Las Vegas has seen a lot of marriages of destiny. First, there was the loosely-regulated gaming industry meeting money-hungry mobsters and then there was the all-mighty dollar joining the corporate juggernauts that opened mega resorts up and down the Strip.
Now comes another coupling that only seems fitting in Vegas’ evolution: lingerie football.
If you don’t know what the Lingerie Football League is, just think model-quality women in skimpy “uniforms” getting hot and sweaty and tackling each other. This is the new American dream – or fantasy at least.
The LFL unveiled its Lingerie Bowl VIII uniforms – if that’s what we can call halter tops and booty shorts – in true Las Vegas fashion with the members of the future Vegas team disrobing in front of a crowd of mostly men at The Sporting House inside New York-New York.
The Lingerie Bowl, which will be played at the Thomas & Mack Center during halftime of the Super Bowl on Feb. 6, comes to Sin City for the first time, adding to an already packed list of Super Bowl events.
“It is one of Vegas’ biggest weekends, if not the biggest weekend, but nothing really stands out,” said Mitchell Mortaza, who founded the league in 2004. “From what we understand, it’s just a lot of clutter.
“The Lingerie Bowl creates the destination because outside of the NFL, we are the biggest brand associated with the Super Bowl. So, that instantly creates an attraction in Las Vegas where, if you don’t want to pay eight times the room value by going to Dallas, you can come to Las Vegas and be part of the Super Bowl-like festivities.”
While hot women hitting each other is normally enough to attract a throng of fans in any city, the LFL is adding to the experience by attempting to become the world’s largest Super Bowl viewing party.
The Super Bowl will be shown on screens at Thomas & Mack, which seats more than 16,000 when configured for arena-style football, along with celebrity appearances and other attractions. And what makes the experience better is that you don’t have to pay to get in. Thanks to the NFL’s strict Super Bowl broadcasting policy, the Lingerie Football League isn’t able to charge admission prices.
Log onto UNLVtickets.com beginning at 3 p.m. Pacific time on Dec. 10 to reserve your tickets.
The Lingerie Bowl will also feature an array of lead-up events in the style of the Super Bowl. More details are expected to be released about the events, which will be held at New York-New York.
The women of the LFL range from your attractive woman-next-door-type to former Playboy models and, now, a former “Baywatch” beauty. Angelica Bridges, who has also posed in Playboy, starred in “Baywatch” in the late ’90s and headlined at the topless-show “Fantasy” at the Luxor.
Surprisingly, Bridges said she has always wanted to be a part of the LFL and nearly joined when it was just a one-game event in 2004. While she has never played tackle football previously, she is quick to point out that the game is more than gorgeous women bumping into each other.
“It’s not about being all Victoria’s Secret looking, you have to play the game,” Bridges said. “You don’t want to go out there and be embarrassed and you can’t catch a ball, you can’t throw a ball, you’re getting the daylights hit out of you. It’s not going to be worth it to the fans because they want really want to see the football; they really want to see the game.”
Really? What’s next - going to strip clubs for the conversation?
Either way, sex sells and Vegas, better than any other city, knows that. Did we mention that Oklahoma City actually banned the LFL from coming there? Now if showing Oklahomans that scantily-clad women are a good thing isn’t enough to entice you to come to the free event, perhaps you’re not suited for Vegas after all.