Last-minute preparations under way for New Year's Eve in Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- We're counting down to the end of 2011, and last-minute preps are under way in Las Vegas for the big New Year's Eve party. We have all the information you need to ring in the new year, wherever you plan to celebrate.
Police will start setting up barricades to close the Strip on Saturday afternoon so hundreds of thousands of people can ring in 2012 Las Vegas style.
The LVCVA predicts 314,000 visitors will celebrate the New Year in Las Vegas this year.
Hotel occupancy is expected to be at about 98 percent on the Strip, and non-gaming revenue is projected to be around $193 million.
When the clock strikes midnight, fireworks will be launched from eight resorts on the Strip: the Stratosphere, MGM Grand, Aria, Planet Hollywood, Caesars Palace, the Venetian and the Tropicana.
The fireworks show, put on by Grucci, will last more than eight minutes and be set to music from popular artists in 2011.
The Nevada Highway Patrol will shut down all freeway ramps to the Strip at about 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. At about 6:30, the inbound roads to Las Vegas Boulevard will be closed as well.
The Fremont Street Experience will close to the public at 5 p.m., and open for entertainment at 6 p.m.
Beginning at 10 p.m., Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest will air on Channel 13.
After that, Action News Live @ 11 will begin coverage of all the festivities on the Las Vegas Strip and on Fremont Street. The fireworks show will air live as the clock strikes midnight.