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

Photos/ Video Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational Day One News & Notes; Friday Pairings

The celebrity-pro-am portion of the 13th annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational (MJCI) hosted by ARIA Resort & Casino at Shadow Creek in Las Vegas ended its first day earlier this evening with a spectacular 25-foot eagle putt on No. 18 by NFL All-Pro Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald.  The Arizona Cardinals’ fan favorite led his team to a Day One win with a score of -17 under par, 55, one stroke better than two other teams who were tied for second with a -16 under par, 56.

Today’s  morning kicks off at 7:30 a.m. with the second day of the celeb-amateur tournament. Today’s pairings and yesterdays’s scores are below.

 NBA Legend Michael Jordan hits a tee shot during ARIA Resort & Casino's 13th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational at Shadow Creek on April 3, 2014 in North Las Vegas, Nevada.
NBA Legend Michael Jordan hits a tee shot during ARIA Resort & Casino’s 13th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational at Shadow Creek on April 3, 2014 in North Las Vegas, Nevada.
Michael Jordan's teammate emerging from the lake after a dare
Michael Jordan’s teammate emerging from the lake after a dare
NBA Legend Michael Jordan laughs after a friend jumped into the water hazard on the 18th green during ARIA Resort & Casino's 13th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational at Shadow Creek on April 3, 2014 in North Las Vegas, Nevada.
NBA Legend Michael Jordan laughs after a friend jumped into the water hazard on the 18th green during ARIA Resort & Casino’s 13th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational at Shadow Creek on April 3, 2014 in North Las Vegas, Nevada.
Larry Fitzgerald signing young fan's shirt
Larry Fitzgerald signing young fan’s shirt
Gretchen Rossi In Front of Leaderboard
Gretchen Rossi In Front of Leaderboard

 

 

Notable Moments from the Course:

  • To start his day, Michael Jordan rolled up in his North Carolina blue signature golf cart. He had fun with his group during the first day of the tournament, including daring one of his teammates to jump into the water at the 18th hole. His teammate willingly dove in which left the legend, along with the crowd, laughing hysterically. Throughout the day, Jordan bantered with fans on the course. One fan asked who he was taking in the Final Four to which he replied, “Wisconsin!”
  • Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald chest-bumped his teammates after making a 35-foot putt midway through his Thursday round and finished the day with an eagle on 18 to win Day One.
  • As Stuart Scott teed off on the first hole, a fan yelled from the crowd, “Cool as the other side of the pillow!,” referencing one of Scott’s famous SportsCenter catchphrases.
  • On Brandi Chastain’s 9th hole of the day, her second shot on the par 5 flew the green and hit a rake on the side of a sand trap. The ball bounced backwards onto the green and rolled into the hole for an amazing two. The crowd went nuts and Brandi pretended to take her shirt off, reminding fans of her infamous celebration after her game-winning penalty shootout kick against China in the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
  • Real Housewives of Orange County Star Gretchen Rossi took pointers from fiancé Slade Smiley before teeing off at the first hole. As Smiley approached the tee box, he was introduced as the “sixth housewife,” to which he replied, “It’s okay, I’m proud of it!” His first shot only went a few feet so he took a mulligan and made the crowd laugh by saying, “Now that’s how you start off the day!” Rossi later posed beside her results on the scoreboard, proud of her performance for the day.
  • After finishing his 18 holes of golf, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw his golf ball into the MJCI bleachers at Shadow Creek’s 18th hole. Earlier in the day, he was spotted throwing a football around with his teammates on the 15th hole.
  • In true rock star fashion, Adrian Young’s group rolled up to each hole blasting music from their golf carts, playing everything from LMFAO’s “Party Rock” to “Paint it Black” by the Rolling Stones. But as he entered his backswing during his second shot, two large geese flew right over him, squawking and altering the shot. “I felt you!” he yelled jokingly at the birds

                          Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational

    Celebrity-Amateur

    Friday, April 4, 2014 Shadow Creek

    FRIDAY PAIRINGS

    TIME CELEBRITY TEAM

    1st   Tee – Morning

    7:30 Jake   Owen

    1

    Bill   Jarvis, Nicholas Granruth, Bobby Shah, Bob Johnson
    7:40 Julius   Erving

    2

    Fletch   Brunelle, Greg Herning, Al Geismar, David Hansen
    7:50 Alan   Thicke

    3

    Bill   Rodrigues, Robbie Bennetts, John Bardis, Bryan Gay
    8:00 Stuart   Scott

    4

    Gary   Sims, Bil Baumner, Tim Smith, Greg Schwaderer
    8:10 Mike   Piazza

    5

    Tony   Yousfi, Bryan Faliero, Scott Durkin, Mark Janian
    8:20 Christina   Milian

    6

    Eric   Tom, Justin Beltran, Daniel Jiang, Gerald Thibeau
    8:30 Ken   Griffey, Jr

    7

    Victor   Szucs, Todd Roberts, George Glover, Ryker Young
    8:40 Marcus   Allen

    8

    Brian   Booth, Scott Booth, Scott Kostylo, Tom Evans
    8:50 John   Smoltz

    9

    Trea   Reedy, Mark Uhlrich, Anthony Basile, Sil Basile
    9:00 Brandi   Chastain 10 Gil Flores, Max Heineman, David Borelli, Wendy Montanaro
    9:10 Brian   Baumgartner 11 Curtis   Polk, Bob Parr, Chris Nasrallah, Jae Schmutz
    9:20 Aaron   Rodgers 12 Joe Kaplan, Scott Runyan, Bobby Waid, Robert Hobart
    9:30 Michael   Jordan 13 Mark Wilson, Charlie Lee, Nathan Bays, Cindy Davis
    TIME CELEBRITY TEAM

    10th   Tee – Morning

    7:30 Kenny   Lofton 14 Ryan   Boyce, Paul Peterson, Terry Terhark, James Logeman
    7:40 Ron   Harper 15 Fred   Kearns, Tisher Lett, George Koehler, Jerry Smith
    7:50 Mauricio   Umansky 16 Fred Whitfield, Paul Campion, Pete Guelli, Robert Stevanovski
    8:00 Paul   O’Neill 17 Takao   Saiki, Yoshio Imura, Maika Osawa, Tomohito Kurita
    8:10 Vince   Coleman 18 Dennis Hansen, Larry Fitzgerald, Leslie Hansen, Anthony Fortunato
    8:20 Richard   Dent 19 Erich Ekstedt, Dan Chueh, Joe Kaplan, John White
    8:30 Patrick   Peterson 20 Jon Halvorsen, Andy Bush, Randy Hedland, Rand Arbuckle
    8:40 Eric   Dickerson 21 Ric   Wilson, CJ Paul, Charles Paul, Shakim Compere
    8:50 Andre   Johnson 22 Scott   Howard, Mike Dyer, Orin Mayers, Andre Melton
    9:00 Roger   Clemens 23 Chick   Lee, Jim West, Steve Green, Curt Allen
    9:10 Ozzie   Smith 24 Jay Valerio, Adam Frischer, Carl Bishop, Todd Braverman
    9:20 Ahmad   Rashad 25 Jahid Mirza, Luke Tarby, Dan Lanzano, Reid Steinberg
    9:30 Dan   Jansen 26 Ken Itani, Ryosuke Itani, Tara Shirai, Taiga Tabuchi
    TIME CELEBRITY TEAM

    1st   Tee – Afternoon

    12:00 Dwight   Freeney 27 Bill Boasberg, Scott Sibella, Chris Nordling, George Chiu
    12:10 Adrian   Young 28 Dave Nichols, Eric McHone, Mike Smith, Bryan Brown
    12:20 Winky   Wright 29 Eli Pachino, Robert Gamch, Joe Orr, Josh Lang
    12:30 Jerome   Bettis 30 Bill   McClain, Bobby Franz, Geno Baratta, Jay Wadkins
    12:40 Toni   Kukoc 31 David Belfiore, Victor Califa, Steven Wang, Robert Courson
    12:50 Chris   Chelios 32 Michael Hirtenstein, Mike Murphy, Kenny Dichter, Owen Mitchell
    1:00 Wanya   Morris 33 Harry Goff, Rich Brothers, Michael Muldoon, Asim Zamir
    1:10 Gretchen   Rossi 34 Scott Fairchild, Tony Amoroso, Slade Smiley, Chris Higgs
    TIME CELEBRITY TEAM

    10th   Tee Afternoon

    12:00 Brian   Urlacher

    35

    Richard Bukovinsky, David Bender, David Greenwald, Edward Sorkin
    12:10 Penny   Hardaway

    36

    Terry   Ferrero, Jay Johnson, Asher Raphael, Corey Schiller
    12:20 Jonathan   Ogden

    37

    Mike Sibulkin, Forrest Baker, Johnny Florentino, Tony Krum
    12:30 Josh   Freeman

    38

    Glenn Lyon, Mike McCausland, Keith Petty, Dale Allen
    12:40 Flex   Alexander

    39

    Daric Ashford, Keith Houlemard, Mark Raveling, Gavin Lindberg
    12:50 Nathan   Morris

    40

    Michael Flaherty, Stanley Roy, John Salerno, Robert Sanchez
    1:00 Shawn   Stockman

    41

    Kent Jiminez, James Arriola, Jacob Pak, William Nash
    1:10 Phil   Hellmuth

    42

    Kenny Lee, Paul Scaringe, Bill Mendoza, Jeff Blake

  • 2014 Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational

    Thursday Celebrity/Amateur Results

    Thursday Top 3 Finishers

    3rd Place:                 

    Celebrity:      Ken Griffey, Jr.

    Amateurs:   Bill Boasberg, Scott Sibella, Scott Runyan, Jay Johnson

    Score:     56

     

    2nd Place:     

    Celebrity:     Jerome Bettis

    Amateurs:    Stanley Roy, David Reiter, John Ingolilia, Randy Hedland

    Score:    56  (won with a 4 on 18)

     

    1st Place:

    Celebrity:     Larry Fitzgerald

    Amateurs:    Dennis Hansen, Jim West, Tom Cyr, Michael Sylvester

    Score:     55

     

    CLOSETS TO THE HOLE CONTESTS:

     

    Thursday Closet To The Pin on Hole 8 Winner:     Ryker Young – 2ft.

    Thursday Hole in One on Hole 17 Winner:   Robert Sanchez – 6’-4”

     

    HOLE IN ONE CONTESTS:

     

    Thursday hole in one on hole 5 winner:  None

    Thursday hole in one on hole 8 winner:  None

    Thursday hole in one on hole 13 winner:  None

    Thursday hole in one on hole 17 winner:  None

     

     

     

     

 

George Clinton, T-Pain to Headline Vegas Gala for Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational at ARIA Resort & Casino

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GEORGE CLINTON, T-PAIN TO HEADLINE VEGAS GALA FOR MICHAEL JORDAN CELEBRITY INVITATIONAL AT ARIA RESORT & CASINO

Celebration Hosted by Magician & Comedian Justin Willman

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee George Clinton and  GRAMMY Award-winning artist T-Pain will headline the 13th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational (MJCI) Celebration in Las Vegas with a private performance at ARIA Resort & Casino Friday, April 4 for the tournament’s celebrities and VIP invited guests.

An innovator of funk music, Clinton has been performing for more than 50 years and is the founder of the funk, soul and rock music group Parliament-Funkadelic (P-Funk). Known for his hits “Atomic Dog” and “Bring The Funk,” the multi-talented artist will perform decades of fan favorites.

T-Pain will join Clinton on stage for a unique multi-genre collaboration unlike any other. Currently touring following the release of his fifth studio album, T-Pain’s numerous chart-topping hits include, “Buy U A Drank,” “5 O’Clock,” “Bartender,” and “Can’t Believe It,” along with collaborations such as Survivor’s “I’m On A Boat,” Kanye West’s “Good Life,” Jaime Foxx’s “Blame It,” and

Flo Rida’s six-time, multi-platinum “Low,” among others.

Famed magician, comedian, actor and television personality Justin Willman will host the evening’s festivities. Currently on tour, Willman is a regular guest on The Tonight Show, The Ellen Degeneres Show and Chelsea Lately. He also hosts Cupcake Wars on the Food Network and Win, Lose or Draw on the Disney Channel.

The annual gala will mark a night of celebration following the two-day Celebrity-Amateur tournament April 3 and 4, which pairs one celebrity with four amateur participants. The two-day Celebrity-Amateur tournament leads into the weekend’s MJCI two-person, 36-hole scramble format tournament, including only competing celebrities, April 5 and 6.

Celebrities from the worlds of sports and entertainment scheduled to attend include host Michael Jordan, Marcus Allen, Boyz II Men, Brian Baumgartner, Jerome Bettis, Brandi Chastain, Chris Chelios, Roger Clemens, Vince Coleman, Richard Dent, Eric Dickerson, Julius Erving, Joey Fatone, Josh Freeman, Dwight Freeney, Wayne Gretzky, Ken Griffey, Jr., Penny Hardaway, Dan Jansen, Brody Jenner, Bruce Jenner, Nick Jonas, Janet Jones-Gretzky, Toni Kukoc, Greg Maddux, Christina Milian, Jonathan Ogden, Paul O’Neill, Jake Owen, Juan Pablo & Nikki Ferrell, Patrick Peterson, Mike Piazza, Ahmad Rashad, Aaron Rodgers, Ray Romano, Gretchen Rossi & Slade Smiley, Stuart Scott, Ozzie Smith, John Smoltz, Alan Thicke, Mauricio Umansky, Brian Urlacher, Luke Wilson, Russell Wilson, Winky Wright, Adrian Young and more.

Since its inception in 2001, MJCI has raised nearly $7 million for charities including this year’s beneficiaries Make-A-Wish, James R. Jordan Foundation, Keep Memory Alive, Opportunity Village and Cats Care, the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats’ charity arm.

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. 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 the openair Jordan Brand VIP Hospitality Deck, complimentary food and fullservice bars.

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, senior citizens 65 years of age or older and college/university students with valid identification. Each group will receive 25 percent off daily or weekly general admission tickets. Additionally, the tournament offers a “Bring the Kids for Free” general admission ticket pass which provides access to Shadow Creek for youth 17 years of age and younger when accompanied by a general admission ticketed adult (up to two children per paid adult).

All ticketholders can enjoy complimentary shuttle service between ARIA and Shadow Creek. Shuttles will depart every 30 minutes from ARIA’s North Valet entrance Thursday and Friday of the tournament from 6 a.m.2 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Continuous return service from Shadow Creek to ARIA will be provided until 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For more information about MJCI, visit aria.com, MJCIgolf.com or call (877) 253-5847.

 

About ARIA Resort & Casino
ARIA Resort & Casino is a stunning AAA Five Diamond resort on The Strip featuring spectacular amenities, high-end service, premium meeting and convention space, striking architecture and sustainable design. Combined with its unparalleled offerings including the luxurious Shops 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.  ARIA and its neighboring properties within CityCenter are 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 ARIA.com or call toll free at (866) 359-7757; also find ARIA on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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

ARIA RESORT & CASINO ANNOUNCES TICKETS ON SALE FOR 11TH ANNUAL MICHAEL JORDAN CELEBRITY INVITATIONAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

ARIA RESORT & 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 & Casino at 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.

“ARIA and 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, www.mjcigolf.com and www.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.