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Rank City State Population Metro Population
Of the four major professional sports, Phoenix and Las Vegas are the only metropolitan areas in the Southwest that have representatives. While Las Vegas is home to the Las Vegas Raiders NFL football team and the Vegas Golden Knights NHL hockey team, Phoenix is one of only 13 U.S. cities to have representatives in all four: Arizona Diamondbacks in Major League Baseball, Arizona Cardinals in the National Football League, the Phoenix Suns in the National Basketball Association, and the Arizona Coyotes in the National Hockey League. The Greater Phoenix area is home to the Cactus League, one of two spring training leagues for Major League Baseball; fifteen of MLB's thirty teams are now included in the Cactus League.[144] The region has also been the scene of several NFL super bowls. Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe held Super Bowl XXX in 1996, when the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers.[145] The University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona hosted Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008, in which the New York Giants defeated the New England Patriots,[146] as well as Super Bowl XLIX, which resulted in the New England Patriots defeating the Seattle Seahawks 28–24. The U.S. Airways Center hosted both the 1995 and the 2009 NBA All-Star Games.[147]

In 1997, the Phoenix Mercury were one of the original eight teams to launch the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).[148] Indoor American football is represented by the Arizona Rattlers located in Phoenix.[149] The region is also host to several major professional golf events: the LPGA's Founder's Cup;[150] the Phoenix Open and the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open (in Las Vegas) of the PGA;[151][152] and the Tucson Conquistadores Classic (in Tucson), and the Charles Schwab Cup Championship (in Scottsdale) on the Champions Tour of the PGA.[153][154]

NASCAR has two venues within the region: The Phoenix International Raceway, was built in 1964 with a one-mile oval, with a one-of-a-kind design, as well as a 2.5-mile road course,[155] and the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, a 1,200-acre (490 ha) complex of multiple tracks for motorsports racing.[156] There are several nationally recognized running events in the region, including The Phoenix Marathon, a qualifier for the Boston Marathon,[157] and the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series in both Phoenix and Las Vegas.[158][159] Las Vegas is also the end point for the annual Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay, a 120-mile-long foot race by law enforcement teams from around the world,[160] which is the largest law enforcement athletic event in the world.[161] Las Vegas is the premier boxing venue in the country,[162] and is also known for mixed martial arts events.

The Southwest is also home to some of the most prominent rodeos in North America. The Professional Bull Riders association has its headquarters in Pueblo, Colorado. The PBR World Finals are held annually in Las Vegas,[163] which also hosts the National Finals Rodeo, which is the nation's premier rodeo event.[164] Other major rodeo events include the week-long Fiesta de los Vaqueros in Tucson,[165] the World's Oldest Rodeo in Prescott, Arizona,[166] the Southwestern International PRCA Rodeo in El Paso, Texas,[167] and the Rodeo de Santa Fe, one of the nation's premier rodeos.[168]

Since the 1950s, Las Vegas has been host to many of professional boxing's largest events, beginning with the Heavyweight non-title bout in 1955 between world light heavyweight champion Archie Moore and perennial contender Niño Valdés.[169] Muhammad Ali fought his last world title bout in Las Vegas against Larry Holmes in 1980, and Floyd Mayweather fought many of his major fights there.

College

The Southwest is home to a rich tradition of college sports. The Pac-12 Conference has two teams in the region, the Arizona State Sun Devils and the Phoenix Mercury were one of the original eight teams to launch the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).[148] Indoor American football is represented by the Arizona Rattlers located in Phoenix.[149] The region is also host to several major professional golf events: the LPGA's Founder's Cup;[150] the Phoenix Open and the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open (in Las Vegas) of the PGA;[151][152] and the Tucson Conquistadores Classic (in Tucson), and the Charles Schwab Cup Championship (in Scottsdale) on the Champions Tour of the PGA.[153][154]

NASCAR has two venues within the region: The Phoenix International Raceway, was built in 1964 with a one-mile oval, with a one-of-a-kind design, as well as a 2.5-mile road course,[155] and the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, a 1,200-acre (490 ha) complex of multiple tracks for motorsports racing.[156] There are several nationally recognized running events in the region, including The Phoenix Marathon, a qualifier for the Boston Marathon,[157] and the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series in both Phoenix and Las Vegas.[158][159] Las Vegas is also the end point for the annual Baker to Vegas Challenge Cup Relay, a 120-mile-long foot race by law enforcement teams from around the world,[160] which is the largest law enforcement athletic event in the world.[161] Las Vegas is the premier boxing venue in the country,[162] and is also known for mixed martial arts events.

The Southwest is also home to some of the most prominent rodeos in North America. The Professional Bull Riders association has its headquarters in Pueblo, Colorado. The PBR World Finals are held annually in Las Vegas,[163] which also hosts the National Finals Rodeo, which is the nation's premier rodeo event.[164] Other major rodeo events include the week-long Fiesta de los Vaqueros in Tucson,[165] the World's Oldest Rodeo in Prescott, Arizona,[166] the Southwestern International PRCA Rodeo in El Paso, Texas,[167] and the Rodeo de Santa Fe, one of the nation's premier rodeos.[168]

Since the 1950s, Las Vegas has been host to many of professional boxing's largest events, beginning with the Heavyweight non-title bout in 1955 between world light heavyweight champion Archie Moore and perennial contender Niño Valdés.[169] Muhammad Ali fought his last world title bout in Las Vegas against Larry Holmes in 1980, and Floyd Mayweather fought many of his major fights there.

The Southwest is home to a rich tradition of college sports. The Pac-12 Conference has two teams in the region, the Arizona State Sun Devils and the University of Arizona Wildcats. The Mountain West Conference also has two teams, the UNLV Rebels and the University of New Mexico Lobos. Conference USA is represented by the University of Texas at El Paso Miners. The Big Sky Conference has two teams: the Lumberjacks of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, and the Southern Utah University Thunderbirds in Cedar City, Utah. The Western Athletic Conference also has two representatives, the New Mexico State University Aggies in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and the Grand Canyon University Antelopes in Phoenix.

Las Vegas is becoming the nexus for NCAA league basketball tournaments. The Mountain West Conference, the Western Athletic Conference, the Mountain West Conference, the Western Athletic Conference, the West Coast Conference, and the Pac-12 Conference all hold their conference basketball tournaments in Las Vegas.[170]

The Southwest is the site of six college football bowl games: the TicketCity Cactus Bowl, formerly known as the Insight Bowl, in Tempe;[171] the Arizona Bowl in Tucson; the Fiesta Bowl, played at the University of Phoenix Stadium;[172] the Las Vegas Bowl;[173] the New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque;[174] and the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas.[175]

The erstwhile [20th century] Southwest Conference might seem to have been named after this region, but it had no teams from Arizona nor New Mexico. All but one of its teams were from schools in Texas.[176]