MGM Resorts Main Event Announced For T-Mobile Arena On Nov. 20/22

UNLV to play four games next season on The Strip at T-Mobile Arena and MGM Grand

LAS VEGAS (July 31, 2017) – The hometown UNLV Runnin’ Rebels and Pac-12 power Utah will headline the field for the MGM Resorts Main Event which will be played on Nov. 20-22 at T-Mobile Arena. Utah will face Ole Miss in the opening round of the Main Event while UNLV battles Rice in the first of four games on the Las Vegas Strip for the Runnin’ Rebels which also will play two games at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
 
The Main Event tips off on Monday, Nov. 20 with UNLV-Rice at 7 p.m. PT followed by Utah-Ole Miss at 9:30 p.m. in the Heavyweight Bracket. The Heavyweight consolation game is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. with the championship game to follow at 9:30 p.m. Eastern Kentucky, Eastern Washington, Georgia State and Prairie View A&M will compete in the Middleweight Bracket in the afternoon session on both days (11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. game times).
 
“In our first year of operations, T-Mobile Arena has become a highly sought-after venue on the Las Vegas sports scene and has solidified its place as a first-class destination for college basketball,” said Rick Arpin, senior vice president of entertainment for MGM Resorts International. “The MGM Grand Garden Arena also has decades of basketball history and has always hosted a great crowd with terrific energy. We’re excited to welcome fans from all over the country as well as our local fans as the Runnin’ Rebels take the court at T-Mobile Arena and MGM Grand.”
 
UNLV will return to The Strip with two games while its home facility is unavailable due to the rodeo. The Runnin’ Rebels will play Oral Roberts at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 5 and then face Illinois on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 9 p.m. with both games being played at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The UNLV-Illinois game will benefit Coaches vs. Cancer, an initiative spearheaded by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (www.nabc.com) and the American Cancer Society (www.cancer.org). Last season, the Runnin’ Rebels opened T-Mobile Arena against Duke in the annual Coaches vs. Cancer event in Las Vegas.  
 
“We are excited to be playing in the Main Event at T-Mobile Arena and also against Oral Roberts and Illinois at the MGM Grand Garden Arena,” said UNLV coach Marvin Menzies. “Playing on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip is always a great experience for our team. We appreciate the great fan support we receive and are thrilled that our season ticket holders will have access to all of these games."
 
UNLV season ticket holders will receive tickets for all four games as part of its season ticket package. Tickets for all sessions of the MGM Resorts Main Event, UNLV-Oral Roberts and UNLV-Illinois go on public sale on Monday, July 31 at 10 a.m. PT and can be purchased at the T-Mobile Arena and MGM Grand box offices, AXS.com or by calling 888-9AXSTIX. Ticket information and hotel room information for Main Event can also be found at www.mgmresortsmainevent.com.
 
UNLV fans will also have the option to purchase a four-game ticket pack at a discounted price. Four-game packs will also go on public sale on Monday at 10 a.m. at the T-Mobile Arena and MGM Grand box offices, AXS.com or by calling 888-9AXSTIX. Full info and ticket information on the UNLV games can be found at www.runninrebelsonthestrip.com.
 
For group sales or sponsorship opportunities, interested parties should contact bd Global at 859-951-6141.
 
MGM Resorts Main Event Schedule
Monday, Nov. 20

  • Prairie View A&M vs. Eastern Kentucky – 11 a.m.
  • Georgia State vs. Eastern Washington – 1:30 p.m.
  • UNLV vs. Rice – 7 p.m.
  • Ole Miss vs. Utah – 9:30 p.m.
 
Wednesday, Nov. 22
  • Middleweight Bracket Consolation Game – 11 a.m.
  • Middleweight Bracket Championship Game – 1:30 p.m.
  • Heavyweight Bracket Consolation Game – 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
  • Heavyweight Bracket Championship Game – 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
 
All games are at T-Mobile Arena; all times are Pacific.
 
About bd Global:
bd Global, LLC is a representation, event management, and public relations firm operating on an international platform within the sports marketing industry. bdG manages multiple college basketball and college hockey events in the United States each season with events in Southwest Florida, Houston, Las Vegas and Vancouver, as well as two Web.com Tour events in The Bahamas. For more information, visit www.bdglobalsports.com or follow on @bdGlobalSports on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
 
About T-Mobile Arena:
T-Mobile Arena, the new 20,000-seat venue located on the Las Vegas Strip between New York-New York and Monte Carlo, opened April 6, 2016. The arena hosts more than 100 events annually including major headline entertainment, awards shows, UFC, boxing, basketball and other sporting events, family shows and special events.  This fall T-Mobile Arena will welcome the Vegas Golden Knights, a National Hockey League expansion team and the city’s first professional sports team. The city’s newest landmark features 50 luxury suites, more than two dozen private loge boxes, complete broadcast facilities, and other specially designed exclusive hospitality offerings and fan amenities destined to create a guest experience second to none. Toshiba Plaza, an adjacent two-acre outdoor entertainment space, features performance stages, a variety of video screens and other interactive content and display areas. Industry-leading architect Populous designed T-Mobile Arena to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s standards for LEED® Gold Certification. T-Mobile Arena is a privately funded joint venture between AEG and MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM).  For more information, visit the T-Mobile Arena website at www.t-mobilearena.com.
 
About Coaches vs. Cancer:
The Coaches vs. Cancer program empowers coaches, their teams, and communities to join the fight against cancer by participating in awareness efforts, advocacy programs, and fundraising activities. Guided by the Coaches vs. Cancer Council, participating coaches help people with cancer today and to find cures to end the disease tomorrow, and have raised more than $100 million to help the American Cancer Society’s mission.

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Media Contacts:
Jon Albaugh | bd Global | 859.492.6794 | jda@bdglobalsports.com
Scott Ghertner/Katharine Sherrer | MGM Resorts International | 702.692.6700 | sghertner@mgmresorts.com / ksherrer@mgmresorts.com   
 

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