey to bring the Super Bowl to Las Vegas began in 2014 when former Navy and Raiders tailback Napoleon McCallum and UNLV president Bo Bernard engaged in discussions with Mark Davis, the Raiders’ owner. In 2015, a clandestine gathering of Las Vegas officials and legislators agreed to contribute $750 million to the construction of Allegiant Stadium. The NFL owners voted in favor of allowing the Raiders to relocate to Las Vegas, and in 2020, the $2 billion stadium was unveiled.
In addition to hosting the Super Bowl, Las Vegas has seen an increase in prominent events such as consumer electronics exhibitions, collegiate football competitions, NCAA tournaments, and prime league baseball games. The NBA is also set to make an appearance in the city. Despite varying opinions, it is undeniable that the Super Bowl will have a significant financial impact on the city.
The article also mentions the late journalist Hunter S. Thompson, who covered the Mint 400 off-road race in 1971 and the Super Bowl XXII event. Thompson, known for his book “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” took his own life at the age of 67. The article reflects on how he would have been an ideal candidate to cover the NFL’s arrival in Las Vegas.