Aug 19 15

PBR Makes the new Las Vegas Strip Arena Home in 2016

by Connie Shearer

In spite of previous reports that had the PBR staying with Thomas Mack until 2024 a brand new press release on the PBRs home site was issued stating that the PBR (Professional Bull Riders) have signed a multi-year agreement making the new Las Vegas Arena the long-term home of the PBR Built Ford Tough World Finals.  The event is scheduled for its first event to take place at the new state-of-the-art, 20,000-seat indoor arena November 2-6, 2016.  The Las Vegas Arena is a $375 million joint venture between MGM Resorts International and AEG who are both longstanding partners of the PBR.  The PBR has been at the Thomas Mack Center since 1999 when they moved from the MGM Grand Garden Arena where the very first PBR World Finals was held in 1994.

PBR CEO Sean Gleason said “The new Las Vegas Arena is a state-of-the-art facility with world-class amenities and we will remember our history-making years at Thomas & Mack fondly, but we owe it to our fans and bull riders to create the next chapter in a venue that will enhance the PBR World Finals experience for everyone.  We are excited to bring the ultimate event of the fastest-growing sport in America to the newest venue in Las Vegas.”

Find all your PBR Built Ford Tough tickets here for their all of their upcoming events!  This year’s 2015 event is still slated to take place at Thomas & Mack Center for one final time fans will see the “Toughest Event on Earth” take place as bull riders battle it out as they celebrate the 17th year with several new names – Joao Ricardo Vieira, Matt Triplett, Kaique Pacheco, and Nathan Schaper – in the top slots all hoping to claim the last title won at T&M they will have to end the streak set by the current champ Silvano Alves.  He is hoping to end things at Thomas & Mack by being the only four-time World Champion and surpass $6 million in earnings, Alves is currently three-time PRB World Champion and he hopes to accomplish this feat something no other PBR has ever done before him.

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Aug 10 15

Four Times The Family Fun!

by Connie Shearer

The Smith Center is bringing you four smash hits that focus on family time and comes in the form of shows that will delight kids and adults alike! Two timeless classics include, The Cat in the Hat, Clifford the Big Red Dog, as well as, Room on the Broom and the brank new hit, Elephant and Piggy. First in this delightful family fun run of classic shows you have the magical and musically delightful, Room on the Broom, an adaption from the book written by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler playing at the Smith Center on Wednesday, October 21 at 6:30 P.M. The Cat in the Hat, a story adults and children know and love playing on Wednesday, January 13th at 6:30 P.M. this sensational adaption is of course from the world famous De. Suess stories of the tall Cat wearing the, red-and-white striped hat and brings some of the most memorable mischief in the history of the world to Sally and her little brother’s life. Find tickets to all of these family fun-filled activities on our easy to use website and get tickets here to see these sensational shows! On Wednesday, February 17th at 6:30 P.M. you and your family can watch Elephant & Piggie’s, We Are In a Play! performance as Elephant Gerald, the formally attired elephant who is prone to fits of melancholy and Piggy a perky, full of fun well piggy perform the brand-new musical that you and your family are sure to enjoy. Don’t miss out as Clifford the Big Red Dog- Live comes to The Smith Center on Wednesday, March 30th at 6:30 P.M. Clifford the Big Red Dog is a character many of us have loved since our own childhood and he is being brought to life on stage in this interactive musical that you and your family are going to want to come out, enjoy and join the fun as Clifford, Emily Elizabeth and all their Birdwell Island friends embark on an adventure filled with fun, singing, dancing and so much more! Bring your family out to The Smith Center for all of these fun-filled shows in fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada!

Aug 6 15

Las Vegas Makes it to the Second Phase of NHL Expansion Process

by Josh Moore

Now one step closer to having their own NHL team, Las Vegas, Nevada was recently approved to participate in the second phase of the expansion application process. To make it through the first phase the ownership group of the prospective Las Vegas franchise submitted the original application along with the $10 million dollar application fee, $2 million of which is non-refundable. In phase two the league will be questioning the ownership and plans for how they will finance or have the ability to pay the expansion fee that is reported to be as much as $500 million, the league is interested in the Las Vegas market and their expectations of the team’s sustainability as well as securing an arena (which is currently being built on the Las Vegas Strip). The third and final phase in the process includes finalizing the expansion fee and all the formalities in the expansion process. Here is the full statement from Jim Foley and Vegas Wants Hockey as they announced their invitation from the league to continue the expansion process.

“We are pleased to report that the NHL has invited us to participate in Phase 11 of the application process. In this phase, we will be providing the League with additional information requested by it, including information about the Las Vegas market. We will also be permitted access to information provided by the League that it deems important to us. We are hopeful that at the conclusion of this phase the league will invite us to participate in Phase 111.”

Even if the expansion goes through (and it is very likely it will) the team is not expected to play for another two years or a year after the new arena that is being built in Las Vegas will open for business. Names for the new team are still being discussed with options ranging from The Las Vegas Aces, The Outlaws, The Desert Devils, The Las Vegas Sin, The Rat Pack, among many others. Keep your ears open Las Vegas it looks as if you are about to get your first National League team in the Vegas Valley!

Jul 31 15

NFR Will continue at the Thomas & Mack Center through 2024

by Connie Shearer
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The National Finals Rodeo has grown so popular that it’s known as, The Super Bowl of rodeos.  And it has been held at the Thomas & Mack Center for the last thirty years.   Las Vegas Events, the nonprofit promoter of the National Finals Rodeo that’s held every December at the Thomas & Mack Center has extended its deal to hold the event at the arena through 2024, according to a news release.  The very first NFR was held at the Thomas & Mack Center in 1985 and has since become a December tradition in Las Vegas with this year’s event set to run from Dec. 3rd thru the 12th.  There was rumor that Las Vegas Events was looking to move the popular event to the new arena being built on the South end of the Strip but decided against it.  Citing Thomas & Mack Center as a better venue for the rodeo than the AEG-MGM arena because the design of the arena fit the rodeo because of good sight lines and two entrances that allow for easy access for the rodeo’s horses and other animals.  Get all your NFR tickets here for this year’s event to save time and ensure you have your spot reserved to come out and see The Super Bowl of rodeos at The Thomas & Mack Center located on the grounds of the University of Las Vegas.  They will be renovating and upgrading the arena to the tune of $72 million, including widening the concourse, adding more bathrooms and concession stands and finding new ways to improve on traffic flow to handle the recent influx of patrons.  This last year the event at Thomas & Mack Center reached an all-time attendance record of 177,565 over the course of the ten-day series.  Over the last three decades the popularity of the NFR in Las Vegas has only grown.  Fans were very happy to hear of this deal between Thomas & Mack and Las Vegas Events that mirrors the deal between Las Vegas Events/LVCVA and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association.

Jul 23 15

Changes Coming to the Las Vegas Strip

by Connie Shearer

Some major changes are coming to the world famous Las Vegas Strip in terms of headlining shows as well as more renovations and additions to make Las Vegas even better, if that’s possible. We recently found out that Jabbawockeez are bringing their dynamic mix of out of this world choreography, music and special effects to MGM Grand starting this fall. The sensational dancing group will be performing in the newly renovated 350-seat theater known as Beacher’s Madhouse, currently occupied by the outrageously funny Vegas showman Jeff Beacher. The new Jabbawockeez show has been reinvented for the move and their last show at Luxor will be August 30th.   You can find all your Jabbawockeez tickets here for any of their shows at the Luxor or the MGM Grand we can meet all your ticket needs! Also making a move this year is the Blue Man Group they will be leaving the Monte Carlo and returning to the property where their ship first landed, The Luxor! The new venue at the Luxor will allow the Blue Man group to transform their already unbelievable show into a custom experience built to maximize the entertainment and take it to a whole new level. With the action, lights, contraptions and ongoing spectacle that is Blue Man Group this new venue brings them closer to the audience than ever before. You can get all your Blue Man Group tickets including tickets to their last show at the Monte Carlo on October 11th on our easy to use website.   Both shows moving just about a year ahead of the newly announced project of MGM Resorts International will be complete. They have plans to build an approximately 5,000-seat theater at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino that will anchor the dynamic new entertainment district that it will be adjacent to, The Park and the 20,000-seat arena currently under construction. The new entertainment district will feature a broad and exciting calendar of special shows by a variety of the industry’s most-recognized names. Seating in the new venue is supposed to offer easy transformations into multiple configurations that will reflect the flexibility and versatility of the space. The park and arena are expected to open in April of 2016, the Monte Carlo theater is hoping to see its first act by the end of 2016. Las Vegas has an exciting year planned for her visitors so come over and check out what’s new and exciting going on in beautiful Las Vegas, Nevada!

Jul 17 15

USA Basketball Showcase Vegas this August

by Josh Moore
USA Basketball Showcase

The USA Basketball Showcase Tickets Available Now

The August 13th USA Basketball Showcase will feature a Blue-White intrasquad exhibition game between the members of the USA Men’s National Team at the Thomas Mack Center in sunny Las Vegas, Nevada.  The USA National Team plans to conduct a mini-camp Aug. 11-13 in Las Vegas that concludes with a Blue-White exhibition game on Thursday, August 13 at 7:30 pm at UNLV’s Thomas Mack Center.  There will be 34 players on the TBA 2014-16 USA Basketball National Team roster.   Duke University’s Hall of Famer coach Mike Kryzewski was named head mentor in 2005 of the USA National Team program compiled a sensational 75-1 record for an amazing .987 percentage is returning to the USA National Team bench.  He won a gold at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and the FIBA World Cup in 2010 and 2014.  Kryzewski will be assisted through the 2016 Olympic Games by Syracuse University Hall of Fame mentor Jim Boeheim, Tom Thibodeau and Monty Williams.  Pat Christenson, president of the Las Vegas events said “Las Vegas is proud to once again partner with USA Basketball for their training program.  Since 2006, Las Vegas has served as the summer home to USA Basketball We look forward to continuing that association and serving as the host to the training camp schedule and the Blue vs. White USA Basketball Showcase.”  This is always a high energy and entertaining game for everyone involved so do not miss your chance to watch the USA Men’s National Team.

Jun 23 15

An End of Old Ideas to Support a New Era for Las Vegas Casinos

by Connie Shearer

Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of the Strips largest casino company says that there are no new plans to do any further development of hotel-casinos on the strip. MGM Resorts International which operates Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, The Mirage, City Center among others say that there is no value in adding new casinos.  The MGM is still the most active developer on the strip for new restaurants, and retail space like the $66 million, 350,000 square foot expansion to the Mandalay Bay Convention Center which is expected to be open in August 2016 it will add 2 million feet of space.  The company’s non-gaming sports and entertainment arena behind New York New York in partnership with arena developer AEG is a $350 million, 20,000 seat arena that will anchor to the Park, a new outdoor retail and dining district.  The thought is instead of more places to go why not make the places already available more popular and profitable.  While bringing guest a varied experience hoping to entice an even larger crowd to want to frequent the Entertainment capital of the world.  Murren says that “The era of expanding casino floors is over. The evolution of the casino floor will be to shrink them. We’re going to create more modular, dynamic spaces that will include multiple utilities for social interaction.”  The projects going on in the spaces between Excalibur, Luxor and Mandalay Bay are going to include retail, dining and other attractions, expected to happen during the 2016 season.  And finally the front entrance of the MGM itself will be getting a facelift bringing more of this new concept to the South end of the strip.  MGM is also currently building casinos in other parts of the country and the world like their $2.9 billion hotel-casino on Macau’s Cotai Strip.   For the person who has never been to Las Vegas because they do not gamble now is the time to come because there are activities for everyone including the shopper, the social butterfly the partier as well as gambling and family activities.  Come out and experience why so many people love Las Vegas.

Jun 19 15

Rock In Rio was a flop in Las Vegas with a $28 million loss

by Connie Shearer

While reviews of Rock In Rio have been overwhelmingly positive when we follow the money the trail stops a long way before the line of successful venture is crossed in terms of Rock In Rio festival in Las Vegas last month.  Hyped as the potential savior for the area at the north end of Las Vegas these numbers are a big letdown for MGM Resorts who along with Rock in Rio USA were putting up half the money for the cost of infrastructure at the music festival’s City of Rock site. A poor musical line-up for the first year is being partially blamed for lackluster ticket sales also. Both parties understand that while Rock in Rio is a huge name in Brazil and Portugal it has no name recognition in America and maybe with time and a bit of patience and some strategic marketing if the festival returns it may grow in popularity here as well but we will have to wait and hear what plans are since all we know is that officially as per the terms of the organizer’s contract with the venue, the festival will be held biennially from 2015 through at least 2019.  There were approximately 120 acts held across two weekends of two days each, and is expected to expand into a three-day, two-weekend format if the festival comes back.   And after investing and losing $20 million, MGM and Rock in Rio reps are saying the Festival is still going to return next year with an expanded, six-day schedule despite tales of unfulfilled expectations along with cultural differences and a breakdown in communications that have possibly caused strife that is unlikely to be repaired.  This is all speculation and gossip though as no official statement has been released by Rock in Rio and MGM Resorts.  MGM is hoping to recoup some of its lost investment in the 40-acre site at the corner of Sahara Ave. and Las Vegas BLVD with other events, concerts and Las Vegas style entertainment.

Jun 15 15

Bill O’Reilly & Dennis Miller Touring

by Connie Shearer

Bill O'Reilly & Dennis MillerTwo of America’s favorite TV personalities are taking to the stage in this cross-country standup comedy tour event featuring Bill O’Reilly and Dennis Miller both well-known television personalities from the hit Fox show The O’Reilly Factor where fans can hear Bill O’Reilly break down the day’s stories in his “No Spin Zone!”   Dennis Miller is a regular on the show as he and “Billy” discuss their take on daily events with very serious and laughable back and forth banter between the two.  So this new take on their act together will be a fresh one for fans seeing them live together for the first time and on a stage will bring their characters to life and breathe something new and interesting into their show that few other television personalities utilize.  It isn’t often we see an accomplished author, syndicated columnist and political commentator taking to the stage to do live stand up and that is why this show is unique, different and worth the time and effort to come out and watch two of the most intelligent, funniest men performing live today boasting a show of No Pinheads allowed!  The only show touring the country proclaiming that they have the funniest live show you will see all year so take the challenge and get your, Don’t Be A PinHead O’Reilly & Miller on Tour tickets here or on our website for any of their upcoming show dates!  With their unique mix of serious humor this show is a must see. New tour dates will continue to be announced as the tour continues and word spreads of their coming to perform in your local area.  Keep watch here on our websites or call in and contact us directly at 877-467-4697 and one of our helpful courteous staff will assist you.   Our staff may also have access to discounted tickets for other events and concerts coming to the local area be sure to check out our entire website and affiliates for any needs you may have.

Jun 9 15

Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson in Vegas

by Josh Moore

The Smashing Pumpkins and Marilyn Manson will be co-headlining a performance at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. As part of their 23-date trek dubbed The End Times Tour, the 90’s alt-rock heroes will be in Sin City on July 10, 2015.

After a two-decade feud, Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan and Marilyn Manson have apparently reconciled to the delight of their fans. Smashing Pumpkins will be promoting their latest album Monuments To An Elegy which was released in December of 2014 while Manson’s performance will be in support of The Pale Emperor, released in January, 2015.smashing pumpkins and marilyn manson

With over 30 million albums sold and multiple Grammy awards, The Smashing Pumpkins has developed quite the global audience despite their tumultuous history along the way. Internal conflict and drug use plagued the band and they were broken up for almost a decade but have returned with a few new parts to provide fans with an amazing experience both musically and technologically. Marilyn Manson always brings a spectacle to the stage and this show should be no different. His intense, unique music style is his own and Manson’s fans certainly appreciate it.

Whether you live in Las Vegas or are just there for the weekend, make sure to grab your Smashing Pumpkins & Marilyn Manson tickets to check out one of the best nineties angst shows around.