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Boxing and casinos go together like Texas and Hold ’Em. Especially in Las Vegas, which is also known as the Boxing Capital of the World. This is, after all, where Mike Tyson got an earful. Muhammad Ali, Sugar Ray Leonard, Oscar De La Hoya, Floyd Mayweather — the list goes on, but anyone worth his weight class has fought in Vegas.
The Events Center at Mandalay Bay gets top billing when it comes to boxing bouts. The 12,000-seat complex is relatively small in comparison to other venues, providing good sightlines from nearly every seat. Consequently, it often draws a packed house, so secure tickets in advance. If sitting ringside isn’t in your cards, head to the casino’s sports bar to get in on the action, flat-screen style.
Perhaps the best-known boxing venue in Las Vegas, the MGM Grand Garden Arena is also one of the largest, comfortably seating 16,800 fight fans. State-of-the-art acoustics let you hear every swing of the glove — a necessity since many seats are too far away from the action in the ring and must resort to watching on the jumbo screens. If you care about seeing the bout up close, be prepared to shell out some heavy coinage.
Even if you don’t understand the appeal, it shouldn’t deter you from feeling the power, smelling the oil and reveling in the grit of NASCAR at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Every March, more than 100,000 fans fire up their grills and head to NASCAR’s Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series races. The $200-million track, which was built in 1995, extends 1,500 acres and includes the 1.5-mile super speedway, in addition to a 2.5-mile road course, a half-mile dirt oval and a drag strip. Technicalities aside, the people-watching here is priceless. So when your eyes tire of following the blurry left turns on the track, grab a hot dog and check out your neighbor’s head-to-toe Jimmie Johnson-themed wardrobe.
But if you’re still pining to watch more traditional sports, teams such the Los Angeles Dodgers’ AAA affiliate team, the Las Vegas 51s and the Las Vegas Wranglers East Coast League hockey team play in Sin City.