Last stop on the Election Trail- Final Presidential Debate in Sin City

Drivers, transit riders should plan for detours ahead of presidential debate Traffic, bus service will be affected from approximately 4 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19

debate-logo-hero-vert-card_0LAS VEGAS – will be elevated to the national spotlight on Wednesday, Oct. 19 as the 2016 presidential candidates take the stage for the third and final debate at the Thomas & Mack Center. Traffic and transit service surrounding the Thomas & Mack Center will be severely affected, so the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC) advises commuters to plan ahead for roadway and transit restrictions.

The final presidential debate is scheduled to take place in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center.
The Host Committee asks for the entire community to welcome more than 5,000 members of the media, arriving in Las Vegas to cover the debate.

Hosting a presidential debate is an incredible honor. It provides an opportunity to showcase our university and our community to the nation.

This is the first time that a university and a destination have partnered to host a presidential debate and also the first time a presidential debate has been held in Nevada.

The commission on presidential debates manages all aspects of the debate, including the number of attendees and ticket allocation. Tickets are not available to the general public. The broadcast is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. in Las Vegas.

There will be viewing parties throughout the community to provide everyone with an opportunity to share in the debate experience. Visit the Las Vegas presidential debate website at to find locations near you. Local businesses can show support by hosting their own viewing party and tweeting images using the designated hashtags below.

It’s the final countdown! #UNLVegasDebate2016 @ThomasandMack on October 19. #LetFreedomRing #TourismMatters


Of course hosting an event of this magnitude in our city will bring about its own set of travails such as traffic nightmares and of course we get a double dose with the Rolling Stones concert just down the street on the same night at the T-Mobile Arena.

Expect the following road closures in Las Vegas on Wednesday the 19th so plan ahead! Road closures will primarily affect traffic to and from McCarran International Airport in particular those coming from the east side of town. Flight schedules will not be affected so if your travelling in or out of Sin City that day allow yourself PLENTY of extra time. LVMPD recommends these alternate routes during the closures. From the east side of the valley, the recommended alternate route during the the closures is westbound Flamingo to southbound Paradise Road. For those traveling from the west side of the valley, the recommended alternate route is eastbound Tropicana to southbound Paradise.

According to Metro and the Regional Transportation Commission the  periodic road closures are expected to occur from 4 to 10 p.m. in the areas listed below and are subject to change without notice:

■ Interstate 15, southbound from Sahara Avenue to the 215 Beltway.

■ 215 Beltway, eastbound through the airport connector to Russell Road.

■ Russell in both directions from McCarran International Airport to Maryland Parkway.

■ Maryland in both directions from Russell to Tropicana Avenue.

■ Tropicana, westbound from Maryland to Swenson Street.

■ Swenson in both directions from Naples Drive to Tropicana.

RTC Transit customers should be aware of the following route impacts:

  • Tropicana (Route 201): Stops on westbound Tropicana between Maryland Parkway and Paradise Road will not be served
  • Paradise/Swenson (Route 108): Stops on northbound Swenson Street between Tropicana Avenue and Flamingo Road will not be served
  • Westcliff Airport Express (WAX): The Tropicana Avenue and Koval Lane stop on northbound WAX will not be served Route detours with specific turn-by-turn directions are available on the RTC website at

Route detours with specific turn-by-turn directions are available on the RTC website at

Las Vegas Host Committee Press Release
RTC Press Release

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