More than 300,000 expected in Las Vegas for Labor Day


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More than 300,000 expected in Las Vegas for Labor Day

By Victoria Spilabotte. CREATED Aug 29, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Friday is the beginning of Labor Day Weekend, the last hurrah of summer, and Las Vegas is definitely the place to be.

There will be pool parties, fireworks, special guests at hotel-casino nightclubs and more.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is expecting more than 300,000 people to descend on Las Vegas this year for the festivities. For many people, it is a three-day weekend and they take full advantage of it.

Many big-name acts will be performing at the pools, nightclubs and showrooms this weekend. Some of those include singer and songwriter Ed Sheeran and country superstar Keith Urban. Both of them are playing at The Cosmopolitan.

The LVCVA said the number of visitors to Las Vegas this weekend might hit 313,000, which is good news for the economy. It will mean about $208 million non-gaming dollars in revenue.

Another big event this weekend is UFC 151: Jones vs. Henderson on Monday in the Mandalay Bay Events Center. And, college football is back. That is great news for the sports books. The first game of the season airs at 5 p.m. ET on ABC Channel 13. Florida State and Oklahoma State will take the field.

In addition, visitors will have the opportunity to check out the SLS Las Vegas, which just opened last weekend. And on Tuesday, Delano Las Vegas will officially open. Delano Las Vegas used to be THEHotel at Mandalay Bay. It has now been renamed and remodeled.

If you are headed out of town and you are driving, here is a little good news. Labor Day gas prices are lower than they have been since 2010.

Regular is averaging $3.41 per gallon around the country. That is down almost 20 percent from two years ago. It is about 30 cents higher around Southern Nevada though. We are averaging $3.69 per gallon.

If you are driving here in town this weekend, keep your eyes open for sobriety checkpoints. They will take place Aug. 29 and Aug. 30 around the valley. Better yet, don't drink and drive.

One more thing. If you are planning on riding the bus on Sept. 1, the Regional Transportation Commission ways that the buses will operate on a Sunday schedule for the holiday.

For more information on Labor Day Weekend events in Las Vegas, click here.