Did you know that Las Vegas has a team for almost every sport? From baseball to basketball, football, ice hockey and soccer, there’s plenty for residents to enjoy year around. Interestingly, Vegas is often referred to as "The Mecca of boxing", a distinction it shares with New York’s Madison Square Garden. Without further adieu, let’s talk sports!
Baseball - Las Vegas 51s
Formerly known as the Las Vegas Stars, the Las Vegas 51s are a minor league baseball team that competes in the Pacific Coast League. Owned by Stevens Baseball Group, they play at Cashman Field in downtown Las Vegas.
Professional Hockey - Las Vegas Wranglers
This minor league ice hockey team plays in the Pacific Division of the ECHL’s National Conference. The team plays out of Orleans Arena.
Indoor Football - Las Vegas Showgirlz
This women’s football team is part of the Women’s Football Alliance. The team plays their home games on the campus of Faith Lutheran Junior and Senior High School, which is nearby in Summerlin.
Sports Venues and Arenas
Motor Sports - Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS)
Also called “the Diamond in the Desert,” LVMS is one of the most respected racing complexes in the world, with 1,600 acres dedicated to road courses, a three-eighths mile oval, a dirt track and a modern drag racing facility. It’s also home to the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series, as well as Busch and Truck Series events.
Rodeo - Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR)
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2008, the NFR recorded a total event attendance of 173,975 over the course of a 10 day competition. The National Finals Rodeo, which is organized by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, is the premier championship rodeo event in the US Wrangler Jeans is the title sponsor for the 10-day event, commonly just called the National Finals or NFR (also sometimes referred to as the World Series of Rodeo and the Super Bowl of Rodeo). The NFR is held each year in the first full week of December at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV).
Las Vegas Bowl - The Maaco Bowl Las Vegas
This bowl is an NCAA-sanctioned Division I-A post-season college football bowl game that has been played annually at the 40,000-seat Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas since 1992. Since 2001, the game has featured a matchup of teams from the Pac-10 and Mountain West conferences.
Cashman Field Center
This arena is owned and operated by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. Its primary use is for baseball and it is the home field of the Las Vegas 51s minor league baseball team. Cashman Field opened in 1983 and has a maximum capacity of 9,334.
MGM Grand Garden Arena
This facility is located in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas with a seating capacity of 17,157 people.
Mandalay Bay Events Center
The indoor arena seats 12,000 and is part of the Mandalay Bay Resort.
The multipurpose arena seats 9,500 and is home to the Las Vegas Wranglers ice hockey team. Located at the Orleans Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, it is operated by Coast Casinos, a subsidiary of Boyd Gaming Corporation.