Winter is Coming, and so is VEGAS!!!!!
It’s about that time of year when we have to start thinking about the important things in life. It’s the start of 2017 and a new semester, and there are many decisions coming our way. Whether you’re a Senior savoring the last moments of your college career and deciding what the real world will look like or you still think college lasts forever (cough-Juniors-cough), I have good news for you: VEGAS IS COMING!!!!
Yes – it is finally time to start planning for the WCC Tournament, one of the many great Zag traditions. We will cover the details through this blog and answer any questions you many have along the way.
So, let’s get to it. Here’s what you need to know to get started:
- Talk to your professors. Hopefully this is old news, but this year’s tournament dates are Saturday March 4th through Tuesday, March 7th, which is the week before spring break. Fortunately, Zags do not give up easily, and we will still be keeping the tradition alive. With that said, let your professors know that you will be gone immediately at the start of the semester. Plan early, schedule your tests the week before, do whatever you need to do, just don’t wait until the last minute (I hear Vegas isn’t the most optimal studying location).
- Flights. If you haven’t already, book them. Like right now. To get the most out of the trip, plan on arriving in Vegas on Saturday and leaving Wednesday morning.
- Hotel. This year, we will be staying at The Mirage Hotel & Casino. Amenities include a dolphin habitat, an outdoor pool, an indoor saltwater aquarium, popular comedy, and live performances, several bars and lounges, a spa, a shopping area and multiple dining options. Yes, I copied that from their website. But seriously, this place is awesome. It is known for its extravagant pools and even features a Euro-style Bare Pool Lounge, ya know, if you’re into that sort of thing.
As far as rooms go, we have a hotel block reserved and will send out the group code link. Vegas hotels can get very pricey, but we were able to work out a deal for our group, which is much cheaper than booking a hotel on your own. Here is the price breakdown and average per night:
- Saturday, March 4th: $160
- Sunday, March 5th: $130
- Monday, March 6th: $160
- Tuesday, March 7th: $290
- Average: $185/night
Something important to note: These prices are only for the rooms. Vegas hotels charge a $30/night resort fee, which covers things like the pools and internet, as well as 12% tax, so keep this in mind. You will also receive two “complimentary welcome amenities” (don’t know what that means, but hey, sounds cool) as well as two complimentary round trip airport transfers.
- Vegas Social Club Packs. Now we’re talking. Packs are $85 for Kennel Club members *(you do not need to be in Social Club) and $99 for recent alumni. Check your emails for the link to purchase. Here’s what they include:
- Access to 4 of the best nightclubs in Vegas. No cover charge. No extra charge for the performer. Ratio doesn’t matter (you’re welcome gentlemen). We just give you a wristband and you get in. Here’s the schedule:
- Saturday: 1 Oak at The Mirage (hey, that’s convenient)
- Sunday: Hakkasan at MGM Grand
- Monday: Marquee at The Cosmopolitan
- Tuesday: Omnia at Caesars Palace.
- Pre-game socials with alumni (3 total). I know adults can be weird, but when they’re all Zags and are giving you free drink tickets (and who knows maybe a job…) they can be a lot of fun. In all seriousness, these socials are a blast and there’s no better way to prepare for the games than hanging out with thousands (not exaggerating) of crazy Zag fans. If you’re not already sold, you also get free drink tickets and unlimited food.
*if you are not a Kennel Club member, you can still purchase a membership at gonzaga.edu/kennelclub
Tickets. Ticket information will be coming out from the Ticket Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) as the tournament gets closer. Games will be on Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday. Times and how much we win by – TBD.
Whew. That was a lot. But hey, it’s an important time of year and this is important stuff. Keep an eye out for more emails/blog posts as Vegas gets closer. In the meantime, don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions/concerns or if you just really want to get off your chest how excited you are for Vegas.
That’s all for now. Roll Zags.
Social Club & Vegas Coordinator, Kennel Club