Ultimate Vegas Sports Weekend (UVSW) has everything a sports fan could want and then some. From hockey and bull riding, to UFC and rugby, UVSW packs in the action from start to finish. The fast-paced, fun-filled weekend starts on Feb. 28 and runs through March 3, and offers so much to see and do, it may be hard to take it all in. Use this handy itinerary to ensure that you never miss a minute of the high-intensity entertainment.
Fan Fest – Feb. 28 from 3-6 p.m. – Downtown Las Vegas Events Center
Is there a better way to start Ultimate Vegas Sports Weekend than with a massive tailgate party? Fan Fest will serve as the official UVSW kickoff, uniting fans of all kinds at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. From athlete appearances to a multitude of interactive experiences, Fan Fest is the proper way to set the weekend off right.
While you’re downtown, either before (or after) you stop by the Fan Fest, grab a bite at Eureka! You’ll feel right at home chowing down on elevated American classics paired with craft beer or small-batch spirits. There’s no better way to keep your energy up for the excitement that is still to come than with a solid meal.
Hauler Parade/Parade of Nations – Feb. 28 at 6:15 – The Strip
The wildly popular NASCAR hauler parade will leave the Welcome to Las Vegas sign at 6:00 p.m. and it is estimated they will hit Downtown around 6:16 p.m. Cheer for your favorite car and driver as they make their grand entrance on the way to the speedway. After the Hauler Parade, head back over to the Fremont Street Experience for the USA Sevens rugby Parade of Nations, featuring all 16 teams. The parade begins on Fremont Street Experience’s Third Street Stage at 6:45 p.m.
Vegas Golden Knights – Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. – T-Mobile Arena
Close out an amazing opening night to UVSW by cheering on the VGK as they take on the Florida Panthers at T-Mobile Arena. Or, stick around the Downtown Events Center for a viewing party of the game. If one game isn’t enough, catch them again on March 3 (see below). Buy tickets now – they go fast.
NASCAR Pennzoil 400 Race – March 1-3 – Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Buckle your seatbelts, because this segment of UVSW will be quite the ride. The three-day NASCAR weekend will feature three races: Strat 200, Boyd Gaming 300 and Pennzoil 400, each bringing its own unique talent and energy to the track. Buy tickets for the whole weekend so you don’t miss a second of the action.
USA Sevens Rugby– March 1-3 – Sam Boyd Stadium
Witness the world’s best rugby players as they come together at Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium to compete in a grueling 45 matches to prove their skills. From Perry Baker to Carlin Isles, all your favorites will be there, garnering for the win. Beyond the games, the jam-packed weekend will feature numerous parties and plenty of other opportunities to gather with fans and players alike, ensuring an unforgettable rugby-filled event. Buy tickets before you get there to make sure you get the good seats.
UFC 235 – March 2 – T-Mobile Arena
When it’s UFC weekend in Vegas, the city is alive. It’s no surprise that UVSW boasts a big-ticket UFC fight to ensure that the energy hits maximum levels. Get your tickets now.
Before taking to the arena, fuel up at Bruxie in The Park. Its signature, made-from-scratch waffle sandwiches are like nothing you’ve ever eaten before, and they’re easy to take on the go so you don’t miss the undercard bouts.
Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Tour – March 2 from 7-9 p.m. – South Point Arena
The newest addition to UVSW is a wildly appropriate one. The Tuff Hedeman Bull Riding Tour will be bucking through town, bringing some of the world’s best professional bull riders and nonstop action. Buy tickets now to avoid the stampede.
Finish up a full day with a hearty meal at Bootlegger Italian Bistro. The Vegas institution has been serving traditional Italian specialties since 1949. Stop by the well-known eatery on the way back to the Strip.
Vegas Golden Knights – March 3 – T-Mobile Arena
What better way to commemorate a thrilling weekend than by cheering on Vegas’ home team as they take the ice against Vancouver. Witness the magic as Marc Andre Fleury, William Karlsson and Jonathan Marchessault match up against the Canucks at T-Mobile Arena. Get your tickets now. Another option is to head to the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center at 7 p.m. for a VGK viewing party.
As the festivities come to a close and UVSW winds down, head to Beerhaus in The Park. Rehash the highlights and say cheers to a great UVSW over a cold brew, a great meal and some bar games with your friends. Until next year.
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