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Tips for Pac-12 WBB Tournament -- Mandalay Bay -- March 5-8, 2020

Planning Tips for Pac-12 WBB Tournament (March 7-10, 2019)


Quick Overview:

  • The Pac-12 WBB Tournament will be in Vegas for 2019 and 2020.
  • The Pac-12 has a WBB Tournament Central Page (link).   You'll eventually see the filled brackets there, with details.
  • The Pac-12 WBB Tournament runs from Thursday AM of March 7th through Sunday evening of March 10th.  The Top 4 in the conference standings will skip the first round (Thursday) games, so hopefully that applies to us Ducks.   
  • The WBB Games will be in the MGM Grand's Garden Arena.
  • Do you have any Additions or corrections?  You can contact stevec.fbc@gmail.com


Extra Oregon Events:

  • (We don't have any events here.   We heard from the Alumni assn, that they have no event planned)

Game Tickets:

  • From Oregon: The Oregon ticket office told me they have their allotment of tickets that are in the Oregon fan group area. (You can try asking the MKA ticket office before our games.  Supposedly the tickets are online, but I didn't see them. Or contact the Duck Ticket Office: 9am-5pm Mon-Fri | 800-WEB-FOOT | 541-346-4461 | tickets@uoregon.edu)
  • From Pac-12. (link) (They sell 'All Session' tickets, both Reserved and G/A, as well as individual games.  A reserved, All-Session ticket runs $125, plus about $35 in fees)


Travel Tips:

  • Fly from Eugene:
    • Direct: The only direct flight from Eugene to Vegas is via Allegiant (~2 hours flight time).  This is a quirky, budget airline (with extra fees) and they only fly the route on certain days  (Fly to Vegas Friday night and return on Monday night).   Be aware that you'd miss all the Thursday and Friday games!  
    • With Stops: Other options from Eugene fly through SFO/PDX/SLC/LAX and take at least 4-6h.
  • Fly from Portland: PDX has more options for direct flights at a variety of prices.
  • Other Options: It makes a long drive via car (~14-16h).  The Bus takes ~24h, and the Train takes ~forever.


Lodging (MGM, main link)

  • The MGM is definitely the center of the WBB Tournament.   If there's any extra Oregon events (send-offs with The Duck, bands, cheer, etc), they'll likely be somewhere in the MGM. 
  • The MGM itself has a very wide range of lodging and rates, though isn't an inexpensive hotel. Be aware you will pay a ~$42-per-day Resort fee (in addition to taxes) on top of the posted room rates.
  • The main hotel building has 4,293 rooms, and 751 suites.  There are 'The Signature' towers -- 3 towers, each with 576 suites.   There are also other high-end options like the SKYLOFTS and The Mansion.
  • Here is MGM's Property Map (link)
  • We can all appreciate MGM for their brilliant color scheme --  A lovely green building with yellow lettering:


Lodging (Non-MGM)

  • The MGM is close to New York, New York (somewhat cheaper), and the Tropicana (much cheaper). There are pedestrian bridges from the MGM across the traffic to those two.
  • The options are endless, if you're open to longer walks, travel, or Monorail (mentioned below).  Some of you will want to stay close-by, but others may want to stay off the main strip.
  • The Pac-12 Tickets page does have a link for allegedly 'Discounted Hotel Packages'. 


City Travel includes the Monorail:

  • You can taxi/Uber/Lyft to get around, but be aware that there's a Monorail station inside the MGM very close to our Arena (monorail map link).
  • The Monorail only has 7 stops, but runs often and gives an easy connection between the MGM Arena (for our WBB games) and other 6 other locations with lodging/food/events (Flamingo, Harrahs/Linq, etc).   
  • Monorail cost ranges from $5 per-ride to $36 for a 4-day pass.


If you can't make it to Vegas!

  • The games will be televised (Mostly on Pac-12 Networks, with the championship game on ESPN/ESPN2)

  • Hopefully the Ducks earn the chance to host NCAA's postseason games and attend the Portland super-regional where more of us can attend.  We'll have some March Madness planning tips, when we know more.