While Vegas may be known as the entertainment capital of the world, it is also working on another title: Fantasy football capital of the world.
Even if you don’t understand how a bunch of grown men can shell out big change to draft a make believe team and put more work into their team than they do into their marriages, you have to respect the fact more than 2,700 people are expected to descend on Vegas this weekend (Aug. 26-28) for Fantasy Football Superdraft.
The event, which is held at the Palms, is in its second year and has attracted big-name entertainers to both host and perform for these football-crazed fans. This year’s festivities include Ashton Kutcher as host, Stacy Keibler as the designated hottie and Snoop Dogg, who is a huge football fan himself, will make a special performance at a tailgate concert.
Essentially, these guys (and a few gals) are dropping $125 per person just for the right to draft their fantasy football team inside the Superdraft Draft Room, but according to the amount of people who have flocked to the Palms last year the price tag is worth it.
The fee, though, does give several other perks. It includes the tailgate concert Friday with Snoop, a VIP party Friday night at Rain Nightclub hosted by Keibler, another VIP party Saturday night and an “Overtime” pool party Sunday at the Palms Pool and Bungalows for draftees staying at the Palms.
For women who aren’t looking to draft a fantasy team there is also a model search happening where 15 lucky ladies will be rewarded with a contract to be featured in the national marketing campaign and media appearances for the 2010-11 season. The men in attendance will get a chance to check out the hopefuls in a bikini contest during the tailgate party.
Superdraft has garnered the attention of major sports media outlets like ESPN. The company’s senior fantasy sports expert, Matthew Berry aka The Talented Mr. Roto, said, “Why not make the best weekend of the year even better. Host your draft at Superdraft.”
There is talk that Superdraft will expand into other sports like baseball, hockey and basketball, but any fantasy sports fan will tell you that fantasy football is the best of all. And considering how many people will be at the Palms this week in search of the next Sidney Rice (one of last year’s top fantasy sleeper picks) the drafts will continue rolling on at the Palms for years to come.