Las Vegas Raiders Preview Center

The Las Vegas Raiders have opened a preview center at the Town Square Mall to give fans a look at the coming stadium which broke ground in November at a 62 acres site on Russell Road west of Interstate 15 with a 2020 planned opening date. Fans who visit the preview center will see things such as a large photo and quote from legendary Raiders owner Al Davis on one of the pillars. If you are one of the fans that paid the $100 deposit for a personal sear license you can also book appointments to find out more information …

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NFR Practice Arena

The Plaza in downtown Las Vegas is hosting a practice arena and stalls for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo which are going on at the present time over at the Thomas & Mack Center for $10 million in prize money. Everyday between now and  December 16th from 9 am to 4 pm they have team roping practice with grade A and B steers. The Plaza is also having live NFR viewing parties as well as food and drink specials especially for the rodeo as well as offering a free shuttle service.

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Rodeo Finals Start Today

You might notice a lot of cowboy hats around Las Vegas today as the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo returns to the Thomas & Mack and runs through December 16th. The event features the top 15 contestants in rodeo events such bull riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling, team roping and tie down roping. The rodeo finals should have an attendance of approximately 170,000 over its ten day run. Because of the huge crowds in town for the rodeo finals the entertainment often is changed during the duration so expect a lot of big name country stars performing around town.

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Las Vegas Adds WNBA Team

The Las Vegas Knights NHL expansion team recently had its first home game in the city, now comes news that Las Vegas will have a second professional sports team with the WNBA San Antonio Stars moving to Las Vegas; The Women’s professional basketball team has been purchased by MGM Resorts International which hasn’t announced yet where they will play although the new T Mobile Arena owned by MGM seems the most likely. 

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Still Time For Basketball

If you haven’t yet checked out the NBA Summer League games at the Cox Pavilion at the Thomas & Mack Center you still have time as the games run through July 17th. The Summer League showcases many of the young talent of the NBA such as Lonzo Ball of the Lakers with all day tickets for the games starting at $30 plus the usual taxes and fees.

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NBA Summer League 2017

Professional basketball returns to Las Vegas again as the NBA Summer League heads in to town for another ten days at the Thomas & Mack Center. The event runs from July 7th to the 17th and features the young new talent of the NBA as well as some of the NBA’s current stars. The teams compete in a tournament format and a champion will be crowned at the end, so if you are looking for something a little different this summer you might want to check it out.

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Mike Tyson Appearance Today

Tristar Sports & Celebrity Memorabilia in the Miracle Mile Shops is known for its huge collection of autographed sports and celebrity memorabilia as the name suggests that is available for purchase. The store often has celebrity appearances where the celebrities will sign their autograph for customers for a fee between certain hours scheduled times. One sports figure who often makes appearances at the store is controversial boxing great Mike Tyson. If you want to meet him or have him sign an autograph for money he will be at the store today between 1:30 and 3:00 pm. The next two Fridays …

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Meet Emmitt Smith Today

Tristar Sports & Celebrity Memorabilia in the Miracle Mile Shops located next to Planet Hollywood often has sports celebrities show up for appearances and signing autographs for customers for a fee. Today between 2 and 3pm you have a chance to meet Dallas Cowboys great Emmitt Smith. Later this month 49ers great Joe Montana will also appear on Friday April 21st between 3:30 and 4:30pm. The store is located at suite 236 in the mall and if you need more information call (702) 534-1650.

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Another Sports Book Upgraded

Recently we have seen several Las Vegas sports books get upgrades with new televisions and updated technology such as at the Westgate’s large sports book. The latest sports book to be updated is the one at the off strip Boulder Station were the old hand written signage is being replaced with the more modern video screens. Station Casinos has announced that Green Valley Ranch will also get made over and modernized after Boulder Station with their properties Palace, Sunset and Santa Fe after that. As sports books have to complete with things such as portable sports betting terminals they need …

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Less Choice For Golf

If you are heading to Las Vegas in the near future for a golf trip you have a few less options to play as a couple of courses are closed for the annual reseeding of the course. The courses are the Cascata course which will reopen on September 14th and the popular Rio Secco course which is set to remain closed until September 20th. The new buyers of the Silverstone Golf Course closed that course and, announced they have no interest in running the money losing property as a golf course and it was strictly a land deal. The Silverstone …

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Rugby Sevens Signs Deal

It has been announced that the yearly Las Vegas USA Sevens Rugby Tournament is to remain in Las Vegas for at least four more years with the signing of a new deal. The event held at Sam Boyd Stadium features international teams in a quicker paced format and with less players on the field than standard rugby there is a lot more open field so players move down the field quicker. I used to watch the USA Sevens when it was at its previous home at the Carson Center in Southern California and it was always a fun event to …

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Tennis At Bally’s

You can actually play tennis on the Las Vegas Strip if you need to hit some balls and take a break from all the hectic Las Vegas fun at Bally’s. The eight championship tennis courts are open twenty four hours a day seven days a week so plenty of time to hit the court and play with some balls [don’t go there this is mostly a family friendly blog]. In Las Vegas it often gets really hot so i would avoid the mid day sun unless you are a mad dog or Englishman because according to the quote they like that …

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Wranglers Ice Hockey Folds

The owner of the ECHL franchise Las Vegas Wranglers has announced that the not return after failing to find a replacement home for the new season. For many years the minor league ice hockey team played at the Orleans Arena until in 2013 the owners Boyd Gaming announced they would no renew their lease after the 2013 to 2014 season. The Wranglers then began the search for a new home and it looked like they might have a deal to erect tent on the rooftop of the parking garage at the Plaza downtown, but that was canceled due to the …

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Wranglers Concert Series

There has been a lot of press recent about the Las Vegas Wranglers the minor league hockey team in town who plays at the Orleans Arena. The team is losing its home at the Orleans Arena after this season and the teams status was up in the air until a deal to build at new stadium on the roof of a parking structure at the Plaza in Downtown Las Vegas was announced for next season. The deal with minor league teams in general is you don’t get the big name talent but you get inexpensive by sports standard tickets and …

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Wranglers To Head Downtown

In recent weeks lots of Las Vegas press has centered around sports events in Las Vegas and whether long time sports events would stay in Las Vegas, first about the Rodeo which after back and forth decided to stay in Las Vegas instead of moving to an arena in Florida; The other sporting event that has been discussed is hockey and the hometown Las Vegas Wrangler’s team which has lost its long time home at the Orleans Arena. The team has announced that they have a new home which will be at a 3,500 seat arena to be built at …

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