Fremont Street Experience hoping to exceed New Year's Eve numbers
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Las Vegas locals and tourists ready to party are finalizing their plans for New Year's Eve.
Lots of locals who don't want to mingle with more than 300 thousand people. The place to ring in the new year is along Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas. That's where they're planning the big 'Tribute Palooza' featuring cover bands playing classic rock and roll hits.
Already the streets are filling up with people coming to town to ring in the new year, and many of them have their agendas ready. For them there is only one place to be.
"I like Fremont. I like Fremont a lot better than up on the Strip area," says Tony Wyse of Canada.
The Fremont Street Experience is hosting Tribute Palooza. The event, now in it's 4th year, offers cover bands belting out some of the hottest hits from classic rock legends all night long.
And the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is expecting this New Year's Eve to be a big one.
"We're coming out of the recession, we're recovering. It's slow.It's steady, but we're seeing all of our numbers increase and we're expecting that for New Year's as well," says Jeremy Handel with the LVCVA.
The Fremont Street Experience had more than 23 thousand people here last year for New Year's Eve, and this year with warmer temperatures, they're hoping to beat that number.
Also helping the downtown party is the year round push to improve the area.
"There's a lot of synergy and growth going on downtown. With the Plaza remodeled and reopening, Fitzgerald's has a new owner and is going to be remodeled and re-branded," says Tom Bruny, Director of Marketing for the Fremont Street Experience.
"I've seen Fremont Street get a lot more packed lately with more businesses and everything down here. So they've changed it a lot down here which is really good. It's safer down here," says Robbie Cayer, a Las Vegas Resident.
Safer to party rock under the lights of the world famous Fremont Street Canopy.
Those who make it out Saturday night will get a preview of the newest Bon Jovi tribute soon to hit the canopy.
Mayor Carolyn Goodman will lead the countdown to midnight. There will be fireworks, bands, and all of this for only $30.
It's the only night Fremont Street charges for the party and it is 21-years-old and up only.