Written by Barbara Toombs
What do 113 adult blue whales, 5,666 full-grown African elephants and 103 B-52 bombers have in common? They all weigh 17,000 tons – the same as the amount of steel that went into the Las Vegas Convention Center’s sparkling new West Hall (along with 56 miles of rebar and 60,000 miles of wire).
In 2018, plans were released for the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) to undergo a multi-million-dollar expansion, the 14th in its history. Today, $989 million later, that 1.4-million-square-foot West Hall expansion has not only provided the center with increased meeting space, it features a sleek new design incorporating the latest in technology – and connects the Convention Center to the Las Vegas Strip. The main exhibit hall is 600,000 square feet, big enough to accommodate three Boeing 747 jets – or The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions.
From June 17-19, 2021, the general public will get to check out the new West Hall for the very first time, as it will be transformed into a signature Barrett-Jackson experience, showcasing hundreds of gleaming collector cars and colorful pieces of automobilia, an incredible Exhibitor Marketplace, fascinating sponsor displays and, of course, the one-and-only Barrett-Jackson auction block. Outdoors, just steps from the auction arena, event attendees will be able to go on an exhilarating spin around the Barrett-Jackson Performance Track with a professional driver in the latest vehicles from major automakers.
The moment Barrett-Jackson guests step into the new facility they will know they’re in for an experience like no other. The West Hall’s atrium and main entrance offers an outside view through 137,000 square feet of glass, as well as a massive video wall with a 10,000-square-foot screen. There’s a 14,000-square-foot outdoor terrace on the third level that affords great views of the Strip and serves as the perfect place to watch the sun go down.
Some 40 feet beneath the surface is Elon Musk’s innovative underground transportation system, a fun and quick way to move visitors throughout the more than 200-acre LVCC campus in all-electric Tesla vehicles. Just how quick? What would typically be up to a 15-minute walk from the LVCC’s North/Central Hall to the new West Hall will take just 60 seconds using new high-tech system. Plans have been announced to develop an expanded system throughout the resort corridor, known as the Vegas Loop, which will ease traffic congestion and offer a new transportation option for visitors from as far north as Downtown Las Vegas, throughout the Strip and as far south as Allegiant Stadium.
The West Hall of the LVCC is bounded by Las Vegas Boulevard (aka the Strip) to the west, Elvis Presley Drive to the north, Convention Center drive to the south and Paradise Road to the east. From anywhere on the Strip, the auction site can be quickly reached via rideshare or monorail (there is enclosed pedestrian access for the Las Vegas Monorail right at the LVCC). Nearby accommodation choices are plentiful, both on and off the Strip, and guests can get special rates by booking their hotel stay on Barrett-Jackson.com. Later in 2021, that super-cool Tesla underground people mover will connect the convention center to Resorts World, an incredible soon-to-be-open destination located just across the Strip from the LVCC and said to be the most expensive resort property ever developed in Las Vegas (and that’s saying a lot).
Barrett-Jackson is thrilled to be returning to the Entertainment Capital of the World at this exciting new location, where guests can be assured of a safe and healthy environment in which to enjoy all The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions has to offer. The LVCC is committed to providing the highest level of health and safety and was awarded the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR facility accreditation by ISSA, the world’s leading trade association for the cleaning industry. Considered the gold standard for safe facilities, the GBAC program was designed to control the risks associated with infectious agents, including the virus responsible for COVID-19. The LVCC was the first facility in Nevada to receive the accreditation. Barrett-Jackson will be working closely with federal, state and local authorities to ensure any COVID restrictions in place at the time of the Las Vegas Auction are closely adhered to.