The New Sports Capital: Las Vegas
Vegas has always been a sporting town, but now it’s getting downright athletic. Exhibit A is T-Mobile Arena, home to the National Hockey League’s Golden Knights, whose Cinderella appearance in the Stanley Cup finals last year unleashed a city-wide frenzy.
The success of the new team has given a jolt of energy to the surrounding neighborhood. A plaza between the arena and the Strip, the Park offers five acres of trees, fountains, and sculptures, plus casual eateries and free musical performances on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
And there are plenty of other sports of the athletic variety around town. In April 2019, baseball’s minor-league Las Vegas Aviators start playing at a new home stadium in Summerlin. The United Soccer League’s Las Vegas Lights FC play at Cashman Field. Hoops fans can catch the 2019 WNBA All-Star game on July 27 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.
If you’re really planning ahead, look for pro football’s Raiders to move from Oakland, CA, to Vegas in 2020. Says Bill Bradley, sports editor for the Las Vegas Review-Journal, “I don’t know of any other city with such a burst of new teams, stadiums, and fan fever.”