Since its inaugural convention in 1959, the Las Vegas Convention Center has racked up six decades of hosting visitors, from diploma-waving Las Vegas graduates to nuclear code-bearing American presidents. Between those ends of the spectrum have been millions of trade-show conventioneers and their confabs sending multimillion-dollar streams of revenue flowing into the coffers of Las Vegas. Now, amid its ambitious $1.4 billion expansion project that is expected to catapult Las Vegas years ahead of its convention competition, the future looks to be fertile ground for many more memorable — and historical — moments.
On the expo floor, innovations on multiple nightlife-loving fronts — creative libations, new payment technologies, entertainment upgrades, dazzling new décor products (lighting, signage, etc.), imaginative glassware and drinkware, and much more — flow out of a jam-packed lineup of colorful booths. Unmistakable fact: Nightclub industry leaders had come to the right city — the nightclub capital of the world. You love the nightlife? You’ve got to boogie?
“Does anyone know what a tailgate is?” asks the spokeswoman for our local soccer team, the Las Vegas Lights FC, addressing about 250 potential tailgaters of tomorrow. “That’s what you call a party before a sports game!”
That slapping sound you hear is just Assistant Principal Rob Rosenblatt’s palms connecting with his forehead as a giddy mass of third-to-fifth-graders in the Ernest J. May Elementary School lunchroom gets a lesson in the A-B-C’s of partaaay-heartiness.
So, Sports Tailgating 101 isn’t normally an element of grade-school curriculums? Fear not, parents: Rosenblatt’s playful grin gives away his good humor because this is all for a good — correction, vital — cause:
“We want to encourage you to keep pushing yourself, do even more — read even more,” Las Vegas Lights Community Relations Manager Tia Coward tells the kids at this traveling “Reading Goals” assembly, one of many the professional team stages at elementary and middle schools valley-wide, to encourage literacy among schoolkids.