“Rugby Week in Las Vegas” Brings Nonstop Energy to Fremont Street Experience for 2014 Parade of Nations
What: “Rugby Week in Las Vegas” kicks into high gear when the 2014 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament celebrates its Opening Ceremonies with the annual Parade of Nations on the Fremont Street Experience.
Who: Rugby sevens players and coaches from Argentina, Australia, Canada, England, Fiji, France, Kenya, New Zealand, Portugal, Samoa, Scotland, Spain, South Africa, Uruguay, United States and Wales
Chet Buchanan, emcee and KLUC 98.5 Morning Zoo host
DJ Talent, resident DJ Manny from 33 Group
Dan Lyle, United World Sports executive vice president
Clark County School District (CCSD) students, Adopt-A-Country essay contest winners
When: Thursday, Jan. 23
6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
**Parade starts promptly at 6:30 p.m.**
Fremont Street Experience
The Parade of Nations will run from Casino Center Blvd. to the Third Street Stage.
Details: USA Sevens cheerleaders will put on a special performance on the Third Street Stage as the 16 competing teams embark on their route down the Fremont Street Experience starting at Casino Center Blvd. An electrifying atmosphere will be created as DJ Manny spins beats and cheerleaders toss USA Sevens merchandise into the crowd. There will be a photo opportunity with each team in front of their national flag at the First Street intersection before joining the Parade of Nations. Each team will be led by a student from the school that represented their country as part of the CCSD and USA Sevens Adopt-A-Country program.
Emcee Chet Buchanan will introduce each team as they arrive at the Third Street Stage and pose on stage for a full team photo. Once all teams have been introduced, United World Sports Executive Vice President Dan Lyle will honor student winners of the CCSD Adopt-A-Country Essay and T-shirt contests. Lyle will then welcome all fans and officially open the competition for the 2014 USA Sevens International Rugby Tournament.
Following the ceremonies, USA Sevens will host the Official Block Party from 7:15 to 9 p.m. for fans eager to continue celebrating the start of the tournament. Following the Parade of Nations, Zowie Bowie will put on a special performance on the Third Street Stage from 9:10 p.m. to midnight. In addition, LVCS and Hennessy’s will host concerts featuring Baba B, Bonafide and Barry Black.
Fremont Street Experience:
Fremont Street Experience is a five-block entertainment zone in downtown Las Vegas that is one of the world’s most-visited attractions. Fremont Street Experience features the world’s largest video screen at 1,500 feet long 90 feet above the pedestrian mall. VivaVision, with 12.5 million digital lights and a 550,000-watt sound system, dazzles visitors nightly with light & sound shows. Encompassing 10 hotel-casinos, 60 restaurants and free entertainment, Fremont Street Experience attracts over 18 million annual visitors. Visit www.vegasexperience.com for more information.
About United World Sports:
The newly formed United World Sports (UWS) LLC hosts a dynamic line up of emerging sports properties and has quickly become the leader at delivering premier international sports properties to U.S. audiences. UWS’ flagship property is the USA Sevens Rugby Tournament held annually in Las Vegas. This exciting 16-nation, three-day tournament has become the largest attended rugby event in North America with more than 70,000 fans coming to Sam Boyd Stadium. Broadcast live on NBC Sports the tournament serves as the only U.S. stop on a nine-city world tour and reaches more than 350 million television households worldwide. Additional UWS properties include the Las Vegas Invitational, America’s Rugby Seven’s Cup, the College Rugby Championship (CRC), the Varsity Cup and the Pro Soccer Challenge.
About USA Sevens Rugby:
The annual USA Sevens international rugby tournament is the premier rugby event in North America as well as the fourth event out of nine in the 2013-2014 HSBC Sevens World Series. USA Sevens is the only North American stop in this year’s series. Fans in attendance will see 16 international rugby sevens teams compete to gain points in the Sevens World Series standings during 45 matches throughout the three-day tournament. Fans can stay updated on all the latest USA Sevens Rugby news, events and details by following on Facebook (USA Sevens Rugby Tournament And Festival) and Twitter (@USASevensRugby).
Played on the same size field as traditional 15-player rugby, rugby sevens is played with just seven players per team. Matches have seven minute halves with two minute intervals for pool and knock-out matches. The fast pace and short duration of matches makes every moment of the action thrilling for spectators.