So you're thinking about the MWC Tournament?
What is the MWC Tournament and Why is it so great?
The MWC Tournament has been played since the year 2000 and almost exclusively at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas (UNLV) except for three years when it was hosted in Denver at the Pepsi Center. The Men's and Women's teams of all 11 Schools play a single elimination tournament over a 7 day tournament. Women's teams start on Sunday with a Wednesday Championship and the Men's games start Wednesday with a Saturday Championship. The day before Selection Sunday, but we'll save that for next time. The top 5 teams are awarded a first round bye, while teams 6-11 play day one. The remaining 8 teams play day 2 in the quarterfinals, day 3 is the semi finals, followed by the championship game.
So What's the Big Deal?
Check out these memories and try not being excited, I dare you!
So What's the Problem?
There's no problem, but it's not just as easy as a normal sporting event to buy one ticket and your're set. Some planning ahead can go a long way and that's part of the reason I put this together. So let's look at the ticket options, travel, and lodging, then we can get back to the fun stuff!
This can be the trickiest part, it definitely was for me the first time we went, but we can get through this! This was what actually motivated me to write this guide as you've got a few options that range in price, access, and flexibility. 6 out of 10 people who were going to the Tournament for the first time hadn't bought tickets yet and only 1 had an idea of what tickets they were buying so don't worry, you're not alone.
Expected game times at the bottom of the page.
Official Ticket Information
Nevada is excellent this year, but winning 3 games in 3 days can be extremely tough. Only 7 regular season champions have also won the tournament in the last 20 years. So that could play a factor in how you plan your weekend.
How our pollsters travel:
If you've never used airbnb, you can save a lot of money especially if you need more than one room. No resort fees, but you will have some cleaning fees. I haven't used one in Las Vegas, but I've had success other places.
Thomas and Mack Center
Getting to the Stadium
I can't find anything about the parking right now, but if I remember correctly you can pay cash there. Expect around $20 or so.
@BearitNV "Arrive early as the line to park can back up"
Ride Share or Cab: Many people mentioned this as their preferred option. Around $10 rides from the strip using Lyft or Uber.
At the Stadium:
Yes, Thomas and Mack serves alcohol.
Ryan says the Philly Cheesesteak is great, and Peggy says the vanilla soft serve cones are a treat!
Eliana Bernal @ebernal23 "Review the Thomas and Mack bag Policy"
Great reminder! It's small purse or clear bag, policy here -> Bag Policy
Bars and Restaurants Around Thomas and Mack:
Projecting Nevada's Games
Nevada locked in the #1 Seed Saturday night with a win over San Diego State and will play the following schedule if they advance.
Have fun, plan a little at least. Be proud and loud, but don't be that guy. Represent your University.
Let us know what you think or if we missed something! Go Pack!
Big thank you again to those who contributed!
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