The State has produced many fine sportsman and the weather conditions are ideal for an outdoor lifestyle and participating in sports based activities. However, professional sports franchises have shied away from the State as a result of its gambling industry. However, there does appear to be a softening of people’s attitudes towards the state and it now has a side, the Vegas Golden Knights who in the National hockey league. There are also plans that the American Football team the Oakland Raiders will be re-location to Las Vegas for the start of the 2019 season.
While the major professional franchises have kept away other sports have flourished in the Nevada location. The MGM Grand Garden Arena has hosted numerous world championship boxing matches. The arena has been sold out as the excitement for fans of seeing favorite boxers fight in a world championship bout, has virtually doubled with the thought that it would be taking place in Las Vegas. Many of the great fighters has competed in Las Vegas. Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton have all fought in the city, but none of them can match the record of Nevada’s very own Floyd Mayweather Jr.
The man who resides in Las Vegas and is still unbeaten in 50 fights and has had many a stirring contest in the city. His record includes winning belts in 5 different weight classes and was ranked by ESPN in 2016 of being the best world pound for pound fighter in the last 25 years. With the promise of American Football arriving in the State it is reassuring that the region has a hot bed of fans. This is revealed by the standard of College sport found in the area. The Nevada Wolf Pack, from the University of Nevada in Reno, and the UNLV Rebels representing the University of Nevada in Las Vegas both play in the Mountain West Conference with home attendances over 20,000.
Another sport that is well supported in the State is Rugby 7’s. The Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas hosts each year the USA leg of the World Sevens. Sixteen national sides compete over the two day tournament which attracts over 64,000 fans. It is the largest rugby tournament that is held on American soil. When the Raiders arrive in Las Vegas they will not play at the Sam Boyd Stadium. A new stadium is currently under construction and it is believed that the state of the art complex will be called the Las Vegas Stadium.
Last Vegas is also home to some of the most unique road races. Races are popular as the hot weather tests the runner’s stamina to the limit. One of the most popular is the Death Valley marathon which acts as a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon. The idea of running a race in one of the most hostile environments on earth is a major pull factor and the race is always sold out. It is always held in a time of the year when temperatures are not that hot, and it gives the runners a unique experience of running below sea level while being surrounded by vast mountains.
Rodeo is another popular sport that is found in the State. Each year the National Finals Rodeo are held in the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. Fifteen of the top cowboy riders qualify for the finals from qualifying rodeos and ride off to win the world title. The same venue hosts the Professional Bull Riders World championships. This time the riders ride off, not on a horse but on the back of a bull. As tourism has flourished in the Las Vegas area so has the number of golf courses. The 50 golf course act as specks of green oasis in the surrounding desert. The highlight of golf in the State in 2018, will be when the PGA tour comes to the Montreux Golf and Country Club in Reno in August, for the 3,400,000 dollar Barracuda Championship. Sport is popular in the state and with the recent positive attitudes from professional franchises, more teams will be keen to relocate into the region.