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WIN 4 Bulls v. Lakers Tickets at the NBA D-League Showcase

Enjoy 16 Games of Great Basketball Action During the NBA D-League Showcase (January 7-10, 2013)!

1_logo-smallerFor the second year in a row, Reno will roll out the red carpet for NBA D-League teams and NBA team GMs and scouts. Held at the Reno Events Center in downtown Reno, all sixteen NBA D-League teams will compete to impress NBA coaches and scouts in search of NBA prospects.  Four days of talented basketball action with 4 games per day.  General admission tickets are just $10/day and are valid for all 4 games played that day.  For the first time ever for the NBA D-League, three of the games will be nationally televised on the CBS Sports Network.  For Reno Bighorns fans, they will play the evening game on January 7 and 9.  There’s an extra treat on January 9 when specially selected NBA prospects will compete in a 3-point shootout and a slam dunk contest prior to the game.

If you buy your tickets now through January 9 through the Reno Bighorns office, you’ll automatically be entered into a contest to win 4 tickets to see the LA Lakers vs the Chicago Bulls (March 10, 12:30pm at Staples Center in LA)*.  For each Showcase ticket purchased, you’ll earn one entry into the contest!  The winner will selected during the 7:00pm Showcase game on January 9th but you need not be present to win. To purchase tickets and be entered into the contest, call the Bighorns front office at (775) 284-2NBA. For more information about the Showcase, go to

*winner is responsible for all travel, lodging and food/beverage

March Madness in Reno Tahoe

IMG_5060March Madness is here, and with it comes great hotel room specials, deals on food and drinks, and big money bracket winnings! From the first tip-off to the championship team cutting down the celebratory net, all the college basketball excitement is in Reno Tahoe!

Atlantis Casino Resort Spa

Join the March Mayhem at the Atlantis Race & Sports Book and Sports Bar & Lounge where you’ll catch all the NCAA action on the countless HD flat-screens while enjoying great food and drink specials, including:

Sliders $5.00                               Fish & Chips $5.00
Classic Hamburger $5.00         Hot Dog $4.50
Chicken wings $5.00                 French Fries $2.50
Onion Rings $2.50                     Microbrews on Draft $3.00-$2.00

Everybody loves an underdog story, and with the Upset Special, you’ll get paid $100 CASH each time a lower seeded team takes down a higher seed (so don’t get too worked up if a dark-horse busts your bracket). And from March 15-18, receive a free drawing ticket for every $100 wagered on the tournament!

Silver Legacy Resort Casino

3352006592_c8839411e6_zThink you have the perfect bracket this year? Put it to the test during Silver Legacy’s March Mania and see if you have what it takes to win the $100,000 Ultimate Bracket Challenge, where the more winners you choose, the bigger you win. Make up to $10,000 for first place, or correctly predict 60 out of 63 games and win the $100,000 Bracket Bonus! Don’t miss the hoop hysteria at The Zone, Reno’s March Mania Headquarters, complete with giant screen viewing, stadium seating and food and drink specials.

Eldorado Hotel Casino

Now through March 18, March Madness 2012 is sweeping across the Eldorado. Take advantage of the slam dunk room rates starting at $89 for the weekend, or upgrade to a suite with the “Suite Escape,” starting at $139. On the casino floor, enjoy $25 daily unlimited drink badges along with special food stations, and you won’t miss a single jump shot or layup with more the 150 HDTVs viewing every game. Be sure to enter your March Madness bracket for a shot a $10,000, or make over 60 correct picks and win the $100,000 Bracket Buster Challenge!

Peppermill Resort Spa Casino

The Peppermill wants to hook you and three guests up with the Hoops Hysteria Four for Four VIP Package, including:

• Two-night stay in a Tuscany Suite
• $200 Dining Credit to your choice of 10 restaurants
• Cover, Table and Bottle Service Friday or Saturday night at EDGE nightspot

Enter for your chance to win and watch the NCAA Division College Basketball Finals in VIP style at the Peppermill Sportsbook.


Positively in the Playoffs: Reno Bighorns hit the big time

Candace Spiers handles travel arrangements for the Reno BighornsI think I know what Jack Nicholson feels like when he sits court-side at a Laker’s game.  Easter Sunday we had front row seats as the Reno Bighorns beat the Tulsa 66ers 105 to 88 at home.   Several times I thought a player might land in our lap; we were that close!

An exciting game, but the best part was sitting next to Candace Spiers and her husband Ken Fernandes.  Candace handles the travel arrangements for the Reno Bighorns and the Reno Aces.  With the Bighorns in the playoffs, and the Aces starting their season this week, she has her hands full.  I asked her what it was like being a travel agent for a professional basketball team.  “It’s the most fun I’ve had in the travel business in years,” she said.  She often finds herself at the airport, helping the players check in and getting boarding passes.  She loves the job, but says it’s the players that make it special.  “They’re not your typical celebrity types, they’re all so easy going,” she explains.

This Thursday the Reno Aces play their season opener against the Fresno Grizzlies, and Saturday, the Reno Bighorns play their first-ever playoff game when they take on Rio Grande Valley.  The season overlap will have Candace scrambling.  “Let’s just say I’m not going to have a whole lot of sleep, and neither is anyone who works for the Reno Aces or the Bighorns!”

Candace says she’s very proud of the teams and the way they bring people together in Northern Nevada.   And she’s looking forward to Thursday’s  Aces game, and Saturday’s Bighorns game.  An added bonus:  both teams are playing at home.

March Basketball Tournament Madness in Reno Tahoe

ncaa march madnessCatch the NCAA Basketball Tournament Madness in Reno Tahoe. Several local hotel-casinos are offering killer promotions and specials to basketball enthusiasts.


Watch the key match-ups on the Atlantis Race & Sports Book’s huge 13’ screens, and catch all your favorite teams on dozens of 51” HD flat-screens throughout the tournament!
The Atlantis offers three ways to win cash and prizes, as well as great food and drink specials at the Sports Bar & Lounge! Swipe your Club Paradise card at the promotional kiosks in the Race & Sports Book, March 15 – 17, to enter to win FREE Slot Play. You will be assigned a team in the tournament, and receive FREE Slot Play for each round your team wins! You will keep that team for as long as it is in the tournament, and FREE Slot Play values will increase if your team keeps winning. Don’t miss out on the Upset Special drawings, which will continue through the first two rounds of tournament play. Each time an underdog beats a higher-seeded team, in the first two rounds, we will give out $100! Get your name in the drawing drum by wagering $100 on college basketball. Place your bets from March 15 –21, on a maximum of 10 tickets. You can also win cold hard cash without ever making a bet! Get in on Atlantis’ online bracket contest by registering at, and filling out your 64-team bracket online! One-hundred winners will take home their share of $2,500, with the top finisher cashing in on $1,000! Sign up online beginning March 14.

Club Cal Neva

Club Cal Neva March 18 – 21, 2010.
Watch the tournament action casino-wide including two 20 foot big screen HD TV’s!  Check out the Sportsbook voted #1 by locals year-after-year and bet on hundreds of NCAA wagers.
Don’t miss “Beat the Leprechaun,” a $2,250 free throw challenge.  Make an NCAA wager of $10 or more and get one free throw against the Leprechaun. Win =5 drawing tickets; Tie= 3 drawing tickets; Lose=1 drawing ticket. Drawings at 8p.m. Thursday – Saturday with $500 and $250 action chips.
Take advantage of the madness and join the excitement while you “Pop-A-Shot” at the shot station and barber chair.   Take a seat in the shot chair while a beautiful woman will pour down your favorite libation.

Forecast: calling for a whiteout

unr whiteoutThere is a storm brewing for tonight’s game and the official weather forecast is calling for a whiteout.

This special offer is targeted to the first Wolf Pack men’s game of the tournament scheduled for today at 6:00 p.m. All fans that purchase a ticket or already have a ticket to that game can pick up a free WAC Whiteout t-shirt.  Fans can bring their tickets to Fuddruckers in Sparks or Silver and Blue Outfitters at Meadowood Mall in Reno to receive their free shirt to wear to the tournament.

“We realize how tough the last several months have been for the local region weathering the economic downturn, said University of Nevada Athletic Director Cary Groth. “The WAC tournament is a chance for the community to rally together and celebrate our pride.  We think the printing on the shirts say it all, One Community, One Pack!”

“It was a competitive process to secure the WAC Tournament for the last two years and we want to ensure that all fans traveling to the region have a great experience”, said RSCVA President and CEO Ellen Oppenheim. “Still we want to ensure that the Wolf Pack enjoy a true home court advantage.  Nothing says that better than a packed-full Lawlor Events center with loud fans wearing white t-shirts.”

Quantities of the WAC Whiteout t-shirts are limited.  In addition to Fuddruckers and Silver and Blue Outfitters, Cub Country will be hosting a remote at the University student Union before the game and shirts will be available there from 4-6 while supplies last.

A variety of ticket options are available for fans wanting to attend the 2010 WAC Tournament.  These include; all session passes, providing a ticket to every game of the tournament; single session passes, which include two games in each session; to the Nevada 3-Pack which guarantees the same great seat for all Wolf Pack games through the championships.  WAC Tournament ticket prices are as affordable as $15 for women’s single sessions and $25 for men’s single sessions.  A variety of special discounts are also available.  Please visit

WAC basketball: Get your WAC Three-Pack

logo1The Western Athletic Conference men’s and women’s basketball tournament starts next week (March 10-14), so it’s time to get your tickets.

In addition to single-game and full-session passes, the tournament is offering a WAC Three-Pack so attendees will receive the same seat for the men’s quarterfinals (afternoon or evening session), semifinals and championship.

Fans who purchase the Three-Pack get a discount of $10 to $15 depending on whether they are attending women’s or men’s games.

To purchase a WAC Three-Pack or tickets to any of the WAC tournament games, call the Lawlor Events Center Ticket Office at (775)348-7225 or visit online at

Pep rally: Get pumped for the WAC basketball tourney

logo1The Western Athletic Conference Men’s and Women’s basketball tournament is coming to the University of Nevada and we’re getting ready with a hometown celebration for Wolf Pack fans.

A pep rally sponsored by Best Buy and Scheels will be held at the Legends at Sparks Marina destination retail center March 1, 11 a.m. to noon. The Nevada Wolf Pack men’s and women’s coaches, cheerleaders, dance squad, band, and mascots will be on hand to celebrate. The rally will also be the first opportunity for fans have to purchase single-session tickets and obtain the best seats available for the tournament being held March 10-14 at Lawlor Events Center.

The WAC tourney champions get an automatic bid to the NCAA men’s and women’s tournaments, so come out and support the teams – and bring the kids along to meet their heroes!

  • WHERE:
    In front of the new Best Buy located at the Legend’s at Sparks Marina. Take the Sparks Boulevard exit off Interstate 80 and had north to the first light. Take a left and follow the signs to Scheels and Best Buy.
  • WHEN:
    Sunday, March 1 from 11 a.m.-noon

For more information on the tournament, visit the WAC tournament page online.

Western Athletic Conference basketball tourney coming to Reno

logo1Join the excitement and support your team in Reno-Tahoe during the 2009 Western Athletic Conference basketball tournament March 10-14. The University of Nevada, Reno is host school this year to one of the most exciting college basketball tournaments in the country. Each WAC school is assigned a sponsor hotel, so the team and fans can stay together and play together …

While you’re here, enjoy all that Reno, Sparks and Lake Tahoe has to offer with Nevada-style gaming, entertainment and nightlife. During the day, downtown Reno is a shoppers’ paradise, complete with boutiques, a Riverwalk district along the Truckee River and tons of tourism distractions. Or hit up the campus at UNR to get the feel of one of the West’s historic educational institutions.

Springtime in Reno-Tahoe is a nature lovers delight – it is a walkable city that boasts consistent sun and mild temperatures, and features miles of trails as well as must-see destinations such as Lake Tahoe and Virginia City, all within an hour drive. Springtime in the Reno-Tahoe outdoors offers the chance to golf and ski – even in the same day! Check out all that Reno-Tahoe has to offer and plan your trip online at We’ll see you at tourney.

Getting to Reno-Tahoe is easy:

  • From Boise, Idaho:
    For those who choose to drive, Boise is approximately 7 hours door-to-door from to Reno, taking Highway 95 south before merging with Interstate 80 West in Winnemucca, Nev. From 80, take to the Downtown Reno exit. From here the Peppermill Hotel Casino is located within a 10-minute drive.
    Several carriers offer one-stop service from Boise Airport to Reno-Tahoe International Airport.
  • From Hawaii:
    Reno-Tahoe International Airport offers flight service to most major markets, and one-stop service from Honolulu.
    From the airport, the Eldorado Hotel Casino is a short 10-minute shuttle ride, and conveniently located within the downtown Reno casino corridor.
  • From Fresno, Calif.
    For those who choose to make the drive to Reno-Tahoe, the trip from Fresno takes approximately four hours. Take California’s Highway 99 north to Sacramento and merge with Interstate 80 East. Travel over the crest of the Sierra Nevada and cross the state line before dropping into Reno. From 80, take to the Downtown Reno exit. The Silver Legacy Resort Casino is located within the downtown Reno casino corridor.
  • From Moscow, Idaho:
    Direct and one-stop flights are available to Reno-Tahoe International Airport from Spokane International Airport.
    From the airport, the Eldorado Hotel Casino is a short 10-minute shuttle ride, and conveniently located within the downtown Reno casino corridor.
  • From Ruston, La.:
    One-stop flights are available to Reno-Tahoe International Airport from Shreveport Regional Airport.
    From the airport, the Eldorado Hotel Casino is a short 10-minute shuttle ride, and conveniently located within the downtown Reno casino corridor.
  • From Las Cruces, N.M.:
    One-stop flights are available to Reno-Tahoe International Airport from El Paso International Airport in El Paso, Texas.
    From the airport, the Peppermill Hotel Casino Resort is a short 10-minute shuttle ride, and conveniently located near area attractions.
  • From San Jose, Calif.:
    For those who choose to drive, San Jose is approximately 4 hours door-to-door from to Reno, taking Interstate 680 north before merging with Interstate 80 East.
    From 80, take to the Downtown Reno exit. From here the Peppermill Hotel Casino is within a 10-minute drive.
    Daily direct flights from San Jose International Airport to Reno-Tahoe International Airport are also available.
  • From Logan, Utah:
    For those who choose to drive, Logan, Utah is approximately 6 hours door-to-door to Reno, taking Interstate 15 south before merging with Interstate 80 west in Salt Lake City.
    From 80, take to the Downtown Reno exit. From here the Peppermill Hotel Casino is within a 10-minute drive.
    Direct flights from Salt Lake International Airport to Reno-Tahoe International Airport are also available.

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Harlem Globetrotters in Reno Jan. 20

scooterspecialk300The legendary Harlem Globetrotters are bringing their 2009 “Spinning the Globe” World Tour to Reno’s Lawlor Events Center on Tuesday, Jan. 20 with their unique brand of family fun.

Fans will be captivated by the Globetrotters’ basketball wizardry, hilarious antics and fan interaction, all presented by some of the world’s greatest athletes and entertainers, such as the reigning “Clown Prince of Basketball,” Big Easy Lofton; dribbling sensation Flight Time Lang; the gravity-defying Hi Rise Brown; ball handling extraordinaire Handles Franklin; fan favorite General Grant; and 7-foot 4-inch Skyscraper Alleyne.

Tickets start at $15 and are available at the Lawlor Events Center box office and online at  Individual ticket information can also be found on the Harlem Globetrotters’ Web site, as well as info on group and scout tickets.

Now in their 83rd consecutive season of touring the world, the Harlem Globetrotters have played in 120 countries on six continents, entertaining over 128 million fans and crossing barriers between cultures, societies and people from all walks of life.