Lifestyle: The Sports Fan
So you're an armchair quarterback and you never miss an episode of SportsCenter? You live, breathe and eat sports all year long? Well, let us give you a few tips on how you can enjoy Vegas without missing a minute of the action in the sports world.
Q: Are there any major sporting events held in Vegas?
A: You've come to the right place. Vegas is considered the boxing capital of the world because of the number of high-profile fights that take place here. If rodeo is your thing, the world's most prestigious rodeo event: The National Finals Rodeo takes place at the Thomas & Mack Center every December. Another event for rodeo fans is the Professional Bull Riders World Finals, held here every October. Vegas also is a regular stop for the NASCAR Nextel Cup stock car series and the PGA Tour, and you can even catch a preseason NBA game or sit rinkside at the NHL's Frozen Fury event once a year. In addition, several sports teams have made Las Vegas their home, including the Las Vegas 51s (the Los Angeles Dodgers' AAA affiliate) and the Las Vegas Wranglers East Coast League hockey team. If college sports are more your thing, the city of Las Vegas showcases the Mountain West Conference as well as the 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.
Q: Where is a good place to watch sports on TV and grab a cocktail and a bite to eat?
A: When it comes to sports bars, Blondies is a good choice. If you want to do a little betting, you can watch sports in any of the sports books in town, and many have eateries located nearby. For example, The Sporting House is a large sports-themed bar and restaurant with 130 televisions next to the New York - New York sports book.
Lagasse's Stadium at the Palazzo is a sports viewing mecca with stadium style seating, plush couches and more than 80 strategically placed television screens. It also offers a tasty menu designed by Emeril Lagasse and a full bar. If you have trouble staying in one place, you will be thrilled with the Pocketcasino, a gaming device available at Palazzo that allows you to place bets in designated areas throughout the hotel. The Tropicana also offers mobile betting with its handheld eDeck mobile device, where you can place prop bets from almost anywhere in the casino.
Q: Where can I get into the game myself? Is there anywhere to play sports in Vegas?
A: If you feel the need for speed, we can hook you up with one of our tours where you can drive a race car or check out Pole Position Raceway where you can race karts in their indoor state-of-the-art facility. If skydiving is your thing, but you don't want to actually jump out of a plane, try Vegas Indoor Skydiving. Vegas also has several bowling alleys in some of the hotels.
Check out our golf course guide if you want to hit the links.
Q: Where are the best sports books in town?
A: You want sports books? We've got plenty of them! A couple of the favorites in town are at LVH - Las Vegas Hotel & Casino and the Wynn. Two others that can be found at the top of the list are Mandalay Bay and Caesars. The MGM Grand's sports book features skyboxes that range from 300 to 325 square feet and can fit eight to 10 guests. They are each equipped with plasma TVs, CD systems and surround-sound audio. It gives sports fans a vantage point unlike anywhere else -- a luxury box feel and elevated view of all the action. If you still haven't found exactly what you're looking for, take a look at our list of sports books in town to find something that suits your needs.