Located eight miles away from Las Vegas, Sam Boyd Stadium has been the home of the Las Vegas Rebels for over four decades. Opening in 1971 and built at a cost of $3.5 million, it was originally known as Las Vegas Stadium. The Rebels played their first game at the stadium on October 23, 1971 against Weber State before 15,000 fans.
Las Vegas Stadium was renamed Las Vegas Silver Bowl in 1978, and after local gaming pioneer, Sam Boyd, in 1984. Prior to the 1978 season the stadium was expanded to seat 32,000 fans. Retractable artificial turf, allowing multiple events at Sam Boyd Stadium was installed before the 1985 season. Before the 1999 season, Sam Boyd Stadium was renovated and expanded to seat 36,800 fans. Sam Boyd Stadium had a grass field between 1999 and 2002 before Fieldturf was installed in 2003. Before the start of the 2015 season, two rows of seats were removed from the east and west sidelines to widen the field. This reduced the seating capacity to 35,500. Since 1992 Sam Boyd Stadium has been the home to the Las Vegas Bowl. This bowl game features teams from the Pac 12 and Mountain West conferences. UNLV will move into the new Las Vegas Raiders (NFL) stadium when it opens in 2020.