My friends and I watched Super Bowl LIV at the Downtown Events Center. Except for the 49ers fan who was celebrating the soon-to-disappear third-quarter lead by throwing chairs around the area, and thereby, earning an exit from the grounds, it was great fun.
Afterward, it was to the D Las Vegas, which was packed and boisterous. Back out to the Fremont Street Experience with some live music, and called it a night.
On Tuesday, I happened to return to the D, went upstairs and ran into this.
“Uh, this wasn’t here before,” I decisively determined, then, channeling my inner Graham Chapman, bellowed, “All right, what’s all this, then?!”
The RJ’s Al Mancini later informed the masses that the second-floor work was part of the transformation to BarCanada, a hockey-inspired establishment.
It promises “the Canadian spirit of hockey and hops for an unforgettable game watching experience.” To which I snarkily thought, “‘Canadian spirit of hockey?’ Then why has the Stanley Cup been in ’Murica since 1994? USA! USA! USA!”
At least Sigma Derby has survived the transition.
Having solved that mystery, I stepped outside to FSE, no longer seeing bands entertaining the masses, but visitors and/or locals feeling the chill of the winds and 50-degree afternoon.
I don’t think they wanted to hear from me that this used to be considered prime golf weather conditions for those in Rockford, Illinois.
And, finally, back by popular demand … pigeons!