by Daniel Olsen
Summer is otherwise known as the offseason for die-hard football fans. For those who love to travel to sporting events, it’s fun to plan where to go in the fall. It’s time for BYU fans to plan their fall vacations. This will be a six part series throughout the summer. To start, there is the highly anticipated season opener on a neutral NFL field.
BYU vs Arizona: Desert Duel in Sin City
There is a reason BYU had their allotted tickets for this game at Allegiant Stadium sold out in minutes. Las Vegas is a vacation destination with attractions for all different interests. Fans can still purchase tickets although not necessarily in the BYU section unless it is in the resale market. It’s also a two hour drive from St. George so it’s possible to stay on the outskirts if the game is the only reason for going.
This game being on a holiday weekend gives fans an extra travel day. They can arrive in time for the game on Saturday and likely pack the churches in Las Vegas before heading home on Labor Day. They can get home in time for some barbecue fun before going back to work. It’s also a close destination for a large percentage of BYU fans. It’s a perfect neutral site between Provo and Tucson.
As for attractions, one doesn’t have to sin to have fun in Sin City. There are worlds of sweets like Hershey and M&M world where any candy or memorabilia imaginable can be found. There is also Coca Cola world where customers can purchase the world tour of soda flavors. If that sounds too daring, fans can purchase ice cream floats for several Coca Cola drinks.
The painted rocks are a random but fun family thing to look at. They are just a bunch of painted rocks in the desert. The site is called the Seven Magic Mountains.
For those who love thrill rides, the New York, New York roller coaster is a fun but jerky ride. The Stratosphere has fun attractions as well. There is also a roller coaster on the outskirts of Las Vegas near the California and Nevada border called the Desperado. It was the tallest roller coaster in the world when it opened in 1994. It is currently closed so it’s not certain when they will re-open.
This list could go on forever. Go to the Outlets, see a view of the city in the High Roller enclosed Ferris wheel, or even bet some money on the BYU Cougars. This is arguably the best deal as one doesn’t watch their team play in an NFL stadium every year. This will be a nice warm up for local college football fans before their Las Vegas Raiders take the field.
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