|Las Vegas has proven to be the best place to hold Champion's Week and it should stay put. (Getty Images)|
When it comes to possibly moving NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series Awards Ceremony from Las Vegas to Charlotte, N.C., two words spring to mind: Absolutely not.
There is no reason to move Champion's Week out of Las Vegas, where it has found a good home since NASCAR vacated New York a few years ago.
One of the sanctioning body's main criteria for taking the event out of the Big Apple was to incorporate more fan-oriented activities.
While New York had its place and helped the sport grow when the banquet first was held at the Waldorf Astoria in 1982, the event reached its expiration date. The spotlight brought NASCAR into the mainstream and as more and more Fortune 500 companies began to use the sport as a marketing tool it made sense to have the ceremony in its own back yard.
But the bloom had faded from the rose and even the major media attention NASCAR generated in NYC began to fade, so it was time for a change. In order to fold in more fan-friendly options, a new home was needed and Las Vegas came calling. It's been a perfect fit, providing the right setting for nearly a week's worth of interactive opportunities for fans to get up close and personal with their favorite stars.
Taking the show to Charlotte does nothing to make the event more special. There are more than enough opportunities for NASCAR to be in the spotlight in its de facto North Carolina home base throughout the year with three race weekends at Charlotte Motor Speedway. There also are two off-season events already on the calendar in the area: Acceleration Weekend and the Hall of Fame induction ceremony. A week's worth of activities in late November-early December would only cannibalize those events.
Las Vegas has proven to be the best place to hold Champion's Week and it should stay put.