Friday, February 21, 2020 / by Ken Couture
Last year, NASCAR’s Pennzoil 400 generated more than $166 million in nongaming economic impact for Las Vegas, according to research from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
The Las Vegas Motor Speedway expects to see similar results from this year’s three-day event, which kicks off Friday.
“NASCAR in Las Vegas has one of the greatest impacts of any event, not just sports, on the Las Vegas economy,” said speedway president Chris Powell.
NASCAR has been hosting events in Las Vegas since the inaugural Las Vegas 400 in 1998. While attendance and television ratings have been declining in recent years, NASCAR races are still significant for the city, according to Jeremy Aguero, a principal analyst with Applied Analysis.
The visitors “stay at our hotels, eat at our restaurants and see shows while they’re still in town,” he said. “There’s been some decline, but it’s still big for economic activity for Southern Nevada. … Special event visitors do spend their money differently.”
And these events do more than just bring in money from direct spending, Powell said. They are also worth millions in media value.
The 2016 Kobalt 400 at the speedway, for example, brought in $5 million in media value to the city from the 7.2 million television viewers. The Pennzoil 400 is also expected to expose Las Vegas to millions of eyes, Powell said.
“It brings worldwide exposure through network television, national and international media and streaming services around the globe.
Bringing in tourists
The company is the title sponsor for the event’s Boyd Gaming 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series Race on Saturday.
To help draw in more visitors, Boyd is offering room and ticket packages to customers, and plans to hold events to draw in the NASCAR crowd, such as an after-race party with a Tim McGraw tribute at the Cannery hotel-casino.