Thursday, March 29, 2007

Los Angeles + Las Vegas = Tourism Clout

According to

Organizers of Los Angeles 2016 joined Tuesday with Las Vegas civic leaders to detail the role of the city and Sam Boyd Stadium in its bid to become the U.S. candidate for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games.

Las Vegas and Sam Boyd Stadium would serve as one of the five venues for soccer, with attendance projections calling for 250,000 to 480,000 fans to view the Las Vegas based games. The program would include eight to 12 preliminary round soccer competitions.

Los Angeles 2016 head Barry Sanders said, “Las Vegas is an exciting and glamorous city, and Sam Boyd Stadium has hosted significant soccer matches in the past. The city, Convention and Visitors Authority, and Las Vegas events have been supportive throughout this process and we are very confident Las Vegas will be both a desirable destination and tremendous host for Olympic fans”.

It is anticipated Las Vegas would host both men’s and women’s preliminary matches. Other soccer venues included in the bid are in San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles.

Sam Boyd Stadium can now accommodate 32,000 fans but has the ability to expand to 40,000.

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