Southern Nevada Reigns as a Preeminent Sport Destination of the World
LAS VEGAS - Fall in Las Vegas is a marquee time for sports fans. Visitors to the destination can pack their itinerary with NCAA basketball to championship boxing or professional tennis to rodeo with a diverse line-up of almost 20 live sporting events taking place before the end of the year.
"Las Vegas is a destination that appeals to the casual or avid sports fan," said Julian Dugas, director of sports marketing for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA). "One can literally be here for a week and experience the very best of boxing, football, tennis, golf and more. For a sports fan, Las Vegas is overtime guaranteed."
The University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) Runnin' Rebels open their season Nov. 12 at the Thomas & Mack against the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks. UNLV is ranked 18th in the country by the Associated Press.
The 12th Annual Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational returns to the Orleans Arena Nov. 23-24. This year's field includes University of Arkansas, Creighton University, Arizona State, University of Wisconsin, Cornell, Florida A&M, Longwood and Presbyterian. In December, the tournament returns for the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic 2012 Dec. 22-23. The hardwood action is set to include Virginia Tech, Bradley, Colorado State, Portland, Georgia Southern, Mississippi Valley, North Florida and California State University Bakersfield.
The South Point Arena plays host to Division I women's basketball as Arizona State University, North Carolina State University, University of Florida and the University of Northern Iowa square off for the South Point Thanksgiving Shootout Nov. 23-25. On the men's basketball front, South Point Arena will host three tournaments in December. The Great Western Shootout will take place Dec. 18-19, the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic will be Dec. 19-21, and the D3Hoops.com Classic can be seen Dec. 28-30.
The MAACO Bowl Las Vegas returns to Sam Boyd Stadium Saturday, Dec. 22. The 21st annual MAACO Bowl Las Vegas will be televised nationally on ESPN and features the top choice from the Mountain West Conference against the fifth pick from the Pac-12 Conference. Tickets to the game are now on sale and can be purchased at http://www.lvbowl.com/.
KLAS' "8 News Now" will be serving up world-class professional tennis as they present the Cancer Treatment Centers of America Championships. Tennis greats Andre Agassi, Michael Chang, Jim Courier and John McEnroe will square off during this charity event Saturday, Nov. 17 at Mandalay Bay.
For the fourth consecutive year, the Sprint Cup Series' NASCAR 2012 Champion's Week returns to Las Vegas Nov. 27-30. The star-studded, entertainment-filled celebration honoring the series champion and NASCAR fans will culminate with the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Awards at Wynn Las Vegas. This year's awards will take place Friday, Nov. 30 with SPEED, Motor Racing Network and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio providing live coverage beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
Endurocross, the off-road motorcycle race held entirely indoors, returns to the Orleans Arena Nov. 17. Incorporating various elements of off-road riding, the obstacles include boulders, rock fields, poles, sand, jumps and water sections similar to the most difficult sections found in off-road events.
The Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge, the only professional golf competition that pits the PGA TOUR against the Champions Tour versus the LPGA in a team match play competition, will tee off at Caesars Entertainment's Rio Secco and Cascata golf courses Nov. 9-13. The tournament benefits the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.
BOWLING and BOXING
South Point Bowling Center is host to the fourth annual Professional Bowlers Association World Series of Bowling through Nov. 11, with finals airing on ESPN. Admission to all sessions is free.
HBO's "Boxing After Dark" will broadcast live from Wynn Las Vegas on Nov. 10 as undefeated Vanes Martirosyan goes up against top contender Erislandy Lara in a 12-round welterweight title elimination bout.
The 37th annual Indian National Finals Rodeo is taking place at the South Point Equestrian Center through Nov. 10.
The 2012 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) swaggers through the destination Dec. 6 -15 at the Thomas & Mack Center with various special events such as concerts and interactive fan experiences taking place throughout the destination. For a complete listing of NFR events, visit http://www.prorodeo.com/series_home.aspx.
MMA and UFC
Tuff-N-Uff presents FEASTIBRAWL, a pre-Thanksgiving amateur title championship, Nov. 21 at the South Point Arena.
Fan favorites Leonard Garcia and Cody McKenzie are set to scrap in a year-end bout Dec. 29 at UFC 155 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Experience the iconic Las Vegas Strip like never before at the Strip at Night marathon. Presented by Rock ‘n' Roll Marathon Series, the night run hits the streets Dec. 2 with the full marathon starting at 3 p.m. and the half marathon keeping pace at 4:30 p.m. To register, visit http://stripatnight.com/index.html.
The rodeo event known as heading and heeling takes over the South Point Equestrian Center for the Priefert World Series of Team Roping Dec. 9-15.
Blenheim Equisports presents The Las Vegas National at the South Point Equestrian Center Nov. 15-17. Admission is free to all events including the $32,000 Markel Insurance Jumper Classic Nov. 15, the $30,000 EQU Lifestyle Speed Classic Nov. 16 and the $50,000 Fisker Automotive World Cup Grand Prix, Nov. 17.
HOCKEY and SOCCER
Check out the hometown hockey team, the Las Vegas Wranglers at the Orleans Arena. The season starts Nov. 7 and runs through March 29, 2013.
Sharing the versatile arena, the Las Vegas Legends soccer team kicks off their season Dec. 6.
Journalists and news organizations can access hi-resolution photos and HD video of current Las Vegas events on our media center at www.thenewsmarket.com/LVCVA.
To book an upcoming trip to Las Vegas, visit http://www.lasvegas.com/.