Bullhead City and Laughlin are partnering to promote and host their first senior games. Anyone 50 years of age or more is invited to compete in any of 16 athletic and gaming events that are offered the first year.
Recreation Supervisor Katie Paul said some of the competitive events include poker and blackjack, as well as bowling, swimming and golf. She said prospective participants, or interested vendors and event volunteers, can learn more online (www.seniorgames.co) or through a phone call (855-924-6882 or 928-763-9400).
Bullhead City Manager Toby Cotter said it is hoped that the Senior Games become another signature event, bringing people and economic activity to the community. It was noted that the Huntsman Games draw 12,000 competitors each year to nearby St. George, Utah.
Cotter said the first local senior games will be somewhat experimental, but that organizers are dedicating themselves to growing the event substantially.
“Our goal is to have 10,000 participating athletes by year three of the Bullhead City/Laughlin Senior Games. “We know we can accommodate this event and I predict it will become the largest Senior Games in America.”
Cotter said Laughlin casinos plan to offer hotel room rates as low as $18 as the games are being strategically scheduled in January, a slow time of year for the gaming community. The games will stretch over a one week period between the 19th and 26th of January.