LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Sports experts in Las Vegas are excited about Wednesday’s NFL Pro Bowl announcement.
The National Football League says that Allegiant Stadium will host the 2022 Pro Bowl, and Las Vegas will be home to the NFL Draft in the same year.
This year, the Las Vegas Raiders’ first home game at Allegiant Stadium was played without fans in the stands due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Alan Snel of LVSportsBiz.com says Wednesday’s announcement is a good look for Las Vegas given what happened in 2020.
“A lot of businesses that rely on the NFL games from restaurants to sports bars have really felt the impact,” Snel said. “It’s going to be a huge year for Las Vegas, assuming we have control of the COVID-19 pandemic by then.”
Las Vegas was supposed to be home to the NFL Draft in 2020 but it was canceled for safety reasons during the pandemic.
With the football season currently in full swing, sportsbooks weren't sure how their business would pan out.
Surprisingly, some saw a bigger comeback than they thought, like the South Point’s sportsbook.
“It’s gonna be a tough road but sports so far are keeping a nice high perch of people coming in and betting,” said legendary oddsmaker Jimmy Vaccaro.