City lights up downtown's Gateway Arch for first time

Arch will light up each day at dusk

Mitch Kelly
November 19, 2020 - 5:17 am
Artist rendering of the Gateway Arch in downtown Las Vegas

City of Las Vegas

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Las Vegas, NV (KXNT) - Wednesday night, the city of Las Vegas illuminated its new, 80-foot-tall Gateway Arches spanning Las Vegas Boulevard between St. Louis and Bob Stupak avenues at the base of The STRAT Hotel, Casino & SkyPod. Conceived and designed by Selbert Perkins Design and fabricated and installed by YESCO (the 100-year-old company synonymous with Las Vegas’ most iconic signs), the archway marks travelers’ official arrival into the city of Las Vegas.

“Las Vegas is known worldwide as the getaway for the best in entertainment, fun, dining and convention business,” Mayor Carolyn G. Goodman said. “What better way to invite everyone into historic downtown than by passing through this massive new archway into the heart of a revitalized Las Vegas?”

The blue illuminated arches form a towering gateway to the city’s burgeoning downtown and feature a pink, retro-inspired Las Vegas emblem suspended above the boulevard.

“Ward 3 is a dynamic part of the city of Las Vegas and I am so excited to represent the home of this beautiful new gateway,” Ward 3 Councilwoman Olivia Diaz said. “I am sure these iconic arches will become synonymous with the fun and excitement of our city, as well as being a point of community pride for years to come.”

While the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign at the south end of the Strip enjoys world renown, many people do not realize it lies outside city of Las Vegas’ boundaries in unincorporated Clark County, Nevada. The new, brightly lit, Gateway Arches will welcome visitors to the city of Las Vegas as they travel north on Las Vegas Boulevard.

FUN FACTS:

- One leg of the Gateway Arches weighs 18,400 pounds. 

- Number of lights on the arches - 13,016. 

- City of Las Vegas emblem measures 20 feet by 40 feet and weighs 7,300 pounds. 

- The entire arch draws over 61,000 watts of power. 

- The arches are comprised of 13,000+ RGB light-emitting diode (LED) pucks that are individually programmable. 

- There are over 700 feet of fully programmable RGBW LED Flex Neon; each pixel is 4.92 inches. 

- Fully programmable, the color-changing sign contains more than 170 IP addresses. 

- Each arch leg spans 140 feet across Las Vegas Boulevard. 

- There are 900+ LED lamps in the southern face of the hanging “Las Vegas” cabinet. 

 - Four footings were drilled with a drill rig and are 20 feet deep by 4 feet wide, with a steel-reinforced cage. 

The Gateway Arches will be illuminated every day, beginning at dusk.