The city of Las Vegas was given the honor to host one of football’s most anticipated events, the 2020 NFL Draft. It’s the first time the city, who recently welcomed in the now-official Las Vegas Raiders, has ever hosted the event. It’s projected to bring in nearly 400,000 visitors from all over the country. The draft is scheduled to take place on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip from April 23-25.
With an event of this magnitude, volunteers by the numbers are being invited to help. The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) began the process of recruiting volunteers on Monday.
From the various events and games that will be held surrounding the main event, as well as other major events scheduled to be held in Las Vegas throughout the year, thanks to Allegiant Stadium’s estimated July 2020 completion date, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities locals can choose from.
“With an ever-growing roster of championship sorts and special events coming to Las Vegas, it’s a prime time for local residents to get involved and be part of the action,” said Lisa Motley, director of sports marketing and special events for LVCVA, in a press release. “This is a great opportunity to showcase our tremendous community pride and for locals to be an integral part of a variety of extremely exciting contests and special events.”
Event Volunteer Opportunities
NFL Draft Experience
The NFL Draft experience, presented by Oikos, is a free event for fans that will be held every day during the 3-day NFL Draft. Fans will have the opportunity to snag autographs from their favorite players, as well as participate in a 40-yard dash competition. Scheduled times are Thursday, April 23, from noon through 9 p.m., Friday, April 24, from noon through 9 p.m., and Sunday, April 25, from 9 a.m. through 6 p.m.
Las Vegas Bowl
Announced last year, Las Vegas’ new world-class Allegiant Stadium will host the 2020 Las Vegas Bowl, in a six-year deal. The Bowl will feature a Pac-12 Conference team who will either be going against a Big Ten Conference team or a SEC opponent.
John Saccenti, executive director for Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas had the following to say:
“This is a ground-breaking development for our game and for our city.
In less than three decades the Las Vegas Bowl has grown into a must-see event each December and this collaboration takes us to the next level in not only the bowl world, but also the sports landscape as we will welcome three of the top conference brands in the nation to our event, which will be played in a stadium that is second-to-none.”
Pac-12 Football Championship
The Pac-12 league title game will move its championship game to Las Vegas for 2020 and 2021. The title game has been held at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara for the past six years, beginning in 2014. The upcoming season will also be played at the Raiders’ new stadium.
Other major volunteer opportunities throughout the year will include various NASCAR races and the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo, scheduled from December 3-12.
Where to Sign Up
The LVCVA has recently launched a portal where interested volunteers can register by filling out their required contact information, including email address, home address, contact numbers, and event shirt size. Once registered, notifications for open volunteer opportunities will be sent directly to volunteers as soon as they’re available. To sign up, visit the LVCVA portal at lvcva.rosterfy.com/register.