After a long year of quarantine and uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic, Americans are slowly returning to concerts and sporting events this summer and early fall. This is an important re-opening, especially for Las Vegas, a city famed for its concerts and sporting events. While Covid-19 is still a risk associated with large crowds, events at large venues come with a unique set of risks and challenges. Most concert venues in Las Vegas have the capacity to entertain thousands of people. One of the most notable venues, the MGM Grand Garden Arena, can hold up to 17,000 people. Another venue, the T-Mobile arena, holds 20,000 people and the latest venue in the area, Allegiant Stadium home of the Raiders, up to 65,000. The more people at an event, the higher the risk for injury. 
Safety Tips for Large Venues
While these larger events are not typically dangerous and are not something you should worry too much about, taking precautions is still recommended. The following are some things to keep in mind:
- Have Fun But be Alert: One may choose to consume alcoholic beverages while at a concert or game. While drinking responsibly is fine, alcohol consumption can reduce someone’s inhibitions and cause them to make stupid decisions or lose control of their actions/surroundings. Another risk is that alcohol consumption can increase the chance of crime. Almost fifteen percent of robberies happen when someone is under the influence, and over one fourth of assaults involve alcohol. While being under the influence is not a criminal act, staying sober can protect you from many dangerous situation. 
- Make a Plan: If you and the party you went with get separated, make sure you find a place where everyone can meet up afterwards. Do not depend on texting or calling each other after a show because there may not be service or you may lose your phone. In addition, set a designated driver or make a plan to take a taxi or Uber. Do not get into a car with someone that has been drinking, and be careful about taking rides from a stranger that does not match the Uber rider’s info or an unmarked taxi cab.
- Keep Your Personal Items Safe: Being in areas with many people increases the chance of your belongings being stolen without you noticing. Additionally, high-density areas can attract criminals. It is best to not take large amounts of cash—only enough as you need. It is better to bring a debit/credit card or e-wallets. If you do have cash or any other valuables, do not flash them and put them a safe place close to your body. In addition, stay alert at all times. Crowds can get unpredictable and lose control. Look out for people that seem like they are out of place, aggressive, or being inappropriate. Lastly, do not travel alone and be with at least one other person. If you do go alone, make someone aware of your location and carry a form of protection such as pepper spray, a pocket knife or a taser.
- Take Notes On Your Surroundings: Familiarize yourself with the area, especially the emergency exits, nearby facilities with emergency supplies, nearby hospitals, etc. Knowing these key locations can help save lives in case of an emergency.
- Follow The Rules For Your and Other’s Safety: Every venue has its unique rules that should be abided. These rules are in place for your own good, and knowing these rules ahead of time can save you time and frustration. The last thing anyone wants is to get turned away or kicked out for not following the rules. Check the venue or ticket info for the rules ahead of time so you can be prepared. If you or someone you are with gets kicked out, make a plan on where to meet up after the event.
In addition to the above, please consult our Guide to Staying Safe at Concerts and Sporting Event Arenas.
What Happens If You are Injured
If you are injured seek immediate medical help. It is also important to know that venue owners are legally required to provide a safe environment for their customers and others at the event must be respectful and keep the event safe for everyone. If you have been hurt, you have the right to seek compensation from those who put you in danger. Being unexpectedly injured after trying to enjoy a fun event can have detrimental impacts on your physical and emotional health as well financially. If you are unsure about your situation and what rights you have, contact a personal injury lawyer in Nevada who can help you sort out your case.
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