Jai-Alai (pronounced “hi ‘ lie”) is billed as the world’s fastest sport. Davie residents are less than 10 miles away from live matches of the sport at the Casino at Dania Beach, Florida.
What is Jai-Alai?
Jai-Alai is a sport that looks a bit like racquetball, but more difficult and faster. In addition, rather than a paddle, players use a cesta, which is a Spanish word for basket. It’s a long basket made from reeds, and players use it to catch and return a ball.
The court that is used for play is similar to a racquetball court. It has three walls; the ball is hurled toward the front wall at speeds close to 200 mph. The front wall is made of granite, since that is the only material strong enough not to break during play!
The game comes from the Basque Country of Northern Spain, where it was invented almost four centuries ago. In 1904, the United States first saw Jai-Alai played at the St. Louis World’s Fair. Today, Jai-Alai is only played in Dallas, Texas and in several locations in Florida. As you might imagine, it’s a fast moving sport, and you’ll be amazed at how the players use exceptional skill to win their matches. If you enjoy a game of chance, you can even place bets on the outcomes.
The Casino at Dania Beach
Jai-Alai matches take place at the Casino at Dania Beach. The facility can seat 5,600 spectators. You’ll typically be able to attend matches on Wednesday and Saturday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m.
While you’re there, you can eat casually at the Orange Bear Grill or take advantage of the gourmet buffet at the Luxe. There are also a number of lounges on the property. The Casino hosts entertainment for adults, although some entertainment is suitable for kids of all ages.
The Casino offers Las Vegas style play – you can try your hand at one of the 900 slot machines and electronic table games including Blackjack, Roulette and Craps. The Card Room attracts the more skilled gamers, offering everything from $20 to $10,000 minimum buy-in tables for 3 Card Poker and Ultimate Texas Hold’em games.
Live music and comedy bring many people to Dania Beach. You’ll find entertainers such as The Coasters and the Johnny Rogers Band, who present a history of rock and roll for all ages. Comedy acts are also performing, some of which are for ages 21 and up.
If you’re thinking of buying one of our Davie FL homes for sale, you’ll hear a lot about family-friendly activities in the area. It’s true that there are many things for the whole family to enjoy in Davie and Broward County. But, if you’re also interested in nightlife, you won’t find the Davie area lacking!
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