SAHARA EVENT CENTER
Sahara Event Center is a company that was formed less than 2 years ago in the hope of restoring an iconic building, rich in history, back into an entertainment and event center which was what it was originally built for.
This 2 story building is a 60,000 sq. ft facility with an occupancy load of 2,011 people downstairs and an additional 250 people upstairs. When it opened back in August 1969, Jim Morrison and the Doors opened the facility. Many famous acts including CCR, Santana, Led Zeppelin, The Grateful Dead, Black Sabbath, and many others have performed in this historic facility. This steel framed building was one of a kind when it opened and still has the most incredible acoustic sound you could imagine. Any time you play music in this facility it sounds so unique that you could almost picture all the greats have performed here in the past.
Upstairs lounge, the restaurant was a frequent stomping ground for the Rat Pack in the early 70’s. Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. and the boys would all come upstairs after their show at the Sahara Casino and spend the late night partying with friends and showgirls.
Our mission is to restore the venue and celebrate its past with every poster and story that it’s rich has to offer. We want to have events and music shows that compliment its unique and quaint setting. We were able to obtain a super club license upstairs and downstairs snack bar with full liquor and food. We will be finished renovating and have our first event in early December. We are located in an old part of town surrounded by a large Hispanic and Latin community. We’ve had many wrestling shows and roller derby shows as well as a few concerts already. When the lights are down and the music is playing, there is a surreal feeling like no other while this facility’s ghosts are always omnipresent.
The rich and unique history must be preserved and expanded, as the pure sounds that resonate are one of kind! While we’ve been in this building for 14 years playing roller hockey and hosting some events, our goal has always been to bring this building and its rich history back to prominence.
We have been able to find many articles and posters from some of the old shows and will proudly display them all over the building. The distinct acoustics in this facility will be on full display when we host music events, as we are fully equipped with stage, lights sound systems to host premier events. Our goal is to celebrate the past with new and exciting events that will add to the rich history of the old Sahara Ice Palace that opened so many years ago.
One of the greatest things is the fact that this facility hosted 4 of the greatest shows ever held in Las Vegas including the 3rd rated show by Led Zeppelin.
Check it out at the following link: http://lasvegassun.com/news/2007/apr/26/25-most-legendary-rock-concerts-las-vegashistory/
Check out this amazing account:
3. Led Zeppelin, Las Vegas Ice Palace, 1969 Though the Internet purports Zeppelin’s only Vegas-related date to have been an April 19, 1970, Convention Center cancellation (either Robert Plant was in poor health or tickets weren’t selling well, depending which version you believe), we’ve spoken to a dozen individuals who vividly recall getting the Led out at this once-hopping all-ages venue in the Commercial Center off Sahara Ave. It went down atop the wood-covered ice of a hockey arena—most likely, we deduce, on either August 11 or 12, between shows in San Diego and Phoenix—with fans of the band’s blues-driven early music fanning across the plywood floor and up the bleachers along the sides. “They were good, except when Jimmy Page pulled out that violin bow and drove me nuts with it for the next 25 minutes,” recalls Las Vegas resident Tom Burt. “It was before they were really big—they only had their first album out—but if you knew what was goin’ on, you knew who they were.”
7. The Doors, Las Vegas Ice Palace, 1969 Though several websites put this show—the LA quartet’s second Vegas performance (Convention Center, August 25, 1967, was the first)—on November 1, we can’t pin that date down with total certainty. Ultimately, it matters little, compared with the circumstances surrounding Jim Morrison’s arrival the same year he’d been charged with lewd and lascivious behavior, indecent exposure, profanity and drunkenness in Miami, to say nothing of his arrest on vagrancy charges during a Las Vegas visit in January 1968. Mike Tell, who promoted some of the area’s earliest rock shows in the mid-to-late ’60s, remembers the hubbub: “The district attorney in Vegas, George Franklin, went on national TV and said, ‘If Jim Morrison does one thing wrong I’m gonna arrest him and promoter Mike Tell.’ I had more police around the stage than ever before. So I went backstage to Morrison, and I said, ‘Jim, this is the only place kids have in Vegas. Please don’t do anything.’ And he went onstage and sang ‘When the Music’s Over’ for about 45 minutes and didn’t move a muscle.”
There is something special about this particular venue and we hope to share it with music lovers from all around the world. We also know our limitations, we have a facility built in 1969 and we’ll bring it up to modern code, but it’s not a strip casino and never will be. Our focus is on getting up and coming musicians to hold events that will propel them to stardom, just like it did for Led Zeppelin. One of the greatest features is our city-owned parking lot that holds over 2500 cars. Free parking is a luxury we will take full advantage of.
The 2nd floor overlooks the facility we huge ceiling to floor windows that give a majestic view. Please check our website at and click on RINK PICS to get an idea of the view from upstairs. My background has always been in business, starting out working Xerox Corp, and owning Las Vegas Roller Hockey for the past 14 years, while always knowing the future was to bring this building back and holding events. Old Vegas has some of the greatest history one could ever hope for as superstars first played here before they became famous, amazing!