Lighting Up Vegas With The Buzz of EDC Entertainment  

MOB Traffic makes it easy for EDC “owls” to park and play all night.  

For three days every year, the Las Vegas Motor Speedway becomes the home of Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) Vegas — a collection of nine arenas filled with interactive art installations, carnival rides, drone shows, and epic DJ experiences. More than 525,000 attendees from all walks of life gather together to celebrate electronic music, with more than 170,000 in attendance every day. 

These aren’t standard days, either. The EDC opening ceremonies began at 5 p.m. on Friday, with the full grounds open from 7 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. every event night. It’s not uncommon for tickets to sell out. During the off hours, thousands of attendees reside in the neighboring Camp EDC, with festival traffic arriving as early as 2 p.m. on any given day. 

“This was the first year we were awarded the entire EDC Vegas contract, which included all traffic control, flagging, and ride share staff,” says Paul Ames, special events manager for Masters of Barricades (MOB Traffic). “We had previously worked with the EDC in a supporting capacity, providing minimal staff to assist with the show dates. So this was a huge deal.”

To oversee the management of an event of this magnitude, MOB Traffic devised a 24-hour traffic management plan split into two shifts. The plan included onsite traffic technician coverage 20 hours per day, plus an additional crew of 40 flaggers and 34 ride share attendants. 

“We also provided two command post reps for each shift and an additional 11 staff supervisors to ensure everything was seamless, start to finish,” said Ames. “What was especially unique about working at the command post was the amount of camera coverage at the event. We could watch how calls went out and see our team spring into action to fix any problem in real time.”

The area covered by the event was immense, significantly larger than the Las Vegas Motor Speedway itself. In addition to managing traffic and pedestrians that included attendees, campers, and staff, MOB Traffic assisted in dividing Las Vegas Boulevard into four inbound lanes for ingress and one outbound lane at the start of each evening and then swapping out the traffic plan to outbound lanes and one inbound lane in the early morning. 

“One of the ways we helped mitigate the traffic flow was restriping the Las Vegas Speedway off ramp to allow for an additional lane, giving us three lanes off the freeway instead of two,” said Ames. “The only real challenge was finding time to sleep, so I set up a camper onsite to serve as another command post for flaggers and ride share attendants, which also served as a nap location.”

In addition to managing staff, MOB Traffic was responsible for all traffic control equipment, including more than 6,000 delineators, 2,000 28-inch cones, 250 signs and barricades, 64 message boards, and 40 light towers. While much of the equipment was static during the event, the plan required everything to work in two directions, depending on the shift and traffic needs. 

“Traffic management is often the first and last impression of any event,” says Ames. “If you don’t do it right, the public will let you know immediately — often on social media.”

Many Las Vegas Motor Speedway events have faced such a challenge, with attendees praising the event but lamenting that it takes forever to park and leave. MOB Traffic successfully mitigated traffic issues, which are especially high between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m. when attendees arrive and again from 4 a.m. until 11 a.m. when they depart. 

The Nevada Department of Transportation also assisted with traffic mitigation, pausing many road work projects for the weekend. Combined efforts, along with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, minimized traffic issues. Most news outlets reported some delays for a few hours, but not traffic jams like those experienced in prior years. 

 “This was the first year we could see the entire scope of pedestrian and vehicle traffic related to the event and how everything was laid out,” said Ames. “Insomniac did a great job designing and maintaining access lanes to the entire Las Vegas Motor Speedway complex, and they were wonderful to work with during an incredible event.”

Ames said there are always going to be some delays when you have a mass exodus of 170,000 people leaving an area. However, with proper traffic management, MOB Traffic did its part to ensure people were patient and approached any challenges with a positive mindset. This was the first year some news outlets reported the last day of EDC traffic was slow at times but orderly.

Next year, EDC will return to Las Vegas May 16-18, 2025. Future tickets are already on sale, with three-day passes starting at just over $500. The event organizer, Insomniac, allows attendees to secure tickets for as little as $5 down, with layaway payments starting as late as July. Attendees can also customize their experience with add-ons like bottle service, private lockers, and even wedding packages. 

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