The Pittsburgh Steelers are favored by 6 ½ to 7 points over the Arizona Cardinals in Sunday’s Super Bowl XLIII contest at Tampa, Florida. Most of the early wagering at Las Vegas sports books has been for the underdog Cardinals.
Wynn Las Vegas has the Steelers has a 7-point favorite. The Las Vegas Hilton has moved the line to 6 ½ and minus- 110. Lucky’s sports books lowered Pittsburgh’s money-line price to minus-215 and, to attempt to dramatically boost the Super Bowl handle, posted about 165 proposition bets at seven sports books.
The ‘dog is definitely receiving the lion’s share of wagering action.
But there is no speculation about the Cardinals-Steelers matchup drawing a much needed $100 million revenue haul for Nevada.
A Super Bowl-record $94.5 million was wagered in Nevada in 2006, when the Steelers upended the Seahawks, 21-10. Nevada’s total wagering for last year’s game was $92.1 million.
What goes around comes around. Especially in Las Vegas, a city that continually reinvents itself by offering a blinding array of kitschy, hip, and retro alternatives to delight its visitors. The newest opportunity: You can plunk down $45 for an overnight trailer stay smack dab on The Strip in an asphalt campground. It’s not any trailer. Oh no. Rather, you get to enjoy ol’ time nostalgia living in a 25-foot classic silver-bullet Airstream trailer.
Airstream has delivered 10 of its snazzy period travel trailers to the Kampgrounds of America parking lot of Circus Circus in Las Vegas. They’re available for immediate overnight rentals. Think of it- could even make for a great honeymoon suite.
With the prices of mid-level and lower-tier Las Vegas resorts plummeting, it could actually be cheaper to stay at a regular hotel. But is economy what you really want for your vacation (or your honeymoon)? Consider that by staying in an Airstream you’ll have a bevy of gaudy red plastic flamingos hanging out in your asphalt yard. Kids won’t be running up and down your hallways. You will have a full galley, so you can cut down your costs of eating out. And you won’t have housekeepers banging their vacuum cleaners against your door at an ungodly early hour when you’re otherwise predisposed.
However, if grilling burgers in the rare air of Vegas or the haunting flamingos get too much, just pull the blinds and hole up inside of your Airstream with some Twinkies and Ho Hos and watch some cable-TV on two Toshiba flat screens. (Yeah, I know, that doesn’t quite go with the feng shui of the 1930s ambiance, but after all it is Las Vegas.)
The fact is that you may go so ga-ga over the whole experience that you might want to dig deeper in your pocket and pop for $50,000 for one of your own. Maybe even a full-time abode?