Las Vegas Hat Trick Of Big League Sports Sunday – Raiders, NFR, Golden Knights – Show Fan Demographics Buffet



By Alan Snel from LVSportsBiz.com

It was the triple crown of the sport’s demographics – the mix of locals and outsiders watching an NFL game at a $ 2 billion Allegiant stadium at 1 pm; rural cowboy America racing the Thomas & Mack Center to watch the Super Bowl of rodeos at 5:45 pm; and especially locals watching the Las Vegas Major League First Team play a crucial NHL game at T-Mobile Arena at 7 p.m.

The audience differences were stark – the racially diverse crowd of 61,607 for the Raiders’ 17-15 loss to Washington Football Club that came from cities in Washington, DC to the San Francisco Bay Area, the predominantly white crowd of 16,851 from rural western United States; and the mostly local Vegas Golden Knights fans who watched VGK defeat Calgary, 3-2, in front of a reported crowd of 18,077.

The Raiders are the newcomers, playing in front of fans for the first time in Las Vegas this season after COVID-19 prompted owner Mark Davis not to allow any fans to watch games in person at T-Mobile Arena.

In contrast, the National Finals Rodeo has held its annual 10-day championship rodeo event in Las Vegas since 1985. The NFR moved its economic event plumb to Texas last year due to COVID-19 presence restrictions in Las Vegas in 2020.

And the Golden Knights are the pride and joy of Las Vegas, where the Knights have a deep emotional connection to the marketplace and have a staggering 104 percent attendance capacity percentage – a peak in the NHL.

The Raiders have won six games and lost six games and have one because of serious problems off the field, as former player Henry Ruggs III charged with drunk driving which resulted in the death of a woman in the month latest. Raiders’ interim coach Rich Bisaccia mentioned the ups and downs after today’s loss.

“The highs have been pretty good and the lows have been really low. From a humanistic point of view, the troughs were very low, then professionally on the grass, the troughs were low. But then again, if you’re results driven all the time, you’re just watching the dashboard spend your life up there.

“There is a process in what we try to do and there is a process to improve ourselves every day. Once again, we lost the game. We have to come back tomorrow, find out some of the reasons, then get ready for Wednesday’s practice and see if we can correct those mistakes.

The National Final Rodeo has just completed its fourth night of its 10 days in Las Vegas. The NFR has no players or competitors. They are called competitors and the NFR is as much a way of life as it is a sporting event.

And the role of a non-human is a critical part of the competition – and the cash prizes.

Of the three, the NFR and the NHL share something in common: cultural traditions that sometimes work against their abilities to market and promote their sports outside of their target audience.

There’s a reason the Summerlin community is a sponsor of the Vegas Golden Knights – it’s a suburban setting that explains why many NHL fans across the country are commuters from South Florida to Denver. .

By reporting on the trio of big league sporting events, LVSportsBiz.com was able to cover the events at three locations via the bike.

It was an effective tool to move from the stadium to the UNLV arena to the arena on the Strip.


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