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Big Las Vegas Weekend Pulls in Millions of Dollars

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LAS VEGAS -- A roaring arena, die-hard football fans and the sounds of Chinese celebration.

This will be a star-studded weekend in Las Vegas. By all estimates, the city will see more people, more spending, and more gambling than last year. About 275,000 visitors are expected to spend this weekend in Las Vegas. There are several events around the valley including the biggest football game of the year.

The Super Bowl means big bucks for the local economy. Just about every business will benefit, especially hotels. Visitors have also come for a big UFC fight and to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority officials say those visitors will shell out $85.6 million. It's a hopeful sign.

"We see it in food and beverage. We see it in room rates slowly climbing back up. We see a little bit more club activity and just the occupancy. You can see it at the airport. It's the middle of the day, and you can see it happening on the street," said Michelle Knoll from Treasure Island.

Knoll says they're expecting Treasure Island hotel rooms to be filled to capacity. People are checking in, shopping, eating, and gambling. Sports books are already getting revenue. Hilton executives say they've received a handful of six-figure bets.

According to Hue Thai Asian Cuisine owner Danny Nguyen, there's no better way to ring in the Chinese New Year than a trip to Las Vegas. Parades and floats will line the streets of Chinatown Saturday.

"It will be more exciting. People, they come in, and they are just talking about Las Vegas and… how much they win, how much they lost," he said. "We have extra staff definitely, and we have a double stack of food and supplies like silverware, paper ware, all the stuff like that."

Friday night, a line of Ultimate Fighting Championship fans waited for autographs from mixed martial arts fighters. The meet-and-greet and a weigh-in were just some of the many events leading up to Saturday's sold-out title fight at Mandalay Bay.

"This line for this weigh-in was one of the biggest I've ever seen," said UFC fan Nathan Pickett. "It's huge."

Die-hard football fans say nothing's bigger than the Super Bowl. Many consider the NFL championship game to be this weekend's main event.

Stacia Higgins of is making sure her Super Bowl party goes off without a hitch. She's offering fans 26 big screen televisions, an open bar, buffet, and private viewing rooms.

"It'll definitely be busy. It's my fourth year doing it out here in Vegas," she said. "Probably the best part is probably the day of, getting to greet everyone, meet people, see the sports fans go crazy over the games."

Ace Conway is with a group of friends from Ohio that has come to Las Vegas for the last 17 years to watch the Super Bowl. "We'll play some cards, roll some dice, have some great meals and watch a game at the Super Bowl party," he said.

Whether it's betting or shopping, people are coming from all over the world to spend money on something. "I'm going to the outlet mall, I know that, said Janice Gant, visiting from Missouri. This is her first visit to Las Vegas.

The weekend visitor number is up three percent from last year. Hotels are hoping to give visitors lots of great memories so they will come back again. 

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