Major Professional Sports Teams in Las Vegas
Sports fans rejoice! Las Vegas is home to not just one professional sports team, but three! The NHL became the first of three professional sports teams in Las Vegas in October 2017. It only got better from there! Las Vegas proudly hosts the Vegas Golden Knights and the Las Vegas Aces. In 2020, we will welcome the Las Vegas Raiders to their new home in Sin City!
Vegas Golden Knights
The team’s first home game was played on October 10, 2017, against the Arizona Coyotes at the T-Mobile Arena. The Vegas Golden Knights first season was remarkable but sadly ended with a Stanley Cup Finals loss against the Capitals.
Their second season is off to a stellar start. In February 2019, the Vegas Golden Knights acquired Mark Stone from the Ottawa Senators. It’s shaping up to be another exciting season in one of the hottest cities.
Las Vegas Raiders
In March of 2017, NFL owners voted to approve the move of the Oakland Raiders to their new home right here in Las Vegas. For now, they’ll continue to play at the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland until the Las Vegas Stadium is complete. They are expected to begin in 2020 season in Las Vegas.
The Las Vegas Stadium will host 65,000 guests for NFL games and will also be home to the UNLV Rebels football program. Fans will also attend the Las Vegas Bowl at the Las Vegas Stadium once it’s opened.
Even better yet, the 2020 NFL Draft will be held in Las Vegas from April 23-25. It’s only a matter of time before Las Vegas is home to a Super Bowl.
WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces
The Las Vegas Aces, previously the San Antonio Stars, moved to Las Vegas before the 2018 season. From 1997-2002 the ream called Utah home as were known as the Utah Starzz.
The Las Vegas Aces currently plays at the Mandalay Bay Events Center and are a part of the WNBA’s Western Conference. They are one of only four teams not to share their city with an existing NBA team. The Aces are currently one of the freshest, most exciting teams in the league and postseason hopes are high!
Minor Professional Sports Teams in Las Vegas
In Las Vegas, even our minor professional sports team attract some major crowds. Locals and visitors have a lot to look forward to in the coming seasons. These minor teams are proving that professional sports play a major role in what we love about Las Vegas.
Las Vegas Lights FC
The Las Vegas Lights FC play at Cashman Field in downtown Las Vegas. The new professional soccer team was officially announced in August 2017 as part of the United Soccer League. Their first game sold 10,387 tickets, selling out Cashman Field.
The team has two llama mascots, named Dolly and Dotty. They along with the team, have developed a loyal fan base in Las Vegas. Their head coach is Eric Wynalda. Coach Wynalda is pictured giving Dolly a kiss for Valentine’s Day. We hear it’s good luck for the season!
Las Vegas Aviators
Formerly known as the Las Vegas 51s, the Las Vegas Aces call the Las Vegas Ballpark in Summerlin home. in 2017, the Mets announced that they were ending their Triple-A affiliation with the 51s. The team signed with the Oakland Athletics and the team changes their name to the Las Vegas Aviators.
The brand new Las Vegas Ballpark, located in Summerlin, will be completed prior to the beginning of the 2019 season. The 10,000-seat ballpark will include 22 suites and center field pool. The home opener is April 9 and the Aviators will host the Sacramento River Cars.
Sports in Las Vegas
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