Las Vegas Sports: Where to Catch a Winning Game

By: Rebecca Frisch

October 25, 2013

Your best bet in Las Vegas may not be in the casino, or even the race and sports book. Just beyond the city’s famed resorts lies thrilling action of another sort. It’s true that sporting matches can be found on almost any TV screen you pass by in Las Vegas, but the excitement of a well-played game can also be witnessed in person, and can turn into one of the best experiences you’ll have in the city. Here are a few of our favourite Las Vegas sports…

Las Vegas Games | Las Vegas Wranglers

Wrangle up some excitement just off the Strip © David Uy/Flickr


Less than a ten-minute cab ride from the Las Vegas Strip lies Orleans Arena, a 9,500-seat event space offered by The Orleans hotel and casino. The multi-purpose venue is home to not one, but several Las Vegas sports teams with the longest running, and perhaps most well-known franchise being the Las Vegas Wranglers. The professional ice hockey team first suited up in 2003 and quickly racked up accolades, wins and records. Special themed games range from midnight matches to mullet nights. Admission begins at $18.75 (£11.75) and can be purchased online.

Orleans Arena, 4500 W Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas

Las Vegas Games | Las Vegas Legends

Las Vegas Legends you won’t soon forget © anek_s/iStock/Thinkstock


In the autumn, The Orleans begins to trade ice for turf (and vice versa) when the Las Vegas Legends, a professional arena soccer league, kick into gear. The team’s inaugural Vegas debut was in 2012 and saw a division title win by season’s end. Keep an eye out here for scheduling and ticketing, which begins at $20 (£12.50).

Orleans Arena, 4500 W Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas

Las Vegas Games | Las Vegas SinYes, it would be a sin to miss this in Sin City. © Eva Rinaldi/Flickr


The third team to call Orleans Arena home is the most sinful in Las Vegas, because that’s their name – the Las Vegas Sin. And, all you need is an eye-popping view of their uniforms to know they take their designation seriously. The all-female team play under the Legends (formerly Lingerie) Football League. And, their revealing uniforms allow them to put their best foot – or in this case, best leg, and much, much more – forward. Entry begins at $13.50 (£8.45).

Orleans Arena, 4500 W Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas

With a tagline of “˜so fabulous, it hurts,’ you can bet more fierce girl power will be on display when you take in the Sin City Rollergirls. The all-female amateur roller derby team play under the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. While the name is new, the team is not, having faced off with opponents since 2005 as the Las Vegas Neanderdolls. These ladies have yet to find a permanent home in Las Vegas so the best way to stay up-to-date and find a match is via their website. Admission is typically $15 (£9.40) at the door, but cheaper if you purchase in advance.

Various Locations

Las Vegas 51s

Take in an afternoon out at the ball park in Downtown Las Vegas © Ken Lund


Not far from Fremont Street in Downtown Vegas is Cashman Field where the Las Vegas 51s can be found at bat. The minor league baseball team, a Triple A affiliate of the New York Mets, take their name from Nevada’s infamous Area 51 and even feature an alien mascot dubbed Cosmo. Tickets start at $10 (£6.25). Make a visit here even greater value by dropping by during a $1 beer night.

Cashman Field, 850 Las Vegas Boulevard North, Las Vegas

Those are just a few ways to enjoy athleticism at its best in Vegas. There’s also the highly regarded teams of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The UNLV Rebels represent the city in more than a dozen sports, from men’s football, basketball and baseball to women’s golf, soccer and softball. And, the main campus is just a few minutes drive from the city’s airport as well as the famed Las Vegas Strip.

Written by Rebecca Frisch

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Rebecca Frisch

An award-winning journalist, Rebecca Frisch is Editor of VegasChatter, a Conde Nast Digital publication considered a must read by Vegas tourists and locals alike. Over her career, Rebecca has helmed television news shows in some of the country’s biggest markets. She has also used her extensive experience in writing, special events, and media strategy to serve as a Public Relations representative for one of the world’s largest and most respected gaming and hospitality companies. With a career that went from covering some of the nation’s hottest tourism brands to actively shaping the public persona of one, Rebecca now directs which parses the hyperbole surrounding Las Vegas to deliver insightful coverage of Sin City provided with an insider’s knowledge and a journalist’s candor.

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