13th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational – Legends and a Legendary Experience

If you want to experience one celebrity event this year it would be wise to make sure it is the 13th Annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational (MJCI) hosted by ARIA Resort & Casino taking place April 3rd through the 6th. With the most recognizable athlete in the world hosting the event and with him being joined by a who’s who of entertainment and sports joining him on the course and pairing that with all that Las Vegas has to offer, MJCI at Shadow Creek Golf Course again looks like the event to be at in 2014.

Shadow Creek 9th Hole (Photo:MGM Resorts International)

This is the fourth year in Las Vegas for MJCI and clearly Vegas and ARIA are a hit with Michael and his celebrity friends as if you purchase tickets you are going to see first-time attendees that include actors Ray Romano, Luke Wilson and Jesse Metcalfe, GRAMMY Award-winning R&B trio Boyz II Men along with Pro Football Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson. You are also going to get to watch returning players; host Michael Jordan, Marcus Allen, Brian Baumgartner, Roger Clemens, Wayne Gretzky, Ken Griffey, Jr., Penny Hardaway, Brody Jenner, Toni Kukoc, Mario Lemieux, Christina Milian, Jake Owen, and Aaron Rodgers along with returning champion Ozzie Smith. You are never sure who will make a surprise appearance, as last year Will Smith just happened to show up to tag along with Michael Jordan’s amazing group.

Will Smith and Michael Jordan at 2013 MJIC

The Celebrity-Amateur tournament, which pairs one celebrity with four amateur participants, will take place Thursday, April 3rd and Friday, April 4th. The MJCI two-person, 36-hole scramble format tournament, which includes only competing celebrities, will take place Saturday, April 5th and Sunday, April 6th.

While you will get to enjoy all of the celebrities and festivities that will be going on all weekend, you will also be amazed at the beauty of Shadow Creek. This stunning golf course seemingly could only have come from the creative mind of golf course designer Tom Fazio. As you walk to course you will be able to not only take in the uniqueness of each hole, but you will literally be in awe that such a majestic course could be created in this desert setting.

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 open-air Jordan Brand 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 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 visit MJCI or call (877) 253-5847.

While you can buy tickets and watch some of the most famous names in sports and entertainment, you can also live the life of a rock star while taking advantage of all that ARIA has to offer. Who would not love a room at the beautiful ARIA Resort & Casino, you can stay in the luxurious accommodations at AAA Five Diamond, LEED Gold certified ARIA Resort & Casino and if you want an experience beyond the rooms and suites at ARIA, then stay at the Sky Suites. The Sky Suites take your experience to another level, a private entrance, suites that go up to 7,000 square feet and amenities galore; you will truly feel pampered at the Sky Suites.

SkySuite Penthouse (Photo:MGM Resorts International)

The dining experiences at ARIA are endless and they have something for every palate. You can experience two sides of Executive Chef Shawn McClain as you could visit Sage or his latest Five50 Pizza Bar. Spanish tapas at Julian Serrano, incredible steaks and seafood at Jean Georges Steakhouse, the classic Italian menu of Sirio or how about simply visiting the best buffet in Las Vegas.

We can’t make any promises, but last year Michael Jordan was at super-club HAZE and that is typical, as you never know who will show up at HAZE or what is going to happen. If you are looking for something slightly more intimate, but just as much fun you visit the Gold Lounge. After taking your adventures well into the early morning, make sure to visit Todd English P.U.B. for a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar.

Haze at ARIA

If you party atmosphere is not your style but you still want to experience Las Vegas nightlife, you have to get tickets for Cirque du Soleil’s Zarkana. Zarkana is an acrobatic rock experience that blends circus arts with the surreal to create a world where physical virtuosity rubs shoulders with the strange., this is one show that you will not want to blink for fear of missing something amazing. For more information visit Zarkana.    

With so many activities and fun you just might need a visit to The Spa & Salon at ARIA and enjoy a signature spa treatment. Just a day pass to relax is a treat in itself and if you are looking for a workout, ARIA has the best fitness center on the strip. While you are generally cut-off  from the opposite sex when you visit a spa in Las Vegas, ARIA offers the city’s first co-ed spa balcony featuring an infinity-edge therapy pool and with this comes a great view of ARIA pool life. You can also experience the country’s first metabolism-boosting Japanese Ganbanyoku stone beds as well as the Shio Salt Room.

Pool season is already here so enjoy all of the sun and heat that Las Vegas provides and relax poolside at one of ARIA’s lagoon-style pools. If you want the day club experience you have to visit LIQUID Pool Lounge, the ultimate “daylife” party experience for adults only always provides a day you won’t forget and music that will keep you energized from the moment you get there until the pool closes.

LIQUID at ARIA (Photo:MGM Resorts International)

Dubbed the Rodeo Drive of Vegas, head to The Shops at Crystals, one of the world’s only retail destinations dedicated exclusively to high-end brands. Located next to ARIA, fashion-savvy travelers will swoon over North America’s largest Louis Vuitton; the biggest Prada store in the country; the world’s largest Tourbillon watch boutique; the United States’ largest collection of flagships, including Fendi, Dolce & Gabbana Men’s and Women’s, Gucci and Roberto Cavalli; unique-to-market retailers such as TOM FORD, Stella McCartney, Paul Smith, Donna Karan, Kiton, Kiki De Montparnasse, Porsche Design, de Grisogono and Lanvin; brand new Richard Mille, Valentino, RIMOWA, Loro Piana and Lalique locations; and much more. And to make sure you have the energy to get through all of those shops, grab a bite at Wolfgang Puck Pizzeria & Cucina.

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.

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