News Brief: Motorsports promoter Icon Smith Dies; Elegant Stadium to rent; “Gamer Meet” at HyperX Arena; and more

By Alan Snell of

NASCAR has lost one of the most prominent businessmen with a strong connection to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

A citizen of North Carolina Olin Broughton Smithowner/CEO of Speedway Motorsports, owner of the NASCAR track, which owns Las Vegas Motor Speedway, is dead.

“This is a sad day both professionally and personally,” said Chris Powell, president of Las Vegas Motor Speedway. “The motorsport world has lost one of its greatest promoters and visionaries, a mentor and a friend.

“What Bruton has done to advance all forms of American motorsport in the modern age is unparalleled. His vision of transforming racetracks into mass-use highways and creating an encouraging experience – unparalleled in all motorsports – has put him on the Mount Rushmore of the sport’s promoters. And while he will be missed by many.” His legacy will live on for generations of racing fans.”

On Wednesday, Proton Smith, a motorsport pioneer, passed away. Photo: Alan Snell

I have hundreds of fond memories of the times he spent with me as he taught me the best way to run this facility which has provided so much entertainment to so many millions of people. Proton has always been determined to keep fan interests high on our priority list. This is how he coined one of our company’s slogans, “We work for racing enthusiasts.” On behalf of all of us at LVMS, we extend our thanks to his sons Marcus, David and Scott, his daughter Anna Lisa, and all of his family and friends. – Chris Powell, president of Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

Latest collectible NHL partnership deal: The National Hockey League Players Association (NHLPA), NHL, NHL Alumni (NHLAA) and NFT Token Distribution Platform (NFT) Sweet today announced a new multi-year partnership to name Sweet the Official NFT Digital Collectibles Marketplace and Official NFT Partner of the NHL, NHLPA and NHLAA .

Powered by Sweet, the NHL Marketplace will focus on providing the entire community of NHL fans and collectors with a unique and valuable sharing experience through the opportunity to buy, sell, collect and trade never before seen pieces of NHL history.

With a launch planned at the start of the 2022-23 NHL season, an independent NHL platform specifically designed for this program by Sweet will showcase current and historical moments as well as distinctive elements of the game in the form of non-fungible tokens.

Allegiant Stadium rents: Raiders’ NFL Stadium is recruiting people to fill part-time positions in games and events staff by hosting a two-day in-person recruitment event on June 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and June 28 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Similar to the previous hiring event last May that filled some of the 1,800 available positions, interviews are taking place live at the stadium inside the Allegiant Stadium.

Allegiant Stadium photo: Tom Donoghue for

Opportunities include roles in Hospitality, Food Service, Security, Retail, Ticketing, Customer Service, Concierge and many other departments, during all events taking place at state-of-the-art facilities located adjacent to the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, with valid ID upon arrival, and interviews will take place on site immediately upon completion of the application process.

Current hiring partners include The Las Vegas Raiders, Allegiant Stadium, Silver and Black Hospitality, ABM, Parking And Transportation Group Las Vegas (PATG), ASM Global, and SAFE Management. Various open positions include event security team fellows, guest experience colleagues, event cleaners, sales associates, cashiers, educators, chefs, servers, and ticket sellers.

Elegant Stadium

Applicants must be available to work in all Raiders and UNLV home games as well as many other events that have in the past included transfers by international music artists such as Garth Brooks, The Rolling Stones, Guns N’ Roses, Illenium and premier sporting events such as the CONCACAF Gold Cup Final , the Pac-12 Championship game, Las Vegas Bowl, WWE SummerSlam and NFL Pro Bowl in 2022. Allegiant Stadium, the award-winning global event destination, will host Super Bowl LVIII in 2024.

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Gamer meeting: HyperX Arena Las Vegas Inside Luxor it will host a “Gamer Meet Up” event to celebrate Pride Month on Sunday. LGBTQ+ community members and their allies will get free admission and game play from 6pm until closing.

The arena is a home base for local/national players and families who play competitively and for fun. The 30,000-square-foot plaza features a multi-level design with a two-story 50-foot LED video wall; 50 FT HYPE TUNNEL COLORED CUSTOM ; Telescopic seats for spectators. World-class production facilities and content studio for publishers and associations; And a modern streamer room.

Game lovers can have fun with free play including:

  • Mario Kart 8 Deluxe: Players, start your engines in this exciting Mario Kart 8 Deluxe tournament. Players can race against each other to compete for the grand prize pool.
  • Mario’s party: Choose your favorite Mario character and compete against your opponents in a series of mini-games.
  • Smash Bros. Ultimate: Choose your character wisely and make your way to the top of the Smash Bros. Championship. Ultimate for a chance to win big.
  • Twitch sports: Sports fans can broadcast their epic victories and chat about their favorite teams on Twitch.

Vegas Golden Knights continues its business partnership with AXS: Ticketing company AXS and Vegas Golden Knights have expanded their partnership across all properties owned by Foley Entertainment Group (FEG).

The deal includes The Dollar Loan Center Arena in Henderson, which houses VGK’s Henderson Silver Knights and Indoor Football League (IFL) expansion team, the Vegas Knight Hawks.

Dollar loan center off Green Valley Parkway.

With this extension, AXS Mobile ID, the industry’s leading identity-based ticket, will be rolled out to all Foley Entertainment Group’s sports properties.

Chuck Brennan, President and CEO of the Dollar Loan Center for Loan Business.

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