By Alan Snel from LVSportsBiz.com
The coronavirus pandemic has been brutal for Las Vegas’ much-vaunted entertainment industry. Many technicians and artists lost their jobs when theaters turned dark in 2020.
It also reduced Las Vegas’ largest venue – the black-plating NFL Raiders Stadium off I-15 – to a massive grave, where the new Las Vegas football franchise played eight home games without fans at. inside the building. And only 2,000 fans were allowed to watch an UNLV-UNR football match inside the 65,000-seat domed stadium on October 31.
But everything changes in the sparkling venue on Saturday when the first concert is staged in the $ 2 billion stadium project, which included $ 750 million in public dollars to build the massive structure on the west side of the highway across from Mandalay. Bay. In two days, Raiders’ Allegiant Stadium is expected to attract 35,000 people for a concert of electronic dance music in three sets performed by Illenium.
LVSportsBiz.com spoke with Justin Weniger, CEO of Life Is Beautiful, who is collaborating with AEG Presents, Another Planet Entertainment and ASM Global to produce Illenium’s Trilogy, a concert in three sets commemorating his three previous albums – Ashes, wake up and go up
“There was a great need to come together as a community and send a signal to the world that Las Vegas is open for business,” said Weniger. “We are meeting again.”
Workers on Thursday hung speakers in the dome-shaped stadium, which hosted COVID-19 vaccination clinics last month.
Construction of the stadium was completed slightly ahead of the July 2020 schedule.
There has been no ribbon cut due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no reason to celebrate as no fans have been allowed to participate in the Raiders’ home games in 2020.
La vie est belle wanted to be a part of Saturday’s concert at Raiders Stadium as the producer of the music festival is committed to empowering artists, revitalizing communities and bringing people together, said Weniger, a former player for UNLV football.
Illenium will be on stage in the south end area looking north towards the massive stadium gates which reveal a view of the Strip.
It was such an obvious and special choice. He was very excited to perform in this room. It’s such a beautiful stadium. The feeling in the room will be just euphoric and a real treat. – Justin Weniger
There is a sense of joy in concert tasks such as loading a stage and sound checks, Weniger said.
“Even the sound tests are happy experiences. You see the energy of the people who load the stage. People do it with a smile. It sure does a lot of people good, ”said Weniger.
He expects the floor and the 100 and 300 levels to be sold.
Here’s a look at Ticketmaster for event tickets starting early Thursday afternoon.
The Southern Nevada Health District reported an increase in COVID-19 cases and test positivity rates, with a positive test rate of 5.5% in Clark County this week. There is also the emergence of a Delta variant.
UPDATE: Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak said the state will seek help from the federal government in response to the rising trend in COVID-19 cases, the emergence and increase of the Delta variant and stagnant vaccination rates in Clark County. The White House on Thursday announced plans to create “emergency teams” and the state is working with federal agencies to seek more support to help Get Out The Vaccine (GOTV) efforts in southern Nevada.
If you’re vaccinated, you don’t have to wear a mask at what is considered the largest single-headliner electronic dance music concert. If you are not vaccinated, you should wear a face cover as you would in stores and other places.
“My plans were to take her on tour last year, but the pandemic wouldn’t allow it,” Illenium said. “So we’re going to do it in a huge show, three sets, and it’s going to be the biggest show I’ve ever done. I’m more than happy to be able to do this in Las Vegas. It will be crazy. “
A week after Illenium, Garth Brooks arrives in town for a July 10 concert at the stadium and that crowd is expected to be 65,000.