The Aces' championship parade is scheduled for Tuesday on the Las Vegas Strip.
During the second half of Game 4 of a WNBA basketball final playoff series, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2022, in Uncasville, Conn., Las Vegas Aces' Chelsea Gray (12) goes up for a basket as Connecticut Sun's DeWanna Bonner, left, and Brionna Jones (42) defend.
(AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
On Tuesday, Las Vegas will celebrate the Aces' WNBA victory with a parade along the Las Vegas Strip.
According to Clark County Commissioner Michael Naft, the Aces' parade will begin at Caesars Palace and go southward on Las Vegas Boulevard until arriving at the Bellagio, where a stage will be put up in front of the Fountains of Bellagio.
The Aces won their first WNBA title on Sunday, defeating the Connecticut Sun 78-71 in Game 4 of the Finals. The triumph also represents the first major league title for a Las Vegas franchise.
"That's where the gathering will occur, and fans will be welcomed," Naft explained. "The procession path will be rather short." They'll close off the southbound lanes for the occasion."
The ceremony will take place around dusk and will last roughly an hour, according to Naft. During the ceremonial march, four vans will convey the team to the Bellagio staging location.
During the ceremony, Naft will hand over the key to the Strip to the Aces. Gov. Steve Sisolak is also scheduled to attend the event.
"We've swiftly converted into the world's sports capital, and what better place to celebrate the first (major professional sports) victory than in Clark County," Naft said. "I simply think it's exciting because, as someone who grew up here, I could never have imagined where we are now." I'm just so proud of the team and their leadership, the community engagement they're doing, and what it means for the future of sports in Nevada."
With a campaign to bring major league sports franchises to Las Vegas, first with the Golden Knights, then the Aces and Raiders, there are discussions on to bring in other clubs, including the NBA, MLB, and MLS.
The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is an important player in attracting such teams. The Aces winning a championship within the first four years of their relocation is the frosting on the cake for LVCVA CEO and President Steve Hill.
"They've played really well, and we're quite pleased of them," Hill said. "We're overjoyed that the Aces are here."