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Core Arena brings western legacy back to downtown Las Vegas

A one-of-a-kind event center is now open downtown. It's a special space -- to ride high.

It's called the Core Arena, and it's right outside the Plaza Hotel. It's bringing the western legacy back to Las Vegas.

"Vegas is a western town, and it's good to see this kind of put back here in the heart of it," said Matt Shiozawa, professional rodeo cowboy.

It's country at it's core. The Core Arena at the Plaza Hotel is the first and only permanent outdoor equestrian center in downtown Las Vegas.

Shiozawa is a professional cowboy and in town for the 2018 National Finals Rodeo. The competition is taking place at the Thomas and Mack Center.

But Shiozowa says having a practice and stable space like the Core is long overdue.

"I like the fact that we can still have that experience down here, everything that downtown brings, and I can have my equipment and my horses and everything, and just be steps away from my room here at the Plaza."... Read More

Las Vegas city constable involved in downtown crash

A Las Vegas city constable is recovering after being involved in a crash in downtown Las Vegas, according to Metro Police.

It happened Monday morning at the intersection of 10th and Clark when the officer's vehicle collided with a van.

The other driver was not harmed... Read More

Run, hide, or fight: Security expert gives tips on how to react in dangerous situation at bars

Since a gunman claimed the life of 12 people in a mass shooting at a bar in Thousand Oaks, soft targets have been at the center of almost all mass shootings.

Places like the Borderline Bar and Grill, where the tragedy occurred Wednesday night, the Las Vegas Strip, churches, and schools are all considered vulnerable to an attack.

8 News NOW Reporter Karen Castro spoke with a security expert on how to react in the case of an emergency.

"If I'm going to be coming to an establishment like rebar, I'm looking to see what kind of security they have at the door and how tight is the security expert Jon Simon said.

Before he even walked in the door Jon Simon of Protection Consultant at Simon Event Group, made a number of observations outside Rebar bar.

Rebar has security on staff, as well as surveillance cameras and other layers of protection... Read More

Sunday street closures due to Marathon and Veterans Day Parade

A portion of Las Vegas Boulevard and streets in downtown Las Vegas will be closed for more than 12 hours, in some cases, Sunday, Nov. 11, due to the Toyota Rock 'n' Roll Las Vegas Marathon and a Veterans Day Parade.

Closures will start around 7 a.m. with Fourth Street between Coolidge and Ogden avenues as preparations are made for the Veterans Day Parade that begins at 10 a.m. Also, portions of Ogden east and west of Fourth will be closed for the parade. Click here for the parade route map.... Read More

Hotel security guard arrested for sexual assault

A downtown Las Vegas hotel security guard is facing charges of sexual assault, according to Las Vegas police.

Jose Garcia, 39, was arrested on Tuesday, Aug. 21 after a woman arrived at UMC and reported she had been sexually assaulted by a security officer at a hotel in the 200 block of Fremont Street.

Metro Police said, it was reported Garcia allegedly sexually assaulted the woman after threatening to turn her over to police for suspected prostitution.

Garcia is facing charges of two counts of sexual assault, attempted sexual assault and two counts of open and gross lewdness... Read More

Mega video canopy in downtown Las Vegas to be renovated

The mega video canopy in downtown Las Vegas will undergo a $32 million renovation.

The Fremont Street Experience entertainment district on Monday announced the renovation is scheduled to begin in February.

The canopy spans five city blocks above Fremont Street.

The changes are expected to quadruple the canopy's resolution. A new feature will also allow visitors to use an app to write personalized messages that will appear on the canopy, as well as to vote for the next song or video to be played.

The upgraded canopy will be unveiled on New Year's Eve 2019.

Fremont Street Experience President and CEO Patrick Hughes says 23 million people visit the entertainment district every year. ... Read More

Downtown Las Vegas kicks renovation into high gear in effort to stay modern

Downtown Las Vegas is really dazzling into the 21st century. Anyone who's headed towards downtown this week has likely noticed a new display near the Stratosphere. Earlier this year, a $30 million upgrade was approved for the Fremont Street Experience.

Now, the Plaza Hotel and Casino is kicking its renovations into high gear.

8 News NOW Sasha Loftis spent the day touring their hard hat zones... Read More