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Professional Sports is Making Headlines in Las Vegas

January 31, 2018 | By John Gafford

For years, Las Vegas has been a ‘dry’ spot in professional sports. In the past couple of years, however, the city has been named the new home of several professional and minor league sports. From the NFL to the NHL, there is exciting news on the horizon for diehard sports fans.

Las Vegas—New Sports Teams Making Their Way to The City
LV Golden Knights NHL

Recently, Las Vegas was named the new home for the Golden Knights NHL team. While an ice sport seems like an odd choice for a city in the desert, the fans have welcomed the Golden Knights with a warm embrace.

The team started playing in the 2017-18 NHL season and joined the Pacific Division of the Western Conference. After the mass shooting on Oct. 1, the team was set up to draft its first team members. And during their first game on Oct. 10, they listed the names of all the victims and first-responders of the shooting onto the ice. That solidified the team as a new member of Las Vegas professional sports.

During the 2017-18 season, the Golden Knights played well and won big, both on the ice and in the hearts of Las Vegas natives.


Another area set for growth in the coming year is Las Vegas’ WNBA team. The Las Vegas Aces play in the Western Conference for the Women’s National Baseball Association and relcoted to Vegas right before the 2018 season began. Previously the San Antonio Silver Stars, the team made its way from Texas to Nevada and is owned by MGM Resorts International, a fitting ownership considering its location.

The Aces are a prolific team, winning seven of their fourteen seasons in San Antonio. They’re home to many power players including Becky Hammon, and Ann Wauters. They announced the move to Las Vegas in December 2017.

Vegas residents are looking forward to having the star power in the city in 2018.

Raiders New Stadium

 Finally, Las Vegas is expected to welcome the NFL Raiders to its city limits in 2019, hopefully. The building will be state-of-the-art, featuring an entire wall of windows that will slide back to reveal the cool desert air during what fans are hopeful are playoff games. The stadium will seat up to 65,000 people. To honor the team’s longtime owner, Al Davis, who passed in 2011 the stadium will also have an eternal flame lit in his honor.

Minor League in Summerlin

Summerlin too is getting some of the professional sports action with a new minor league team, the Las Vegas 51s a Triple-A Minor League baseball team. The team is set to make Vegas their home in 2019.

 Professional Sports Fans Have Much to Look Forward to!

 If you live in Las Vegas and have complained of a lack of diversity for professional sports, your wishes are about to be granted. These teams are set to make their debut soon, so be patient, and you’ll have plenty of games to choose from.