First Look: Downtown’s Welcome Arch is Fleek AF

Before you get started, we use “fleek” ironically, so get off our back.

Secondly, sorry about the “AF,” Mom.

Most relevantly, sign company YESCO (which is redundant, since “SCO” stands for “sign company”) is testing downtown’s new welcome archway.

To cut to the chase, it’s infinitely better than anyone anticipated.

Downtown Vegas arch

All due respect to Betty Willis, designer of the other welcome sign, this is pretty badass.

Not surprisingly, we’ve got the first video of this new downtown photo op!

The video was captured by loyal reader Ester Goldberg, who you may remember hosted a comedy-variety show at a north Strip casino whose name shall not be mentioned because we’re not giving them publicity anymore.

The video shows YESCO putting the arch through its paces.

Honestly, we thought the arch would pretty much just have an “on” and “off” switch.

We’ve been watching this $6.5 million project closely and previously observed the archway involves an inordinate number of bulbs.

Beyond the bulbs you can see, there are apparently thousands of LEDs embedded in the arches as well.

Let’s just say the daytime arch is just a fraction of the “wow” factor of the nighttime version.

downtown arch

As with so many things in Las Vegas, less impressive with the lights on.

The downtown Las Vegas welcome archway is going to draw a lot of eyeballs toward downtown from The Strip. It remains to be seen if those eyeballs will continue their journey downtown to drink and gamble.

Yes, the idea of eyeballs drinking and gambling is a little disturbing. You should mention it to your therapist.

No date has been set for the official unveiling of the downtown arch, but you’ll know when we do.

We’re always in the mood for some fresh Vegas bling, and the downtown welcome arch more than qualifies.

11 thoughts on “First Look: Downtown’s Welcome Arch is Fleek AF


    Had zero expectations of this being anything more than a cheap wannabe “attraction” to rival the Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas sign, but that actually looks pretty cool. I’m still of the opinion it should have been closer to the Fremont Experience, but hey, it’s their arch, they can out it anywhere they damn well please.

    1. Alex

      The placement is meant to be a “gateway arch”, it welcomes people into the city limits right after they pass the border on Sahara Ave ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. Scott Roeben Post author

      Once people are at Fremont Street Experience, they’re already at the destination. The City wants to draw people from The Strip, not give another photo op to those who are already at the destination. “)

  2. Gregory M. Waryas

    WELCOME TO THE GHETTO! WIith all of the roadwork, abandoned, boarded up buildings, I would be disappointed to pass under those arches.
    Displaced homeless people living on the sidewalk and inside a boarded up wedding chapel say Welcome quite strongly: Welcome tourists to NOT the Strip but an example of a showboating mayor.
    She has stayed far too long .

  3. Henrik

    Really nice will be so nice to see when i visit The Strat next time. My favorite place in Vegas and close to everything if you know how to move around ๐Ÿ™‚

    Best wishes from Sweden!

  4. Ron Nasty

    In a tribute to debauchery, waste, excess etc…, the next time I’m in Las Vegas I’m going to get soused, rent a limo and companion, and stop under the arch to take some pics.


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