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April 18, 2019

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Fremont Street video canopy getting $32 million upgrade

Downtown Las Vegas

Julie Jacobson / AP

In this March 22, 2012, photo, tourists watch the canopy light show at the Fremont Street Experience in Las Vegas.

A $32 million upgrade of the Fremont Street Experience will make one of downtown Las Vegas’ biggest attractions brighter than ever.

The upgrade will make the Viva Vision video canopy seven times brighter and allow the LED display to operate 24 hours a day.

Spanning four blocks, the electronic canopy is one of the largest video screens in the world. It includes 12.5 million LED lights and a 550,000-watt, concert-quality sound system.

The project is a partnership between the Fremont Street Experience, the city of Las Vegas and the Las Vegas Conventions and Visitors Authority. It will begin in February and is scheduled for completion before New Year’s Eve 2019.

“With Fremont Street Experience attracting more than 23 million visitors a year, we’re really looking forward to seeing the new energy this brings to downtown Las Vegas and the positive impact it will have on the entire community,” said Patrick Hughes, president and chief executive officer of the Fremont Street Experience.

The canopy will also be incorporating new digital content and interactive elements, such as The Key, an app that will enable visitors to post personalized messages on the screen and vote for the next song or video to be played.