Las Vegas advertises itself as an entertainment metropolis, but it has no professional sports teams. Nevertheless, sporting events take place that attract thousands of fans.
The MGM Grand (tel: (702) 891 77 77. Internet: www.mgmgrand.com) has become the most popular venue for boxing competitions, and the UNLV Rebels football team (Internet: www.unlvrebels.com) from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (tel: (702) 895 86 58) is the local favorite from the particularly popular College Football League (NCAA).
The T-Mobile Arena on the corner of Las Vegas Boulevard (Strip) and Frank Sinatra Drive is new. It hosts concerts and sporting events such as boxing matches and hockey games.
In Las Vegas there are also various opportunities for active sports. Since the city and region are popular travel destinations, there are countless golf courses. The huge hotel casino complexes have excellent fitness facilities that are as luxurious and lavishly equipped as their restaurants and bars, but sometimes they are reserved exclusively for hotel guests due to their popularity.
Tickets for sporting events can be bought through the doorman of most major hotels, including MGM Grand, Four Seasons and Bellagio. Visitors should order their tickets as early as possible because most events sell out quickly, especially at the peak of each sporting season.
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Most Las Vegas hotels have fitness facilities. The Mirage’s facilities and wellness treatments (tel: (702) 791 71 11. Internet: www.mirage.com) include steam baths, whirlpools, weights, fitness equipment, swimming pool, massages and history treatments .
The Caesar’s Palace (Tel: (702) 731 71 10. Internet: www.caesarspalace.com) is equipped with steam baths, saunas, whirlpools, climbing walls, weights, fitness equipment and a swimming pool, offers yoga classes and massage therapy.
With an average of 320 days of sunshine a year, it’s no wonder golf has become so popular in Las Vegas.
The Callaway Golf Center, Las Vegas Boulevard, at the corner of Sunset Road (Tel: (702) 896 41 00. Internet: www.callawaygolfcenter.com) , is located on the Strip and has a 9-hole course.
The Angel Park Golf Club, 100 Rampart Boulevard South (Tel: (702) 254 46 53. Internet: www.angelpark.com) , has three separate golf courses, one 9-hole and two 18-hole courses.
Both clubs are also open to the public.
There is no shortage of tennis courts in Las Vegas – many of the larger hotels have their own courts. In some cases, use is free or a small fee is charged.
The tennis courts of the Riviera Hotel and Casino, 2901 Las Vegas Boulevard South (Tel: (702) 734 51 10. Internet: www.rivierahotel.com) can be used by guests free of charge, otherwise a nominal fee is required.
The MGM Grand, 3799 Las Vegas Boulevard South (Tel: (702) 891 3085. Internet: www.mgmgrand.com) , is available between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.