Our “Vegas Expert” Matt Bailey shares why you should avoid Rideshare apps, and where to stay in Vegas if you want to walk to the concert
It’s happening. It’s actually happening. After over a year of postponements, the Garth Brooks Stadium Tour will arrive in Las Vegas on Saturday, July 10th. The show is the first live music concert at Allegiant Stadium. (The honor of the first official concert goes to some sucky EDM DJ a few days before Garth.) All tickets purchased for the original concert date will be honored.
Allegiant Stadium is the new home to the Raiders. The NFL team relocated to Las Vegas, NV from Oakland, CA and played their first season to an empty stadium in 2020. Now, Allegiant is ready to be packed to the rafters.
But it begs the question: How can one get to the brand new venue, which is located just off of the famed Las Vegas Strip?
According to a report by the Las Vegas Review-Journal, there are 35,000 parking spots within one mile of the stadium, including limited parking at the venue. Depending on which lot, it will cost between $20 and $100 to park and there will be shuttle services to the stadium.
Ease of getting to the stadium itself is also heavily dependent on where you stay in Las Vegas. MGM Grand; Excalibur; New York, New York; Mandalay Bay; and Luxor are the closest resorts to Allegiant Stadium. MGM Resorts’ Luxor will offer a Stadium Walk from the southeast corner of their parking lot that will connect directly to the venue.
On a recent trip to Vegas, Editor-in-Chief Buddy Iahn and I tried to access the Stadium Walk, but were unable to find it. We received mixed messages from resort staff as to whether the Stadium Walk will be ready by July. We have reached out to Allegiant Stadium and MGM for further clarification on access to the Stadium Walk, but have not heard back from either as of press time. However, if the LVRJ’s article is any indication, TMU suspects the Stadium Walk will be in use for the concert.
If you are not staying at any of the five above-mentioned resorts, you may want to park at the lot closest to your hotel that is offering shuttle service to Allegiant Stadium. Of course, you can also simply take a cab and keep your car parked at your resort.
The sold out show starts at 7 pm PT. For those who plan to drive or take a cab, leave as early as you can. Hacienda Boulevard, one of the main roads in the area, will be closed to vehicular traffic in order to accommodate the Stadium Walk. Avoid taking a Rideshare service. Since the city has rebounded so quickly, there is a shortage of Rideshare drivers available. This means it is quite possible that you will not get a car from Uber or Lyft. That has personally happened to me several times on my two visits to Vegas so far this year. It is quicker and easier to take a Taxi directly from your hotel’s Taxi stand. And the earlier you leave, the less traffic you will encounter, meaning a cheaper cab ride.
If you are staying on-strip and want to avoid road traffic altogether, you can take the Las Vegas Monorail to the MGM Grand stop, exit the hotel via the bridge toward Excalibur, take the Tram from Excalibur to Luxor, cut through the Luxor’s casino toward their parking lot, then walk the Stadium Walk. Leave yourself at least 90 minutes for this adventure. (Note: the free Tram runs only from 2-10 pm on Saturdays.)
No matter where you are staying, it’s easy to access this new state of the art concert venue. We are excited to see that big events are returning in full force, and cannot wait to experience a packed concert once again. And there is nowhere better I can think to celebrate this milestone of normalcy than the party city itself. Viva Las Vegas!
Oh, one more piece of advice: Drink lots of water in Vegas. I personally double-fist ice water like some of you do those Fat Tuesdays Margaritas. It’s a desert, after all. You’ll thank me later.