Las Vegas Sports
Las Vegas sports know no season. Someone here is running a race, shooting a basket or winging a curveball virtually every week of the year.
Among the big league associations with regular events here: NASCAR, the NBA, the PGA Tour, Major League Baseball and the Professional Bull Riders. Las Vegas is even a hot spot for AAA Baseball. more...Our first foray into big-time sports, though, was the Sweet Science. By the late '60s and early '70s, Las Vegas was renowned as the boxing capital of the world. Muhammed Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard and Mike Tyson all etched their legends in stone here. And we're still the No. 1 contender for high-profile fights.Don't count out other sports, though. Las Vegas baseball has really come into its own here. Major League Baseball gets ready for opening day every year with Big League Weekend, a showcase featuring four major league teams in exhibition play, just days before the regular season begins.Las Vegas gets its regular baseball fix through the Las Vegas 51s. A perennial contender in the Pacific Coast League, the 51s sport a strong local following, with locals and tourists alike making the near-nightly trip to Cashman Field, just on the north end of the Strip.
Rodeo has become a big hit near the Strip, too. The National Finals Rodeo lassoes the heart of this Southwestern town every December at the Thomas & Mack Center. In October, the Professional Bull Riders hold their World Finals at the same venue. Vegas is an annual pit stop for the NASCAR Sprint Cup, held at the expansive Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The NBA Summer Pro League has become a hot summer ticket at the Thomas & Mack. And you can even catch a preseason NBA game or sit rinkside at the NHL's Frozen Fury event once a year. If you're more of a college sports fan, there's plenty to choose from, too. Las Vegas showcases the Mountain West Conference Basketball Tournament, as well as the nationally televised Las Vegas Bowl. And the Reebok Big Time tournament, held in Vegas every summer, gives high school basketball players from across the country a chance to demonstrate their skills to college scouts.Las Vegas is rightly known as a town that knows how to party. But it may well be one of America's great sports towns, too.
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