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Gearing up for a busy Las Vegas weekend

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Get ready for a busier-than-usual Las Vegas weekend. Between March Madness, two motor sport events and spring break, there will be plenty of extra people moving around the valley.

"There are about 10,000 to 20,000 off-road racers that have descended on Las Vegas this weekend for the racing that will be held in Jean," said Matt Martelli with the Mint 400, an off-road event.

At Sam Boyd Stadium, an equal amount of fans are turning out for the Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam. Jim Leteer and his wife come here every year for the event from Arizona. Their favorite part of the weekend is what happens after the freestyle event.

"They'll come out and destroy millions of dollars worth of trucks afterwards just for the fans. That's why we come back every year," Leteer said.

The biggest draw this weekend, though, will be March Madness. The Las Vegas Hotel Sportsbook is standing room only since the tournament began.

"Money-wise, if we take in the whole tournament and include all the games, that's actually about 30 percent more than we take in for the Super Bowls," said the Las Vegas Hotel's Jay Kournegay.

Figures provided by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) show that in 2011 hotel and resort occupancy during the start of March Madness was just under 98 percent.

The busiest weekend that year, according to the LVCVA, was June 24 and 25, the inaugural weekend for the Electric Daisy Carnival must festival.

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