Driving from California to Las Vegas for the Super Bowl

Driving to Las Vegas for Super Bowl 

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On Sunday February 11th, 2024, the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs will go head to head in the Super Bowl LVIII. This will be the first time that Las Vegas hosts the big game. The kickoff is at 3:30 pm local time and 6:30 pm EST at Allegiant Stadium. About 350,000 people are expected to arrive in Las Vegas for the game. 

If you are driving to Las Vegas to see the Super Bowl live, you need to choose the best route, follow the rules of the road, and be prepared for traffic.


From San Francisco Bay Area

Die hard San Francisco 49ers fans making the journey to Las Vegas will be looking at around an 8-hour drive by car. The distance between the two cities is around 550 miles, if you choose the most direct route. 

The easiest and most direct route is to take the I-5 south to the I-15. Given these are some of the busiest interstate freeways in the country, expect traffic and delays. The day and time you leave will affect the time. Generally speaking, leaving early in the morning will save you time. Weekends also tend to see more traffic throughout the day than weekdays. 

A longer but more scenic route takes about 10 and a half hours. The drive takes you up to Sacramento, then across the state to Nevada on US-50 E. You would then follow US-95 south to Las Vegas. 


From Los Angeles Metro Area

Driving from Los Angeles to Las Vegas takes about 4.5 hours on average, depending on traffic and the route you choose. However, you may face a much longer driver if you encounter heavy congestion, accidents, or road closures. The most direct route is to take the I-10 east to the I-15 north. 

The drive through the desert will take you past famous monuments and sites, such as the Bottle Tree Ranch, the Mojave National Preserve, and the Seven Magic Mountains. 


From San Diego Area 

The journey from San Diego to Las Vegas will take you along the same route as Los Angeles. The fastest route is 330 miles and takes about 5 hours. San Diegans can take I-15 north all the way to Las Vegas. A more scenic route will take you on the SR-60 through Moreno Valley to the I-10. You can stop to see Joshua National Park and Mojave National Preserve before rejoining the I-15. 

Highlights on this route include La Jolla, Calico Ghost Town, and Palm Springs. 


Road Closures

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Leading up to Super Bowl LVIII, motorists should expect several road closures and lane restricts near and around Allegiant Stadium.

The following roads in Las Vegas and Clark County will be temporarily closed:

  • Hacienda Avenue: Polaris Ave. to Valley View Blvd. until Feb. 15.
  • Sobb Avenue: Game Changers Sports driveway to Cameron St. until Feb. 11.
  • Polaris Avenue: Lot W to Russell Rd. from Feb. 3 to Feb. 9.
  • Dewey Drive: Terrible’s to Polaris Ave. until Feb. 15. Businesses can still access Dewey Dr.
  • Al Davis Way: Allegiant Stadium Way to Dean Martin Dr. Allegiant Stadium Way is closed at Hacienda Ave. until Feb. 15.
  • Frank Sinatra Drive: Lane restrictions from the Mandalay Bay loading dock to Russell Rd. from Feb. 7 to Feb. 11. Only one lane is open northbound and two lanes are open southbound.
  • Russell Road: Lane restrictions at Frank Sinatra Dr. from Feb. 7 to Feb. 11. Two eastbound turn lanes are closed at the back entrance of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center.
  • Dean Martin Drive: Lane restrictions from Russell Rd. to Lot N from Feb. 8 to Feb. 15. The lane restrictions will become a full closure to Oquendo Rd. Businesses can still access Dean Martin Dr.
  • Sammy Davis Jr. Drive: Lane restriction from Goh Tong Way to the Resorts World employee/delivery entry on Feb. 8, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. The southbound turn lane into the employee entrance of Resorts World is also closed.
  • Sands Avenue: Lane restriction from Howard Hughes Pkwy to Paradise Ave. from Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. to Feb. 10 at 1 a.m. The north curb lane is closed.
  • Ali Baba Avenue: One-way traffic only eastbound from Valley View Boulevard to Dean Martin Dr. on Feb. 11. No westbound traffic is allowed.
  • Las Vegas Boulevard: Lane restrictions in front of Bellagio until Feb. 16. The sidewalk is open 24 hours a day during Super Bowl Week, from Feb. 4 to Feb. 11.
    For more information on road closures and parking during Super Bowl Week, visit the official NFL Super Bowl site.


Car Crashes Increase After the Super Bowl 

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Car crashes increase by more than 40% in the hours after the Super Bowl, according to a study conducted by the University of Toronto. Crashes are more common in the losing team’s state, as fans are more likely to be distracted or distraught. 

Researchers found that drinking during the game, driver fatigue, and distracted driving contributed to the rise in fatal and non-fatal accidents. The 40% surge in Super Bowl car accidents is larger than another deadly holiday for road accidents – New Year’s Eve.  


“Super” Safety Tips 

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The Super Bowl attracts hundreds of millions of viewers every year. No matter where you plan to watch the game, in Las Vegas, at a sports bar, or with your friends, safety should be your top priority.

Intercept A Cell Phone From the Driver’s Hand  

Texting and driving is a definite foul. In California and Nevada, it is illegal to text and drive. Only the use of a hands-free device is acceptable. If you catch a friend or family member with a phone in their hand, remind them of the law and ask them to pull over if they need to use their phone.

Set a Game Plan

Map out your itinerary and check for road closures and delays. Use a navigation app like Google Maps, Waze, or Apple Maps for directions and real-time traffic updates. You can also check the weather forecast and road conditions before you travel. 

Skip the Bad Tailgating 

Tailgating at a football game? Sounds great! Tailgating behind another car? Not so much. 

Tailgating is not only dangerous, it’s also illegal in California and Nevada. Always keep a safe distance from other vehicles. In most cases, that is at least three feet between your car and the vehicle in front of you. At night and in bad weather, it is recommended to leave a larger distance. 

Be On the Defense 

Being a defensive driver means being aware, alert, and prepared for any situation on the road. Some of the ways you can be a defensive driver are:

  • Avoid distractions such as cell phones or eating while driving
  • Scan the road ahead and behind and check your blind spots before changing lanes
  • Follow traffic signs and use your turn signals
  • Adjust your speed according to the weather, road, and traffic conditions

Take Breaks

Driving for long hours can cause fatigue, which impairs your driving skills and increases the risk of accidents. To prevent an accident, you should take regular breaks every two hours or 100 miles, or whenever you feel tired. 

You can stop at rest areas, gas stations, or scenic spots to stretch your legs, use the restroom, or have a snack. You can also switch drivers if you have someone else who can drive. 

Be Prepared for Emergencies

You never know when something unexpected might happen on the road. To be ready for any situation, have an emergency kit in your car. It should be stocked with a first-aid kit, flashlight, tire jack, spare tire, jumper cables, flares, water, and non-perishable food. 

You should also have your phone fully charged and have the contact information of your insurance company and roadside assistance. 

Practice Good Sportsmanship On and Off the Road

Just as players must abide by rules of good conduct, so do drivers. As a driver, you have a duty to operate your vehicle and in a manner that does not endanger others. 

  • If you get pulled over, cooperate with the authorities 
  • Show respect for other drivers
  • Respect the rules of the road
  • Encourage good behavior with family and friends 
  • Never drink and drive


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