Prior to the Los Angeles Chargers taking on the San Francisco 49ers at SoFi Stadium, the hotspot for pregame festivities was Hollywood Park Casino’s parking garage rooftop. The event, organized and hosted by ‘Fan Fest Vegas’, was not only a chance for football fans to party before the game, but fans also had the opportunity to meet and mingle with a handful of retired, legendary athletes such as Jamie Williams, Wes Chandler, Harold Jackson, Willie Gault, Bob Golic, and A.C. Green. Los Angeles City Councilman Curren Price was also in attendance.
Bert Tabor, the founder of ‘Fan Fest Vegas’, has organized a unit of former athletes and current entrepreneurs to support his initiative of bringing sports fans together by hosting events, tailgate parties, festivals, fan mixers, and meet and greets. Tabor, who’s also known as ‘Mr. Las Vegas’ got his start in the 1980s, booking Monday night football parties with retired professional players.
Also in attendance were multiple local Inglewood food vendors, and Councilman Price spoke briefly about the significance of these local businesses and the economic opportunities that are rising in Inglewood. “This is a unique window for us. If you’re in business, going into business, thinking about business, or want to support businesses, this is the place to be. We’re happy to join with Bert as we kick off this fan fest and really create an atmosphere to collaborate and encourage small businesses in ways that we have not done before,” said Price.
The city of Inglewood also has a staunch supporter in Bert Tabor. Tabor approached the stage and spoke passionately to the dialed-in audience, “This is your city, not outsiders. If you want to do business in Inglewood, you work with Black men and women, you work with Hispanics, don’t let these corporations come in here and take your money.”