2020 NFL Draft Plans Will Be Released Tuesday: Main Stage & Strip Closures

The Bellagio Fountains Rising During the DayWe’re now only 100 days out from what is planned to be the biggest single event the city of Las Vegas has ever hosted: the 2020 NFL Draft. Official planning is set to get underway for this mega event in Las Vegas, with the Clark County Commission scheduled to reveal those plans in greater detail during their regular Tuesday meeting, according to the agenda.

League officials announced in December 2018 this year’s draft would be held in Las Vegas, coinciding with the Raiders’ first season at Allegiant Stadium. Since then, exact event details, including what venue would serve as host, have not been revealed. The hot topics of discussion have been where the main stage will be, and possible road closures.

Main Stage Contenders

Since the draft announcement, there has been much speculation as to where the draft’s main stage will be. Transportation Reporter for the Las Vegas Review Journal, Mick Akers, shares his insight from Roger Goodell, Commissioner of the NFL, talks and trusted sources with Cassie Soto, Sports Anchor and Host for Las Vegas Review Journal:

                “The Bellagio Fountain is a possible main stage contender for the draft. Bellagio would be the dream stage that I think a lot of people would be happy to see come to fruition.”

For a while, the Bellagio Fountains as a backdrop seemed more like a rumor that people had doubts as to whether they could pull it off.

Akers mentioned that the Caesars Forum (behind Harrah’s) could also potentially serve as one of the main stages, which wouldn’t be much of a surprise considering that Caesars is the NFL’s first casino partner.

3-Day Strip Closure

If the main stage does end up being the Bellagio, fans should not plan on driving there or really anywhere on Las Vegs Blvd. for the few days surrounds the event.

For the event to be held successfully at the Bellagio, Akers says a 3-day Strip closure will need to be put in place. It would be the longest sustained closure on the Las Vegas Strip, besides the annual New Year’s Eve closures that last several hours for that one day.

With an event of this magnitude, it would be a 20-day time frame to set up and break down properly, which will result in lane reductions. Locals and tourists alike should keep in mind that the NFL Draft will have a multi-week impact on the city.

Transportation plans will be put in place for workers on the Strip, as they’re the lifeblood of operations in the heart of Sin City. Plans will be put in place to keep things rolling, regardless of there being no vehicle traffic on the Strip. It will also be interesting to see how the RTC, Las Vegas’ most profitable public transit company, will handle the event.

The closure would be planned from Harmon to Spring Mountain, a substantial, populated chunk of Las Vegas Blvd. chock-full of major resorts and restaurants.

Other Sites to Get Draft Action

As far as other sites that will likely get in on the draft action, there are several. Goodell mentioned talks of the High Roller, the Strat, and the famed “Welcome to Las Vegas” sign. Some Las Vegas icons on the Strip, perhaps even Celine Dion, could be recruited for draft action.

With an estimated 400,000 people coming to Las Vegas strictly for the NFL Draft, the city will make sure to have a plan of strategy in place to handle the volume. Being that Las Vegas in no stranger to major events and hundreds of thousands of tourists being in the city on any given day, we’re confident that Las Vegas serving as the 2020 NFL Draft host will be a wild success.

Bellagio Fountains Set on Fire by Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is one of the most popular TV shows ever, and the last season—which will air starting April 14—will mark the end of an era which was dominated by dragons, white walkers, kings, queens, priests, and warriors. Adapted from the popular book series by George RR Martin called A Song of Ice and Fire, the show managed to win the hearts of millions of people around the world, inviting them to the magnificent world of Westeros, Essos, and other mythical places. If you are one of the people who has never seen a single episode of GoT, make sure to give it a try – it’s definitely something you will be hooked on after watching the first episode as the show mixes elements of family drama with epic fantasy. In other words, it offers something for everyone!

The show basically depicts ice and fire as the two dominating elements, and one of the ways to promote it was to set fire to a fountain. The iconic Bellagio Fountains in Las Vegas seemed to be the most appropriate place for this interesting marketing experiment. The entire fountain show includes a four-minute-long water choreography combined with music and video projections from Game of Thrones.

The entire display starts with quiet music from the piece “Winter is Here,” which was composed by Ramin Djavadi, the mastermind behind the soundtracks of Game of Thrones and Westworld. What follows is a projection on the water that looks like silent snow falling. Everything suddenly becomes very loud, and the memorable opening theme of Game of Thrones kicks in. The first visible thing is the logo of the show, which is followed by silhouettes of dragons and the Night King.

The whole thing is followed by fountains taking various shapes, some of them being the crown, the Iron Throne, and even the Wall which guards the realms of men from the long night. The display culminates with pyrotechnics which is in sync with water, thus combining fire and ice, in a way. One of the projections that was visible during the display included the final scene of the last season which featured (spoiler alert) the Night King riding an undead dragon that breathes blue fire.

The company which made this work of art possible is called WET Design, and they collaborated with Ramin Djawadi in order to create the display. Djawadi was more than happy to have taken part in one such project, saying that the Bellagio Fountain is iconic. He told the press that the whole thing was ‘quite a spectacle’ and that he had enjoyed putting the two together.

The choreographed fountain display has only just started and will run every night until April 13 which is the last day before the Episode 1 lands on HBO. If you happen to be in Las Vegas during that period, make sure to visit the iconic fountain to witness this amazing Game of Thrones display.

The Bellagio Fountains

The Bellagio Fountains are part of the Bellagio resort which is located on the Las Vegas Strip in Paradise, Nevada and owned by MGM Resorts International. These dancing water fountains have become the most recognizable part of the resort with thousands of tourists visiting them every night. Every now and then, there is a display made with water that can take your breath away. It is a unique type of fountain that doesn’t exist anywhere else in the world. It is definitely worth visiting them if you plan a trip to Las Vegas.

Apart from the gaming facility, restaurants, and other facilities related to hospitality, you can also visit the conservatory and botanical gardens, as well as the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Arts.