One of the biggest attractions in Las Vegas outside the famed Strip is the Fremont Street Experience. This represents the heart and soul of the downtown area. It has also undergone a dramatic revitalization through millions of dollars in investments.
One of the biggest investments is the recently renovated Viva Vision Canopy. This will be the focal point of the new and improved Fremont Street Experience. it appears will also make its grand debut this New Year’s Eve.
Plans are in the works to unveil the 130,000 square-foot canopy as a way to ring in the New Year. Workers continue to install the final lighted panels as part of this $32 million project. The goal is to provide a brighter and sharper display of lights for visiting tourists. If this was not a major attraction before, it is sure to be one now.
The Fremont Street Experience has also been referred to as the downtown’s entertainment district. The Viva Vision Canopy puts an exclamation on that point. This is a 1,500-foot long arch with the world’s largest video display. It hangs above pedestrians walking the street with entertaining daily light shows.
Indeed, his is the first major upgrade in 15 years. The Viva Vision will be celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2020. Las Vegas is definitely not lacking tourist attractions. It is estimated that the Fremont Street Experience brings in close to 25 million visitors a year. That accounts for well more than half the 43 million visitors to Las Vegas annually.
The updated light display boasts nearly 50 million LED lights. Furthermore, this is an increase of four times the old panels. The end result will be dramatic to say the least. The screen will be seven times brighter and four times sharper. Moreover, this allows shows to be run in the daytime as well as the night.
City officials released plans for the project in August of 2018. Work began on the renovation early in 2019. Anyone interested in seeing the finished product this New Year’s Eve can buy a ticket for $35. They are available through the Fremont Street Experience website.
Watchfire Signs was the company behind the design and production of the new digital screens. Located in Danville, Ill, the final truckload of signs arrived in Las Vegas. All told, it took 59 truckloads of signs to complete the project.
A Watchfire press release said that the company created the signs to meet the needs of the Fremont Street Experience. This includes covering the 130,000 square feet of curved space. There were 1,054 subframes holding 64 separate modules of LED lights. Each subframe was designed to fit a section of the canopy. Along with the production of the lighted screens, a specialized delivery system catered to the installation process.
Steve Harriott is the president and CEO of Watchfire Signs added, “Interest in this product has been very high. And we’re looking forward to using it for other projects.”