Those who enjoy running a fantasy football empire will finally have their own convention this summer. The number of teams, attendees, exhibits, parties, and signings is expected to be legendary. Someone from every NFL franchise is going — 100 former and current NFL players among them. The best part: It’s in Vegas.
From July 10-12 this year, the first National Fantasy Football Convention will be held at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino. This is the annual event to beat, where fans can come to meet players in a variety of live events. The list of incoming talent is long and impressive, including such names as Le’Veon Bell, Danny Amendola, and Emmanuel Sanders. The convention will be hosted by the Tony Romo, quarterback of the Dallas Cowboys (also an investor in the convention), Michael Fabiano from the NFL Network, Colin Cowherd of ESPN, and more.
The events sound like a fantasy footballer’s dream. In Fantasy Combine, you have a chance to toss a ball with a pro, though they haven’t revealed who yet. There will of course be a fantasy football hall of fame induction, where there will undoubtedly be a lot of laughter, oohs, ahhs, and high-fives while the highlight reels roll. No convention would be complete without a panel, like the Primetime Receiver’s Q&A, hosted by Fantasy Zone’s Kay Adams. There will even be courses in the how-tos of fantasy football — labeled like college courses — from Fantasy 201: the Art of the Draft, to Fantasy 401: Building a Lasting Dynasty.
A Field Level ticket to the convention will run you $250 — that gets you in to all the Fan Expo events like the Fantasy Hall of Fame and all the stage events, like the Question and Answers and the Draft Show. MVP-level tickets go for $875 each, which includes all the Field Level perks, plus MVP lounge access, preferred seating in Training and Q&A stage events, as well as at the hall of fame ceremony, the Expert Draft Show, and the Ultimate Fantasy League Draft. MVPs will also get exclusive invites to the MVP Owner’s Circle party and player signing opportunities. And apparently anyone can buy autographs or photo ops from $50 to $90. Bring your credit cards, guys. It’s Vegas! At least you don’t have wear a costume.