Las Vegas, Nevada 2021-10-11 22:45:00 –
Monday, October 11, 2021 | 7:45 pm
College football certainly makes Las Vegas a friendly landing point for notable events.
Latest example: The National Football Foundation will host the College Football Hall of Fame Awards dinner in Las Vegas in December.
The University of Notre Dame announced last month that it will play BYU here in 2022. Of course, UNLV football and the Las Vegas Bowl have long been a staple of southern Nevada University. Foundation suppers could be the gateway to more places, according to people familiar with the matter.
“Las Vegas is designed to host this type of event,” said Steve Hill, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. “This actually brings the spotlight of college football and college athletics to Las Vegas that week. The Las Vegas sports landscape is growing rapidly. We are truly a world sport now. It’s the center. “
Steve Hatchell, president and CEO of the Foundation, said the dinner on December 7 was moving from his hometown of New York to Aria for over 60 years due to availability issues at the venue. Said. Moving to Las Vegas this year was easy.
“It’s important to be in Las Vegas,” Hatchell said at a press conference at UNLV on Monday. “When Steve said,’We really want you to be here,’ we jumped over it.”
The Foundation honors the last two Hall of Fame classes as the 2020 event was canceled due to a pandemic. Former Eastern Illinois and Dallas Cowboys Quarterback Tony Romo, Former Clemson Running Back CJ Spiller, Former Oklahoma National Championship Coach Bob Stoops, Former Heisman Trophy Winner Carson Palmer (Southern California), Eric Crouch (Nebraska).
More important to his team of authorities working on marketing for Hill and the region is who is the university official in the town. According to Hatchell, more than 150 athletic directors, conference commissioners and network television officials will be present.
Many expect Las Vegas to eventually host the National College Football Championship at Allegiant Stadium.
“There’s no better way to find out what’s in Las Vegas than coming to this dinner,” Hatchell said. “Frankly, the door is already open.”