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

Sighting: Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational Gala Celebration brings stars out for a cause at ARIA Resort & Casino, Las Vegas 4.4.14

Last night, sports and entertainment stars including Michael Jordan, Aaron Rodgers, Bruce Jenner, Nick Jonas, Ken Griffey Jr., Juan Pablo Galavis & Nikki Ferrell, Boyz II Men, Josh Freeman, Julius “Dr. J” Erving and Adrian Young, among dozens of others, gathered at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas for the 13th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational Celebration.

The star-studded annual gala marked a night of celebration kicking off the two days of exclusive celebrity golf competition at Shadow Creek in the name of charitable fundraising. Also in attendance was eight-year-old Lucas, a Make-A-Wish “wish kid” who fulfilled his dream of meeting MJ earlier in the day. Lucas received celebrity treatment, following celebrities including Jesse Williams, Alan Thicke, Brandi Chastain, Gretchen Rossi, Slade Smiley, Vince Coleman, Ozzie Smith, Mario Umansky, Chris Chelios, Brian Baumgartner, Flex Alexander, Mike Piazza and many more, down the red carpet as dozens of cameras flashed away.

At the gala celebration inside ARIA, celebrities mingled over a multiple-course gourmet dinner from incredible ARIA restaurants including Jean Georges Steakhouse, Sage, & Julian Serrano.

Jordan sat front row and center at a table by the stage, alongside pals including Ahmad Rashad and Stuart Scott. Bill Cramsey, ARIA’s Executive Director of National Marketing, introduced the tournament host and welcomed him to the stage, crediting MJ’s celebrity invitational tournament for the role it has played in the success of the resort itself.

Jordan welcomed guests to the gala and thanked ARIA, Shadow Creek, sponsors and volunteers for their time and service. Jordan also thanked all of his friends for taking the time out of their busy schedules to attend the tournament, reminding them that it’s not for him, but for the many people who receive support from the benefiting charities each year. He encouraged fellow celebs to find “wish kid” Lucas at the gala – telling the crowd how much fun they had together at the course and explaining that Lucas, and the many other children whose lives have been touched throughout MJCI’s thirteen years, are the true inspiration for holding events such as the celebration gala.

The celebrities and VIPs enjoyed an evening of entertainment hosted by magician, comedian, actor and television personality Justin Willman, a regular guest on The Tonight Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Chelsea Lately and host of Cupcake Wars.

Willman had the audience in stitches as he pulled Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant and former NFL halfback Jerome Bettis on stage for several magic tricks through his standup routine.

The gala’s headlining performer and GRAMMY Award-winning artist T-Pain brought the crowd to their feet as he launched his energetic set with hit song “Good Life” and thrilling the crowd with performances of some of his most famous collaborations including Jaime Foxx’s “Blame It,” Lil Wayne’s “Got Money,” Rick Ross’ “The Boss” and Flo Rida’s six-time, multi-platinum “Low,” among others.

Stars took to the dance floor to dance the night away, including actress Janet Jones-Gretzky who was spotted breaking it down to “Black And Yellow” alongside Alan Thicke’s wife and actress Tanya Callau.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and innovator of funk George Clinton surprised the crowd by joining T-Pain on stage for superstar collaboration of T-Pain and Maino’s 2009 hit, “All The Above.”

The legendary funk performer was next joined on stage by his band Parliament-Funkadelic to deliver signature songs “Bring The Funk,” “Flashlight” and more. Clinton, who has been performing for more than 50 years, put on an epic set, stepping off the stage and into the crowd numerous times to invigorate the dance floor and boogie with guests. The band jammed a continuous set featuring live saxophone, drums, soulful backup vocals and electric guitars and bases.

The celebration continued late into the night, as the ballroom transformed into a popup nightclub.

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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.

 

Michael Jordan 2013 Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament Results

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After 4 days of fantatsic golf and celebrity entertainment at the famous Shadow Creek Golf Course winners were anounced Sunday after the final round. Coming in at -11 under par baseball legends Ozzie Smith and Vince Coleman walked away as the 2013 winners. The dynamic baseball duo join other previous MLB winners John Smoltz and Rollie Fingers. It was Coleman’s third win as he won the rain shortened 2008 event and also in 2002. Other previous winners are Brandi Chastain, Michael Jordan himself, Toni Kukoc, Dr. J Julius Erving, Janet Jones-Gretzky and more. Last year’s event raised over $500,000 for charity and it was great to be a part of this years tournament.

Coming in second was the team of Ahmad Rashad and Wayne Gretzky. Third place went to Jerry Rice and Jason Taylor. Host Michael Jordan and Dwight Freeney shot even par.

Presented by The Aria Resort and Casino and held at the most amazing golf course I have ever set foot on – Shadow Creek Golf Course. How could you go wrong with the best host, best celebrites, best golf course and best hotel casino. Can’t wait until next year!

John Legend to Headline Vegas Gala for Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational at ARIA Resort & Casino

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JOHN LEGEND TO HEADLINE VEGAS GALA FOR MICHAEL JORDAN CELEBRITY INVITATIONAL AT ARIA RESORT & CASINO

Celebration Hosted by Comedian Wayne Brady with Special Performance by World-Famous Blue Man Group

GRAMMY Award-winning artist John Legend will headline the 12th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational (MJCI) Celebration in Las Vegas with a private performance at ARIA Resort & Casino , Friday, April 5. Legend will take the stage at the annual invite-only party for the tournament’s celebrities and VIP invited guests.

The soulful singer, songwriter and pianist will perform hits throughout the evening, including songs from his new album Love in the Future (co-produced by Legend, Kanye West and Dave Tozer), scheduled for release this June. The celebration also will feature a performance by Blue Man Group, which recently introduced an entirely new, mega-enhanced show at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino. Famed comedian and television personality Wayne Brady will emcee the evening’s festivities.

The annual gala will mark a night of celebration following the two-day Celebrity-Amateur tournament April 4 and 5, which pairs one celebrity with four amateur participants; and lead into the weekend’s MJCI two-person, 36-hole scramble format tournament, including only competing celebrities, April 6 and 7.

Hosted by ARIA Resort & Casino and returning to Shadow Creek, MJCI marks only the third time in history that the exclusive golf course will open its doors to the public. Proceeds from the charitable tournament will benefit Make-A-Wish; James R. Jordan Foundation; Opportunity Village; and Cats Care, the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats’ charity arm; as well as the participating celebrities’ charities of choice. Since its inception in 2001, MJCI has raised more than $6 million for charity. 

MJCI celebrities scheduled to attend include host Michael Jordan, Marcus Allen, Anthony Anderson, Miles Austin, Brian Baumgartner, Jerome Bettis, Wayne Brady*, Chevy Chase, Brandi Chastain, Chris Chelios, Roger Clemens, Vince Coleman, Brian Cushing, Richard Dent, Julius Erving, Josh Freeman, Dwight Freeney, Wayne Gretzky, Ken Griffey Jr., Penny Hardaway, Brett Hull, Dan Jansen, Dustin Johnson, Janet Jones-Gretzky, Toni Kukoc, Mario Lemieux, Greg Maddux, Win McMurry, Christina Milian, Von Miller, DeMarco Murray, Kevin Nealon, Jonathan Ogden, Paul O’Neill, Jake Owen, Michael Phelps, Ahmad Rashad, Jerry Rice, Salli Richardson, Rob Riggle, Stuart Scott, Ozzie Smith, Jason Taylor, Alan Thicke, Winky Wright, Adrian Young and more.

*Non-Golfer

Tickets are available at all 10 MGM Resorts’ box offices and concierge desks in Las Vegas, 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 and VIP ticket packages. VIP ticket holders will enjoy added perks including complimentary parking at Shadow Creek (a $10 daily value), unparalleled views from the open-air MasterCard VIP Hospitality Deck, complimentary food and full-service 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, providing 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. – 12 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 www.arialasvegas.comMJCIgolf.com or call (877) 253-5847.

About ARIA Resort & Casino
ARIA Resort & Casino, a stunning AAA Five Diamond resort, features an unprecedented combination of spectacular amenities, high-end service, striking architecture, sustainable design and premium meeting and convention space. ARIA provides access to the ultimate Las Vegas experience highlighted by The Shops at Crystals and the acrobatic spectacle Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil. 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 www.arialasvegas.com or call toll free at (866) 359-7757; also find ARIA on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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.

Stars Unite for 2013 Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational

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STARS UNITE FOR 2013 MICHAEL JORDAN CELEBRITY INVITATIONAL IN VEGAS

Michael Phelps, Jerry Rice, Dustin Johnson, Jake Owen & Rob Riggle Join Celebrity Roster for 12th Annual Charity Golf Tournament at Exclusive Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, April 4 – 7

Hosted by ARIA Resort & Casino, the 12th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational (MJCI) returns to Las Vegas’ Shadow Creek April 4 – 7 featuring celebrity favorites plus first-time attendees including Olympic Champion Michael Phelps, Pro Football Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Jonathan Ogden, comedian Rob Riggle, PGA Golfer Dustin Johnson, country star Jake Owen, actor James Denton, NFL Quarterback Josh Freeman and actor/comedians Kevin Nealon and Wayne Brady*.

The new participants will join MJCI standout veterans including host Michael Jordan, Marcus Allen, Anthony Anderson, Brian Baumgartner, Roger Clemens, Wayne Gretzky, Ken Griffey Jr., Penny Hardaway, Brett Hull, Toni Kukoc, Mario Lemieux, Greg Maddux, Tom Welling, Jesse Williams and Adrian Young as they swing for a cause.

In its third year in Las Vegas, MJCI will gather dozens of celebrities for four days of star-studded events and golf at Shadow Creek and ARIA. Additional celebrity and athlete participants include defending champion Brandi Chastain, Jerome Bettis, Chris Chelios, Vince Coleman, Janet Jones-Gretzky, Dan Jansen, Win McMurry, Christina Milian*, Paul O’Neill, Stuart Scott, Ozzie Smith, Alan Thicke and Winky Wright.

*Non-Golfer

The Celebrity-Amateur tournament, which pairs one celebrity with four amateur participants, will take place Thursday, April 4 and Friday, April 5. The MJCI two-person, 36-hole scramble format tournament, including only competing celebrities, will take place Saturday, April 6 and Sunday, April 7.

Proceeds from the charitable tournament will benefit Make-A-Wish, 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 are now on sale and available at all 10 MGM Resorts’ box offices and concierge desks in Las Vegas, 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 and VIP ticket packages. VIP ticket holders will enjoy added perks including complimentary parking at Shadow Creek (a $10 daily value), unparalleled views from the open-air MasterCard® VIP Hospitality Deck, complimentary food and full-service 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, providing 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. – 12 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 arialasvegas.com, MJCIgolf.com or call (877) 253-5847.

About ARIA Resort & Casino
ARIA Resort & Casino, a stunning AAA Five Diamond resort, features an unprecedented combination of spectacular amenities, high-end service, striking architecture, sustainable design and premium meeting and convention space. ARIA provides access to the ultimate Las Vegas experience highlighted by The Shops at Crystals and the acrobatic spectacle Zarkana by Cirque du Soleil. 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.

 

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.