ARIA Resort & Casino ~ Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational News & Notes – Day One Celebrity Scramble; Sunday Pairings

The first day of the celebrity-only scramble at the 13th annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational (MJCI) hosted by ARIA Resort & Casino at Shadow Creek ended in a two-way tie with Eric Dickerson/Ozzie Smith and Brian Urlacher/Roger Clemens.  The two teams, each led by former NFL and MLB legends, share the lead after shooting a -7 under, 65 at the exclusive Las Vegas course. Currently in third place with a -6 under, 66 is the NFL/MLB duo of Ken Griffey Jr. and Arizona Cardinals’ Patrick Peterson. Tournament host Michael Jordan and partner Dwight Feeney are tied for 10th at -1, 71.

The second and final round of the two-person celebrity scramble at Shadow Creek begins Sunday morning at 9 a.m.

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Photo Courtesy: Getty/MGM Resorts International

 

Notable Moments from the Course:

  • The most important part of MJCI is its charitable contributions, which were spotlighted today through multiple check presentations to the tournament’s charity beneficiaries: Make A Wish Foundation, Keep Memory Alive, Cat’s Care and Opportunity Village.
  • Host Michael Jordan enjoyed a festive day on the course highlighted by some legend-worthy shots and an extremely large entourage with more than 25 golf carts in tow. Jordan started the day with a 300-plus-yard tee shot straight down the middle on No. 1, followed it up with a number of good putts throughout the round and excited the crowd on No. 17 with a 40-foot chip-in from the side of the par-3 green. Jordan and teammate Dwight Freeney escaped disaster on the water hole by hitting their tee shot just off the right side of the green.  With the hole on the far left side of the green, Jordan sized up the second shot and chipped the ball approximately one-third of the way to the pin. The ball followed the break in the green, turned left toward the cup and lipped in for a birdie creating a thunderous roar from the huge gallery. It was loud enough to be heard on the 18th tee box up the hill.
  • After Chris Chelios dribbled his tee shot into the water on the very first hole, playing partner Wayne Gretzky walked over to host Michael Jordan and asked, “You gave me Charles Barkley, Jr.?” The crowd roared with laughter and Gretzky had Jordan in stitches.
  • Teasing his teammates because he was so far ahead, Wayne Gretzky lounged on his side pretending to “nap” at hole 18.
  • Brian Baumgartner and Aaron Rodgers started their own tradition, giving each other chest bumps while yelling, “Yes Sir!” after every successful shot on the course.
  • At the par-3 13th hole, a woman celebrating her bachelorette party in Vegas asked Ray Romano to sign her ‘bride-to-be sash’, to which he obliged. Later, Romano hit a solid drive off the 16th hole tee box and celebrated as if it was effortless. Ken Griffey Jr. corroborated, “Now that’s a professional golfer there–picking up the tee while it’s still in the air”
  • In the first foursome of the day, Winky Wright’s playing partner Steve Monroe hit his second shot from the 16th fairway wide right of the green. It nearly clipped the scoreboard and had a volunteer running for cover. He followed up that miscue by hitting his tee shot on the par-3 17th to within two feet of the pin and converted the birdie putt.  Monroe and Wright went on to finish the day with an eagle-3 on the No. 18 par-5.
  • Roger Clemens asked Brian Urlacher, who was wearing a tight fitting shirt, “When did you start wearing mediums?” Urlacher responded, “I’ve been doing 300 crunches a day!” Clemens answered, “Yeah, I’d like to see that!”
  • As Julius Erving signed autographs for two young fans, he called over Vince Coleman to show him the pictures he was signing, depicting a legendary shot of him dunking over an opponent. Vince Coleman started laughing and shouted “Wow, look at those ups!” Dr. J suavely responded with, “Yeah, and I am coming down there.” The group and the fans erupted into laughter.

 

       Official Pairings

Final Round

Sunday April 6, 2014

1st Tee

Group Time

Team

Score

Team

Score

1

9:00

Mike Piazza Marcus Allen +6 Richard Dent Ron Harper +5

2

9:10

Ahmad Rashad Nick Jonas +4 Chris Chelios Wayne   Gretzky +4

3

9:20

Janet Jones-Gretzky Greg   Maddux +4 Jesse Williams Adrian   Young +3

4

9:30

Brandi   Chastain Dan Jansen +2

Paul O’Neill

Mauricio Umansky

+1

5

9:40

Kenny Lofton   Flex Alexander

-1

Bruce Jenner   Penny Hardaway

-1

6

9:50

Alan Thicke Jonathan   Ogden -2 Ray Romano Toni Kukoc -2

7

10:00 Stuart Scott John Smoltz -2 Brian   Baumgartner Aaron Rodgers -3

8

10:10 Julius Erving

Vince Coleman

-3 Winky Wright Steve Monroe -5

9

10:20 Michael Jordan Dwight   Freeney -1 Ken Griffey, Jr. Patrick   Peterson -6

10

10:30 Brian Urlacher Roger   Clemens -7 Eric Dickerson Ozzie   Smith -7

ARIA Las Vegas ~ Entertainment Listings

ARIA Las Vegas ~ Entertainment Listings

SPECIAL EVENT

MICHAEL JORDAN CELEBRITY INVITATIONAL
The 13th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational (MJCI), hosted by ARIA Resort & Casino at Shadow Creek, returns to Las Vegas for the fourth consecutive year, April 3 – 6, 2014. Since its inception in 2001, MJCI has raised nearly $7 million for charities including Make-A-Wish Foundation, Opportunity Village, James R. Jordan Foundation and Cats Care, the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats’ charity arm.

The four-day tournament and celebration boasts incredible parties, A-list entertainment and competitive golf. Each year, MJCI attracts an all-star lineup of celebrity and sports stars. Past attendees include Brian Baumgartner, Cedric “The Entertainer,” Chevy Chase, Brandi Chastain, Roger Clemens, Wayne Gretzky, Ken Griffey, Jr., Michael Phelps, Aaron Rodgers and Stuart Scott, among dozens of other notable figures. Actor Jesse Metcalfe and former Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher are confirmed to join the 2014 roster for the first time.

Fans who wish to experience this exclusive event can purchase daily or weekly general admission and VIP ticket packages. VIP guests will enjoy added perks including free general admission parking at Shadow Creek (a $10 daily value), unparalleled views from multiple open-air VIP hospitality decks, complimentary food and full-service bars.

Dates: April 3 – 6
Prices: Daily General Admission Pass: $30; Weekly General Admission Pass: $100;
Daily VIP Pass: $150; Weekly VIP Pass: $500
Discounted tickets are available for military service members, senior citizens 65 years of age or older and college/university students with valid identification. Each group will receive 25% off daily or weekly general admission tickets. The tournament also offers a “Bring the Kids for Free” general admission ticket pass, providing access for youth 17 years of age and younger when accompanied by a general admission ticketed adult (up to two children per paid adult).
Buy: Tickets are now on sale and available at all 10 MGM Resorts’ box offices and concierge desks in Las Vegas, and online at aria.com, mjcigolf.com and shadowcreek.com.

ZARKANA THEATER

ZARKANA BY CIRQUE DU SOLEIL
Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil is filled with spectacular jaw-dropping acrobatics and eye-popping visuals featuring an international cast of 70 world-class acrobats, jugglers, clowns and musicians. The show is performed five nights a week at the Zarkana Theater.

Dates: Friday – Tuesday
Dark: Wednesday and Thursday
Times: 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Prices: Tickets start at $69 (not including applicable service charges and taxes)
Buy: Tickets can be purchased at the Zarkana box office, online at cirquedusoleil.com/zarkana or Aria.com , or by calling (855) 927-5262 or
(702) 590-7760.

NIGHTLIFE

HAZE NIGHTCLUB
HAZE Nightclub is a dramatic 25,500-square-foot cutting-edge space where guests are challenged to question their sense of perception and reality. HAZE features oversized hanging props above the entryway drawing guests to a grand central staircase which transports them to the mezzanine level where one can enjoy a birds-eye view of the action below. The main dance floor, filled with beats from the world’s best DJs, is home to 100-square-feet of interactive projection screens on a structure where world-renowned artists have performed impromptu surprise acts. Suede walls and plush surfaces speckle the weaving interior of this nightlife destination, boasting a unique 20-foot wall of lights incorporating the latest technology. Full-color laser shows add to the sensory experience creating a nightlife mecca that has raised the standards of nightclubs worldwide.

Dates: Thursday – Saturday
Hours: Doors open at 10:30 p.m.
Admission: Cover charges apply pending day and special events. Guests must be 21 years of age or older with a valid ID.
Contact: Call (702) 693-8300 for more information

INDUSTRY THURSDAYS
HAZE, ARIA’s premier nightspot, caters to mavens of the Vegas nightlife scene and locals each Thursday. With the best resident DJs spinning the hottest music and special celebrity appearances guests are sure to have an incredible time.

THE DEUCE LOUNGE
The Deuce Lounge is an invigorating destination fusing elements of an upscale lounge with high-limit gaming. With stylish décor, first-class service and a seductive ambiance, The Deuce Lounge, brought to ARIA by The Light Group, offers an unmistakable and distinctive nightlife experience.

Dates: Daily
Hours: 5 p.m. to 4 a.m.
Admission: Cover charges apply pending day and special events. Guests must be 21 years of age or older with a valid ID.
Contact: Call (702) 693-8300 for more information

INDUSTRY WEDNESDAYS
The middle of the week gets better with industry nights at The Deuce Lounge. Every Wednesday, half-price bottles are offered to locals all night and guests can enjoy an open champagne bar from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.

GOLD BOUTIQUE NIGHTCLUB & LOUNGE
Decadent black and gold throughout, GOLD Boutique Nightclub & Lounge comes from the partnership between Cirque du Soleil and Las Vegas-based hospitality powerhouse The Light Group. The lounge offers the ultimate spot to sip hand-crafted cocktails or to party into the night while listening to Las Vegas’ hottest DJs.

Dates/Hours: Wednesday – Thursday: Doors open at 10 p.m.
Friday – Sunday: Doors open at 5 p.m.
Admission: Cover charges apply pending day and special events. Guests must be 21 years of age or older with a valid ID.
Contact: Call (702) 693-8300 for more information

INDUSTRY WEDNESDAYS
Wednesdays at GOLD Boutique Nightclub & Lounge are the sexiest industry party in town. Kick it at the best
mid-week party on The Strip with some “Local Love,” featuring guest DJ sets from DJ Tommy Lin and DJ Funk Solo. “Local Love” features an open bar for ladies from 10 p.m. to midnight and complimentary cover for those with valid Nevada ID.

LOBBY BAR
Guests can enjoy masterfully crafted signature cocktails while basking in the lively atmosphere. Lobby Bar features a DJ Friday – Saturday from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Hours: 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Admission: Admission is complimentary. Guests must be 21 years of age or older with a valid ID.
Contact: Call (702) 590-7111 for more information

Tickets Now on Sale for 11th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational, hosted by ARIA Resort & Casino at Shadow Creek March 29-April 1, 2012

ARIA Casino ANNOUNCES TICKETS ON SALE FOR 11TH ANNUAL MICHAEL JORDAN CELEBRITY INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT 

 

Tournament Offers Access to Exclusive Shadow Creek Golf Course

 

The 11th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational (MJCI), hosted by ARIA Resort &Casinoat Shadow Creek, returns to Las Vegas for the second consecutive year March 29-April 1, 2012. Tickets are now on sale for one of celebrity golf’s most popular events, giving fans the opportunity to watch four days of competition with some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment.

ARIAand Shadow Creek are incredibly proud to welcome the return of the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational to Las Vegas,” said Bill McBeath, ARIA’s president and COO. “We loved opening Shadow Creek to the public for the first time earlier this year for this spectacular tournament and very much look forward to welcoming back Michael, his fans and his celebrity guests. Most importantly, we are honored to be a part of an event that raises money for a variety of important charitable organizations.”

Since its inception in 2001, the tournament has raised nearly $6 million for charities including Make-A-Wish Foundation, Nevada Cancer Institute, James R. Jordan Foundation and Cats Care, the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats’ charity arm. This past April, the four-day tournament and celebration boasting incredible parties, A-list entertainment and competitive golf, included celebrity and sports-star appearances by Jordan, Drew Brees, Wayne Gretzky, Ken Griffey, Jr., Anthony Anderson, Jerome Bettis, Roger Clemens, Larry David, Julius Erving, Jamie Foxx, Janet Jones-Gretzky, Kevin Hart, Brett Hull, Toby Keith, Toni Kukoc, Spike Lee, Mario Lemieux, Mike Piazza, and Alan Thicke, among others.

Michael Jordan said, “Last year’s event was a fun-filled, exciting weekend for not only me, but for our guests, partners and fans. Bill and his entire resort team at ARIA provided service throughout the weekend that was second-to-none and I, of course, can’t pass up playing golf at Shadow Creek. I’m looking forward to another successful Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational in 2012 and am hopeful to raise even more money next year for the participating charities.”

This year’s MJCI is scheduled to kick off Wednesday, March 28 at ARIA with a welcome reception presented by Jordan Brand. The first of two rounds of the Celebrity-Amateur tournament, which pairs one celebrity with four amateur participants, will take place Thursday, March 29 at Shadow Creek. The final round of the Celebrity-Amateur will take place Friday, March 30.

The MJCI two-person, 36-hole scramble format tournament begins Saturday, March 31 and includes only the competing celebrities. The second and final round of the MJCI will be played Sunday, April 1. Additional festivities and special events surrounding the Saturday and Sunday competition, as well as celebrity participants, will be announced in the near future.

Tickets are on sale and available at all 10 MGM Resorts box offices, Concierge desks, and online at www.arialasvegas.com,mjcigolf.com and shadowcreek.com. Fans who wish to experience this exclusive event can purchase daily or weekly general admission tickets, as well as daily or weekly VIP passes. VIP spectators will enjoy an unparalleled view of the course from the “M life VIP Deck,” an open-air hospitality complex overlooking the par-5, 18th hole.

Prices are as follows:

Daily General Admission Pass           $30/Thursday-Sunday
Weekly General Admission Pass      $100/Thursday-Sunday
Daily VIP Pass                                        $150/Thursday-Sunday
Weekly VIP Pass                                    $500/Thursday-Sunday

Discounted tickets are available for military service members with valid identification, and Senior Citizens 65 years of age or older with valid ID; both groups will receive 25 percent off a daily or weekly general admission ticket. Additionally, the tournament has created a special “Bring the Kids for Free” general admission ticket offer, which provides access to Shadow Creek for youth 16 years of age and younger when accompanied by a general admission ticketed adult (up to two children per paid adult).

For more information about the MJCI at ARIA at CityCenter, visit www.arialasvegas.com,,www.MJCIgolf.com or call (877) 253-5847.

About ARIA Resort & Casino
The centerpiece of CityCenter, ARIA features an unprecedented combination of striking architecture, sustainable design, high-end service and spectacular amenities. From Viva ELVIS™ by Cirque du Soleil, celebrating the life and legacy of Elvis Presley, and unique culinary offerings from the world’s most talented chefs to innovative nightlife and spa offerings, ARIA embodies the excitement and vitality of Las Vegas. Guests of the resort also enjoy the most technologically advanced guestrooms and premium meeting and convention space. Combined with CityCenter’s unparalleled amenities including the luxurious shopping at Crystals and the first-of-its-kind public Fine Art Collection, ARIA introduces a new generation of resort experiences, unlike anything Las Vegas, and more remarkably the world, has ever seen. For more information about ARIA, please visit www.arialasvegas.com .

About Shadow Creek
Perennially ranked among Golf Week magazine’s Top 10 courses, Shadow Creek’s special environment is normally reserved solely for guests of MGM Resorts International. Located in the midst of the barren Nevada desert, the Tom Fazio-designed Shadow Creek makes golfers feel they’ve been transported to another world with its natural beauty, rolling terrain, glistening brooks and ponds, spectacular waterfalls, lush gardens and mature trees.