A member of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball's sunny South Division, the El Paso Diablos dazzle crowds that can exceed 10,000 at the friendly confines of Cohen Stadium. Though not affiliated with any Major League teams, the American Association has helped launch the careers of numerous major and minor leaguers, giving fans the fun of guessing who might be the league’s next MLB prospect, which team he might play for, and which flavor of Gatorade he sweats.
From September through March, the El Paso Hockey Association’s rink rumbles with the hard hits of the El Paso Rhinos—El Paso’s Junior A hockey team that netted a Silver Medal at the 2011 National Championship. But when the Rhinos are off the ice, the facility opens the rink to the community for a number of different uses. Public-skating sessions, for instance, invite guests to stop by and experience the thrill of carving a perfect figure eight or the profile of Stone Cold Steve Austin into the ice. Classes and programs, such as Learn to Skate, further sharpen skaters’ skills. And kids’ hockey leagues give youngsters the chance to get a feel for the sport.
At any given time, Dream Arena's ceiling might echo with several collective sounds: the squeak of shoes pivoting on a basketball court, the slam of a perfectly spiked volleyball landing in bounds, and the soft crunch of soccer cleats digging into the indoor turf. Within the mammoth indoor gymnasium, athletes of all kinds run amok, shooting soccer balls just feet away from hoopsters sharpening their free throws. The staff manifests its main goal—unleashing everyone's potential—in a variety of programs, from open pickup games and team practices to youth leagues that teach kids the value of healthy competition as they see who can chug the most Gatorade.
The ladies of El Paso Roller Derby celebrate two major events on St. Smacktrick's Day: the day an English monk destroyed Ireland's booming snake-breeding economy; and their league's recent acceptance into the Women's Flat Track Derby Association. Colorfully named skaters convene from Odessa, Hobbs, Marfa, Albuquerque, and beyond for a double-header of flat-track face-offs. The first match pits the Irish Car Bombs against the Lucky Charms as green-clad jammers sprint under the flying elbows of blockers while the less lucky careen into walls. The Hooligans and the Shenanigans follow up the action with their own blur of scuffed helmets, bright spandex, striped knee socks, and fishnets.
Last season was a hallmark season at Sunland Park when wagers skyrocketed 32% to nearly $54 million, yielding big returns for equine enthusiasts with an eye for winners. Bet a doll hair or two and watch the global stampede of speed-steeds in Sunland Park’s Simulcast Lounge and throughout the Grandstand and Turf Club areas. Your simulcast program will serve as a papery fountain of horseracing knowledge, helping you make wise wagers and avoiding such foolish bets as taking the long odds on Hägar the Horrible being funny tomorrow. In addition to a $10 betting voucher, you and your fellow Equus ferus caballus admirer can feed on cheeseburgers, soft drinks, and French fries while comparing the goofiest horse rap monikers on your profile sheet.
Although the views of the Sacramento Mountains are imposing and majestic at ground level, nothing can compete with approaching them from 10,000 feet above. That’s why the staff at Skydive White Sands offers a range of jumps and classes that let guests get a bird’s-eye view of the mountain peaks, smooth white sands, and roller-skating clouds while feeling the rush of an adrenaline-pumping free fall. Staff members send jumpers into the air in a Cessna 206, then strap themselves to students for a tandem jump or teach them how to man their own parachute during the seven-level skydiving-licensing program. While in flight, clients can choose to record their experience with a handheld camera that documents their free fall and peaceful descent to the ground.