Sam Boyd Stadium -- Las Vegas

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" Stadium name: Sam Boyd Stadium
" Address: 7000 E. Russell Road, Las Vegas, NV 89112
" Home team: UNLV Rebels
" Capacity: 36,800
" Opened: 1971 (renovated 1999)
" Surface: FieldTurf
" Tickets: Buy tickets
" Passport: Are you going?

" Driving distance to Insight Bowl in Tempe, Ariz.: 300 miles, 5 hours
" Distance from downtown Las Vegas: Stadium is 11 miles southeast of downtown.
" Websites: Bowl site | Stadium | Seating chart | Directions/Parking | Twitter
" City Guide: Las Vegas


" Pregame tailgate party, noon to 5 p.m., Dec. 22, Sam Boyd Stadium
Both teams will have their bands and pep squads at this party, which leads up to kickoff. Plenty of vendors' booths and entertainment will be available.


Zeffirino (Venetian)
3377 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
702-414-3500 | website
Located in the Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian Hotel, Zeffirino makes for a romantic Italian dinner, complete with musicians playing in the background and overlooking the "canal." The handcrafted bar was imported from Italy.

The Buffet (Bellagio)
3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
702-693-7111 | website
In a city known for buffets offering just about any theme you can imagine, splurge a little and go to the buffet at the Bellagio. This annually tops the list of best buffets in town. From varying ethnic cuisine to cold seafood appetizers, one can find goodies at every station. The Bellagio also offers a gourmet buffet every Friday and Saturday night that includes venison, buffalo and Kobe beef. One holiday note on buffets: Prices will increase on Christmas Day, and you can expect long waits.

Hugo's Cellar (Four Queens)
202 Fremont St.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
702-385-4011 | website
Located in the Four Queens Hotel downtown, Hugo's Cellar has won numerous awards from local publications. This intimate but loud American and international diner sticks to the basics and will take you back to the Vegas of the 1960s. Some dishes are prepared tableside. Each female diner gets a red rose upon arrival.

Simon (Palms Place)
4381 W. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89103
702-944-3292 | website
OK. You've gotten an hour or two of sleep and you don't really want to get dressed up to go to Sunday brunch. No worries, go in your pajamas to Simon, located in the Palms Place Hotel & Spa. The dining area, with floor-to-ceiling windows, overlooks the Palms Place pool. Celebrities are known to frequent this place. Fried chicken and waffles and a junk food dessert bar never tasted so good for breakfast.


Las Vegas Strip
South Las Vegas Blvd.
Find anything you ever thought possible along the 5-mile stretch that makes Las Vegas famous. In addition to casino gambling, sports betting and loads of shows, you will find some of the country's best shopping and people-watching.

Hoover Dam
U.S. Highway 93
Boulder City, NV 89005
866-730-9097 | website
The overlook is spectacular. The dam is 726 feet high -- the equivalent of a 70-story building -- and offers panoramic views of Lake Mead and the Colorado River, far below on the Arizona border. Afterward, take an elevator 500 feet down and view part of the power plant. The dam is located 33 miles southeast of downtown Las Vegas. There is ample parking.

Vegas Indoor Skydiving
200 Convention Center Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89109
702-731-4768 | website
You think losing your money at the tables can be a downer, try falling for this place. Vegas Indoor Skydiving, located just off the Strip south of the Riviera Hotel, has no planes or parachutes, but you get the same sensation as skydiving, according to those in the know. Reservations are not accepted and those 18 and younger must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Botanical Cactus Gardens
2 Cactus Garden Drive
Henderson, NV 89014
702-435-2655 | website
Chocolate Wonderland at Ethel M Chocolate Factory and Cactus Garden is especially brilliant during the holidays. The cactus garden is decorated with more than a half-million lights. See chocolate houses and demonstrations. It's all free to the public, but a nominal fee is charged to see everything through 3-D glasses: click here. The illuminated cactus garden display is open from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily through New Year's Day.