Game On! The Oral History of Las Vegas Sports

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Las Vegas is rapidly becoming a sports entertainment mecca. Calling the city home are the Stanley Cup-winning Las Vegas Golden Knights, two-time national champion Las Vegas Aces, the UNLV Rebels, the Las Vegas Aviators, the Las Vegas Raiders, and the soon-to-arrive Athletics. The city is abuzz with sporting excitement.

Building on this momentum, the Oral History Research Center, part of Special Collections and Archives at UNLV, is launching a new project and oral history collection to document the history of sports in Las Vegas. Help us collect stories from the people who shaped sports through Game On! The Oral History of Sports in Las Vegas.

What's Game On! all about?

  • Documenting history: We're diving deep into the sporting past of Las Vegas, from its earliest teams to the current champions.
  • Extensive coverage: We expect to collect approximately 140 interviews covering a wide array of sports including hockey, football, baseball, softball, auto racing, tennis, basketball, poker, boxing, rodeo, golf, running, esports, and so much more.
  • Easy access to resources: All collected materials (including donated documents, manuscript collections, and photographs) will be available to the public through Special Collections and Archives at Lied Library.

Nominate a narrator

Do you know someone who should be interviewed for Game On!? We are seeking suggestions for individuals we should interview. Please submit your nomination using our form.

Your support matters

The Oral History Research Center is primarily funded by private support. Your sponsorship is essential to making Game On! a reality.

Your sponsorship will help us:

  • Facilitate project logistics: Assist hiring staff and editors.
  • Transcribe and print oral histories: Ensure these invaluable stories are preserved and accessible.
  • Enable online access: Process and make interviews available and findable online.

Las Vegas is a dynamic city and a destination for professional and amateur sports. Your support will preserve the first-hand stories of those who made this extraordinary time in Las Vegas possible — the athletes, entrepreneurs, owners, politicians, decision makers, and fans.

As a donor, you will receive project updates and exclusive event invitations, while helping us preserve the dynamic sports history of Las Vegas.

Thank you for your consideration in supporting Game On! The Oral History of Sports in Las Vegas.

Contact us

Oral History Research Center
Phone: 702-895-2222

University Libraries Development Department
Phone: 702-895-2239

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