The entertainment capital of the world is fast becoming a revolutionary sports destination, and with the addition of T-Mobile Arena, plus a new Raiders stadium being built, for a city that did not have a professional sports franchise until 2017, it has quickly evolved into the best sports town in America. Between hockey, football, women’s basketball, and even professional soccer, this is precisely why Las Vegas is becoming a sports living destination.
The Vegas Golden Knights played their first regular season game on October 6, 2017, and finished their inaugural season with a 51-24 win-loss record. They are the first North American expansion team in 50 years to make it all the way to the Stanley Cup. This team lifted the spirits of locals and outside fans alike in the wake of the Route 91 shooting that occurred on October 1st, 2017.
The Las Vegas Lights began their inaugural year with an 8-7-19 record in the team’s 2018 United Soccer League season. Their 9,334 seat capacity arena gets an average attendance of 6,786 per game and ranks seventh in the 33-team USL.
The Las Vegas Aces are a part of the Western Conference in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Aces exceeded expectations in Las Vegas with a 14-20 record in their 2018 inaugural season and they play their home games at Mandalay Bay. Additionally, Las Vegas is also home to NBA Summer League as well, and could potentially host their own NBA team in the future.
Vegas will have a new football team in 2020 as well as a new state-of-the-art facility that is on the way. Based on the massive support that Vegas Golden Knight fans have generously given to the team, the Raiders are aimed at having the same kind of support.
UFC recently opened its new performance institute and corporate headquarters in southwest Las Vegas, creating a dazzling office space for executives and fighters.
Also using T-Mobile arena for major fight events, the UFC attracts attendees worldwide and features the highest performing MMA athletes.
In addition to the above, Las Vegas also hosts the Pennzoil 400 NASCAR Cup Series stock car race held annually at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Las Vegas also plays home to the 51s minor league baseball team, and with over 70+ golf courses around the Valley, Vegas hosts multiple PGA tournaments throughout the year. And people wonder why Las Vegas is becoming a sports living destination– it’s not just slot machines, casinos, and shows anymore!