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Southern Nevada is renowned for its non-stop gaming excitement, exciting nightlife and spectacular lights. But Southern Nevada has also gained a reputation as a prime place for special events beyond the requisite boxing title fight. Visitors can sit ringside at National Finals Rodeo, get close to the stars at the Billboard Music Awards or enjoy the action at a multitude of collegiate and professional athletic events. Some of the more high-profile special events include:

NASCAR UAW DaimlerChrysler 400/Sam's Town 300/March

The largest spectator sport, next to football, in the United States makes it annual stop at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for the UAW DaimlerChrysler 400 Nextel Cup race and the Sam's Town 300 Busch Series race.

Big League Weekend/Spring

Big League Weekend welcomes baseball fans to Las Vegas for the final Major League baseball games for two teams prior to the start of the regular season.

NHRA Nationals/Spring and Fall

Every April and October, the top drag racers in the world converge at Las Vegas Motor Speedway for two of the major races on the NHRA POWERade Drag Racing Series.

NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series/September

The top drivers from the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series compete at Las Vegas Motor Speedway as the series nears the end of its season.

Las Vegas Invitational/October

Top PGA Tour golfers compete in Las Vegas for one of the largest purses on the PGA Tour. The action takes place at three courses: TPC at Summerlin, TPC at The Canyons and Southern Highlands.

Re/Max World Long Drive Championships/October

Held annually in Mesquite, the longest hitters in the game of golf compete in the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship.

Professional Bull Riders World Finals/November

The top 45 PBR bull riders compete in Las Vegas for a $3.2 million purse in the tour's final event. The competition takes place on two consecutive weekends.

National Finals Rodeo/December

The PRCA's National Finals Rodeo, the World Series of rodeos, returns to Las Vegas each year for 10 days of the world's best non-stop rodeo action.

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