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Official Review by Andy Mantsch, Stadium Journey Special Correspondent
UNLV soccer started in 1974, but was “homeless” for the first 9 years of its existence. In 1982, Barry Burto took over as head coach of the soccer program and pushed for the completion of Peter Johann Memorial Soccer Field. The stadium opened in 1983 and was named after the deceased son of local prominent real estate businessman Kenneth F. Johann.
Since 1983, the 2,500 seat facility has played host to UNLV soccer as well as current PDL team, the Las Vegas Mobsters. The natural grass field is surrounded by bleachers on both ends as well as the north side. Team benches and a two story press box line the field on the south side. Lights surround the stadium as well, making it ideal for the cooler Las Vegas nights.
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There is one concession stand located behind the north bleachers at the stadium. There you'll find a surprising variety of food options for such a small venue. Cheeseburgers, hot dogs, pretzels, churros and more can be found for reasonable prices mostly under $5. The food is grilled up fresh in front of you. If you're worried about the Las Vegas heat, you can find soda, beer and a variety of flavors of sno cone. Prices are reasonable across the board, with the only higher dollar items being "monster" nachos ($8) and hot links ($7). Overall, it's a surprisingly good menu for the tiny stadium.
A three star rating is probably the maximum score for such a lightly attended sports event. But the stadium does enough to earn this milestone. When you enter the stadium, you'll be greeted on your right by what appears to be a picnic area. Grills and picnic tables adorn a rock garden under shady palms behind the bleachers. The seating is nothing to get particularly excited about, but the view over the west goal is the strip of Las Vegas. What other soccer venue can boast that? An added benefit is that McCarron airport is only a short distance away and the stadium is directly below the flight path. Planes roar over the stadium throughout making for another interesting addition to the scenery. And in case you forgot, there's some quality Division 1 soccer to be played too. Just don't expect it to get loud and wear plenty of sunscreen, because it'll get hot.
So, Peter Johann Memorial Field gets points here almost by default. The Las Vegas strip is only blocks away, and for someone travelling for sports it doesn't get much better than that. More specifically, the Hofbrauhaus is within easy walking distance of the field and is one of my favorite hidden Vegas spots for all of your Oktoberfest revelry. Do I even need to bring up hotel options? The only reason this isn't 5 stars is because north and east of the stadium can get just a little bit dicey, but nothing to particularly worry about.
Unfortunately, attendance figures don't appear to hit triple digits. The atmosphere is more relaxing than it is an ideal sports environment. Even those in attendance appear to be just as interested in basking in the sun as they are the game on the field. One of the permanent downsides of sports in Las Vegas is that they will never get top billing in the area. There are a few there who will know the players by name and yell to the coach, but you can probably count those on 2 hands.
The stadium is surprisingly tricky to find from any main roads that cut through Las Vegas. You'll drive right past it on Flamingo, but there is no way to turn into a lot to park. Basically, you have to enter the UNLV sports complex from the south on Harmon Road and loop past the baseball fields to get there. Parking at the stadium is limited, so you may need to park at the baseball complex and take the short hike to the field. Once inside the stadium, there is only one restroom area (never a problem with the small crowds) and one concession stand. All of the seating is bleachers with 5 levels, so it's fairly easy for anyone to sit. Just keep in mind, only a section on the east side of the field is shaded and everywhere else will likely be in the desert heat.
Tickets purchased the day of the match will run you $8 (a discount is apparently available for pre-purchased tickets). If you're keeping score, those are minor league baseball prices for a much smaller and casual venue. I fully expected tickets to run $5 or lower as I walked up to the entrance. The field is nice enough and is perfect for a casual picnic while taking in some soccer. Refreshments are priced fairly too. But overall, there's not a ton here to get excited about other than a relaxing afternoon.
I have to give some default bonus points to Peter Johann Memorial Field. First off, it's just blocks from the Las Vegas strip. If that isn't a point-worthy extra, I don't know what is. Second, the planes roaring overhead bringing more tourists to the Sin City adds a cool feature. And finally, the nice picnic area complete with grills is something I hadn't seen before at a college venue and is definitely notable.
Overall, a game at Peter Johann Memorial is a reasonable option for a soccer fan looking to take a 2 hour break from the bustle of the strip. But I wouldn't travel to somewhere like Las Vegas just for this experience. It's definitely an off the beaten path break option for the Vegas traveler as opposed to a stand-alone attraction.
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