- Chris Green
Allegiant Stadium – Las Vegas Bowl
Photos by Chris Green, Stadium Journey
Stadium Info FANFARE Score: 4.43
Allegiant Stadium 3333 Al Davis Way Paradise, NV 89118
Year Opened: 2020
A True Vegas Bowl Experience
A bowl game in Las Vegas has been a staple of the college football schedule since 1992. However, with the construction of Allegiant Stadium, gone are the days of playing in the cold desert air miles from the strip at Sam Boyd Stadium. Instead, the brand-new modern home of the Las Vegas Raiders is now also the home for the Las Vegas Bowl. Showcasing a matchup between the SEC and PAC-12, this game always features top-tier teams facing off for post-season glory. But perhaps the best part of the game is the fact that the stadium is as great as the game itself.
Food & Beverage 4
The food options at Allegiant Stadium are stellar. While not every concession stand is open during the Las Vegas Bowl, most are, meaning you won’t have to go far to find something to eat. Beverages range from premium cocktails and alcohol ($15-$30) to fountain sodas and bottled water ($4-$9). Even the basic food options here are above average, with $13 pizzas coming as Sicilian with cheese, veggie, and double pepperoni as the choices.
For wings you can get six barbecue or buffalo with a choice of dressing on the side for $13 as well, with some concessions stands even offering salads for $10. Even standard French fries ($7) come with a premium version (rosemary garlic fries - $8). Whether you want BBQ, Mexican, or standard stadium fare, you can find it all within reach.
This facility is stunning – from the moment you walk into Allegiant Stadium you’re met with one of the cleanest and most spotless facilities on the American sports schedule. Even the concourses smell like fresh flowers. The natural light that flows from the windows throughout, and the semi-translucent roof make for a bright and comfortable viewing experience. Seating is perfectly staggered so that even a tall person in front of you won’t block your view of the playing surface.
The halls are lined with Las Vegas history, both for sports and entertainment. There are also art pieces throughout, as well as unique lighting and design features. The end zones feature a large HD LED scoreboard on one side and a large window overlooking the Las Vegas strip on the other. And with this being a domed stadium, the temperature never gets too high or too low, regardless of the weather outside; you’ll stay dry and comfortable no matter what.
There isn’t much that can’t be said about the location here. Located literally on the other side of I-15 from the Mandalay Bay resort and casino, you are mere steps away from one of the world’s premier resort and entertainment destinations – hotels, shopping, dining, and entertainment are all offered here. The biggest resorts are all within reach, be it MGM Grand, Venetian, Cosmopolitan, Caesar’s Palace, Bellagio, Wynn, New York New York, and many others; each one features enough to see and do for a vacation all on its own.
The fans at the Las Vegas Bowl show up in numbers. With both teams hailing from Power 5 conferences, you’re guaranteed to have a matchup between teams with solid fanbases – this means the majority of the stadium will be full. Because of this, you get the true college bowl experience showcasing fans on opposite sides of the stadium, and offering everything there is to see and enjoy about the bowl season.
The best part is, with a domed stadium, even a less-than-capacity crowd means the noise level will still be high thanks to the acoustics of Allegiant Stadium.
To get to Allegiant Stadium, just look for the large black dome on the far side of I-15. Exit signs on the highway and local roadways offer easy access to the facility. Parking lots surround the stadium, with local businesses also offering to park nearby.
Once inside, signs point you to locations all around the stadium, making finding your seat a breeze. Also, even stadium egress after the game is painless thanks to a well-thought-out traffic pattern in and around the parking lots for those leaving the venue.
Return on Investment 4
Tickets to the Las Vegas Bowl start at $50 for the upper deck end zones, then rise to $110 for the mid-level sidelines, and $200 for the lower bowl sidelines; suite options are also available. These prices are comparable to most other bowl games, as well as those in NFL stadiums, and when including the value you get for the matchup featured, as well as the location of the game, it is easy to see why this game is a big draw for fans all over the country.
The stadium features hallways that showcase the city’s history in both sports and entertainment. Bowl game merchandise is also available for fans throughout the stadium’s team store locations.
The typical Las Vegas flair is also on display, with the iconic Vegas showgirls on the field for the coin toss during the pre-game. In addition, both team bands perform during the game’s halftime as well as during pre-game, giving you the full college football experience.
The Las Vegas Bowl is one of the top bowl games on the slate thanks to a new home and a new energy injected into the annual event. Fans flock to this popular destination and with good reason. It is easy to make a weekend trip out of this game thanks to its location being steps away from the Las Vegas Strip, and its winter date offers a chance to experience Vegas without the searing heat of the desert. Indeed, this may be one of the best bowl games to visit on the slate every season, regardless of whether you’re a diehard fan of the team’s participating, or you just enjoy college football as a whole.