In only a couple of years Las Vegas has become a major sports city.
We mean that both ways: A MAJOR SPORTS city and a MAJOR sports city. And it’s awesome.
For the last several years the National Basketball Association has made Las Vegas home to its summer league program. The games tend to showcase young and upcoming talent, and those players who aren’t always in the starting lineup come the season.
But that’s okay, because that’s what make it so fun. These are guys taking chances on the court, who want to make a difference. The games are fun and the entertainment factor is high.
Today, those games are only part of a growing professional sports scene in the Las Vegas Valley.
Last year saw the approval of the relocation of the NFL’s Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas.
The Raiders will bring with them a tremendously loyal fanbase from both southern and northern California.
The team’s presence will also create a new, local fan community that will no doubt quickly take over the area.
It doesn’t hurt that the Raiders are currently fielding their best team in years. (Get Well Soon Derek!)
And of course we have the Golden Knights, the newest franchise in the National Hockey League. As of this writing, the team is undefeated at 3-0.
The home opener saw the team defeat the Arizona Coyotes 5-2 after a stirring tribute to those who were hurt or killed in the Las Vegas mass shooting incident. It was an incredible moment that helped show just how strong the link is between community and sports.
In times like this, common causes bring people together, and create positive moments to remember. It was a classy, respectful demonstration of sportsmanship and togetherness.
This week news broke of yet another sports franchise increasing its presence in the Las Vegas Valley.
Summerlin developer Howard Hughes Corp. announced they would build a new stadium for the Las Vegas 51s minor league baseball team in the western edge of the valley.
Like everything in Vegas, the stadium will move quickly.
Construction will start in 2018 and be ready for the following year’s season. It will hold 10,000 seats and be located in Downtown Summerlin, providing thousands of residents with easy access and a terrific family entertainment venue.
Despite recent events, it’s a great time to live in Las Vegas.