SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT MVPS JOIN 2012 MICHAEL JORDAN CELEBRITY INVITATIONAL IN LAS VEGAS

SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT MVPS JOIN

2012 MICHAEL JORDAN CELEBRITY INVITATIONAL IN LAS VEGAS

ARIA Resort & Casino Hosts MJCI 2012 at

Exclusive Shadow Creek Golf Course, March 29 – April 1

Hosted by ARIA Resort & Casino, the 11th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational (MJCI) will return to Las Vegas’ Shadow Creek March 29 – April 1.

NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers will join many returning standouts from 2011 including Ken Griffey, Jr., Wayne Gretzky, Roger Clemens, Brian Baumgartner, Brett Hull, Maury Povich and Chris Chelios, who made a splash last year when he sank a 45-foot putt followed by a cannonball jump into the adjacent lake on the 18th hole green.

The Celebrity-Amateur tournament, which pairs one celebrity with four amateur participants, will take place Thursday, March 29 and Friday, March 30. The MJCI two-person, 36-hole scramble format tournament, including only competing celebrities, will take place Saturday, March 31 and Sunday, April 1. More information on special events surrounding the tournament, as well as additional celebrity participants will be announced in the near future.

Shadow Creek, one of the country’s most exclusive golf courses, will open its doors to the public for only the second time. Proceeds from the charitable tournament will benefit the the Make-A-Wish Foundation, UC San Diego Nevada Cancer Institute, James R. Jordan Foundation, Opportunity Village and Cats Care, the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats’ charity arm. Since its inception in 2001, MJCI has raised more than $6 million for charity.

Tickets may be purchased at any MGM Resorts International box office outlet, online at www.arialasvegas.com  or www.MJCIgolf.com . 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

VIP spectators will enjoy access to an unparalleled view of the course from the M life VIP tent, an open-air venue featuring a “VIP Party Deck” overlooking the par-5, 18th hole, catering and a full-service bar.

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).

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 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. Visit www.shadowcreek.com for more information.

About ARIA Resort & Casino
The centerpiece of CityCenter Las Vegas is ARIA Resort & Casino, a stunning AAA Five Diamond resort on The Strip featuring an unprecedented combination of striking architecture, sustainable design, high-end service, spectacular amenities and premium meeting and convention space. From unique culinary offerings created by the world’s most talented chefs, to innovative nightlife, indulgent spa treatments and Viva ELVIS™ by Cirque du Soleil

®, ARIA embodies the excitement and vitality of Las Vegas. ARIA is home to an incredible collection of stylish and technologically advanced accommodations including Sky Suites, a AAA Five Diamond hotel within a hotel experience.  Combined with CityCenter’s unparalleled amenities including 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 has ever seen.  CityCenter is a joint venture between MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) and Infinity World Development Corp, a subsidiary of Dubai World. For more information and reservations, visit arialasvegas.com or call toll free at (866) 359-7757; also find ARIA on Facebook and Twitter.

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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.