The 54th edition of The Vegas Shoot, the biggest indoor archery tournament in the world, will take place on February 7-9, 2020 at The South Point Hotel Casino and Spa in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Whether you are attending on your own, as a couple, with your family or as part of a team, the truth is that everyone is welcome.
The last few years of The Vegas Shoot has seen a huge increase in club and college groups travelling and competing together. So, if that’s what you’re planning in 2020, here are some tips on how you and your team can make the best of your Vegas experience.
Registration for The Vegas Shoot 2020 has been opened since last August 14 and it will run until Thursday, February 6, just one day prior to the start of competition. All early birds who do it before January 20 get a $50 discount.
Nominate a team leader. That person should track who’s done their registration – so you can make the most of organizing things like hotels and travel in bulk.
The South Point Hotel, the official hotel and venue of The Vegas Shoot, offers over 2,000 hotel rooms at a good rate for all participants.
Book with the group code WAF2020 and receive rates of $86.00 midweek and $125.00 weekend + daily resort fee. Be aware that rates are not guaranteed once the block is sold out – and based on experience, they do sell out quickly.
There’s nothing better than staying on-site at The Vegas Shoot as, with your team nearby, taking advantage of 24-hour practice, heading for food or making your – or your teammates – lines becomes much simpler.
Don’t want to stay in the South Point or miss out on rooms?
Then you’re looking at suites. Sure, the cost of a suite looks higher than a single or double room but the number of people you can fit inside one means that number is split among so many more people. There’s no better place to set up your team headquarters!
Group travel means discount travel – especially when renting a minivan becomes so economical when the costs are split. Make sure you’ve got a safe and insured driver and that you’ve thought through the schedule for the day.
(Your team might be split across different lines during the day.)
Of course, if you’re staying on-site, the only vital travel you’ll need is from the airport to the hotel. Team limousine, anyone?
If the idea is to grab something quick while spending time with the team, places like Steak N’ Shake, In-N-Out Burger, Shake Shack or The Cheesecake Factory are good options. Wherever you can, try to get a reservation done for the entire team to avoid long waiting times – Vegas is a busy city.
Higher-class restaurants like Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Harrah’s and the Top of the World spot at the top of the Stratosphere will cost you an extra dollar but are great for a team dinner.
But probably the best spots for a full squad? The buffets. All the hotels in Sin City have them and some are great. If you’re heading off the competition venue, try the buffets at the Wynn or Venetian.
And, when you’ve got a large group of people with different tastes, there’s no disagreement about what type of food to eat when there’s so much variety on offer.
Got registered, a nice room with everyone in, fed up properly, shot some arrows, got a minivan and ended up with some free time to enjoy Sin City? Here’s three things on the team checklist.
1. Fountain photo – wander the main strip, visit all the resorts you like, but make sure you get a photo of your full team outside the Bellagio with the fountains in full swing. The water-and-light show runs every 15 minutes from 20h00 ’til midnight, Monday to Sunday.
2. Top Golf – archery’s a sport of precision and routine, and so’s golf. Top Golf, out the back of the MGM Grand, is a next-level driving range with games, food and bars. A bit of fun and friendly competition. Loser pays the last round?
(It’s quite similar to ten-pin bowling – and there’s plenty of that in the South Point, too. As well as hosting the Vegas Shoot, the resort hosts state, national and international bowling tournaments annually.)
3. The big experience – it doesn’t matter what it is, your team’s got to have one big “thing” in Vegas. The Grand Canyon is only a few hours’ drive away and if you’ve already got a minivan, it’s worth the trip. There are plenty of shows in town that will give discounts if you’re buying in bulk. And, if nothing else, the zipline down Fremont Street will produce photos that can take pride of place, back home, on the clubhouse wall!