The Southwest has some of the best entertainment in the world. From state-of-the-art sports stadiums through old-fashioned bars and star-studded Las Vegas shows to opera beneath the night sky, the region offers plenty of options for when the sun goes down.
t Cirque du Soleil® performers putting on a colorful, mesmerizing show
There’s no place like Vegas for fabulous shows. Catch mega-stars like Lady Gaga, Celine Dion, or Diana Ross in concert, and be sure to take in at least one of the thrilling Cirque du Soleil® spectaculars. Book early, as popular shows sell out.
It might seem surprising but opera has long been a popular entertainment in the Southwest. In the early days, a town wasn’t a town until it could boast an opera house. Today, the acclaimed Santa Fe Opera, with its striking, open-sided theater, is a unique chance to take in an opera in a modern setting that is as dramatic as anything on stage.
Chase Field in Phoenix, home ground for the Diamondbacks baseball team, offers sports fans a real all-American treat: watching a night-time game. The stadium roof can be open to the stars, or closed during inclement weather, but either way, the roar of the crowds adds to the rousing spectacle. If baseball’s not your thing, you can watch occasional concerts and international soccer matches here too (www.chase.crowndns.com).
Casinos aren’t only in Las Vegas, and aren’t just for gambling. They exist throughout the Southwest, often on Native American land as revenue earners. Many have fine restaurants and concert halls hosting big-name acts – check out the Fire Rock Casino in New Mexico, or Tucson’s two casinos: the Casino del Sol and Desert Diamond.
Downtown Tucson has two historic theaters: the Rialto and the nearby Fox Theatre. These early 20th-century movie houses are now on the National Register of Historic Places, and offer guided tours so you can get a closer look at the historical features. KiMo Theater in Albuquerque is another Art Deco gem that shows local music, theater, and movies.
Chase Field’s roof can be opened or closed in just over four minutes using 4 miles (6.5 km) of cables.