Spectator Sports

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!

Teams

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. milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t400

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. lvms.com

NASCAR race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway

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). nfrexperience.com

Las Vegas Bowl - The Maaco Bowl Las Vegas

This bowl is an NCAA-sanctioned Division I-A (FBS) 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. lvbowl.com

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. lvol.com/lvlc/cashman.html

MGM Grand Garden Arena

This facility is located in the MGM Grand in Las Vegas with a seating capacity of 17,157 people. mgmgrand.com/entertainment/grand-garden-arena.aspx

Mandalay Bay Events Center

The indoor arena seats 12,000 and is part of the Mandalay Bay Resort.mandalaybay.com/entertainment/events-center/

Orleans Arena

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. orleansarena.com