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New Mexico State University football, basketball, baseball, softball, and volleyball teams play intercollegiate schedules in the Big West Conference, against schools from California, Nevada, and Utah. The Aggies play their home games on the NMSU campus, south of University Avenue on Locust Street. Football is played in the Aggie Memorial Stadium, and basketball games are held in the Pan American Center arena. For information about the games, call the Pan Am Ticket Office (tel. 575/646-1420; www.nmsu.edu/tickets.html).

New Mexico's longest horse-racing season takes place 45 miles south of Las Cruces at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino (tel. 575/874-5200; www.sunland-park.com). Live races run Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Tuesday, from December to April. The casino, which features 700 slot machines, is open Sunday through Thursday from 9:30am to 1am, Friday and Saturday until 2am.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.