Las Vegas, Nevada (February9, 2013 UPDATED)–Some of the biggest names in the sports and entertainment world will again descend on the legendary Shadow Creek from April 4-7 for the playing of the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational. Tickets are now on sale at the official event website, and Jordan is ready for the 3rd incarnation of the event in Las Vegas. Athletes and celebrities who played in 2012 included Jordan, Greg Maddux, Brandi Chastain, Wayne Gretzky, Drew Brees, and many more.  –By Brian Hurlburt

“2012’s event was an amazing weekend for the tournament’s guests, partners and fans," Jordan said in a statement. "As always, the hospitality at ARIA exceeded all expectations, and Shadow Creek proved as beautiful and challenging as ever. I’m excited for yet another successful tournament and look forward to spending time with friends while raising funds for some great causes.”

“ARIA and Shadow Creek are proud to host the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational for the tournament’s third year in Las Vegas,” said Bobby Baldwin, President and CEO of CityCenter. Shadow Creek is owned and operated by MGM Resorts International, the owners of ARIA and CityCenter “Opening Shadow Creek to the public for such a great cause is something we look forward to every year, and we’re excited to see Michael, his celebrity invitees and fans once again as they gather to raise funds and awareness for these important charities.”

Perennially ranked among Golf Week magazine’s Top 10 courses, Shadow Creek’s special environment is normally reserved solely for guests of MGM Resorts International.  Located in the midst of the barren Nevada desert, the Tom Fazio-designed Shadow Creek makes golfers feel they’ve been transported to another world with its natural beauty, rolling terrain, glistening brooks and ponds, spectacular waterfalls, lush gardens and mature trees. Shadow Creek is open for play to guests of any MGM Resorts International properties.

The first of two rounds of the Celebrity-Amateur Competition, which pair one celebrity golfer with four amateur participants, will take place Thursday, April 4 and Friday, April 5 at Shadow Creek. The MJCI two-person, 36-hole scramble format tournament begins Saturday, April 6 and includes only the competing celebrities. The second and final round of the MJCI will be played Sunday, April 7.  Additional festivities and events surrounding the Saturday and Sunday competition, as well as celebrity participants and guests, will be announced in the near future.

Prices are as follows: Daily General Admission Pass ($30/Thursday-Sunday). Weekly General Admission Pass ($100/Thursday-Sunday). Daily VIP Pass ($150/Thursday-Sunday). Weekly VIP Pass ($500/Thursday-Sunday)

Discounted tickets are available for military service members, senior citizens 65 years of age or older and college/university students with valid identification. Each group will receive 25 percent off of daily or weekly general admission tickets. Additionally, the tournament offers a “Bring the Kids for Free” general admission ticket pass, which provides access to Shadow Creek for youth 16 years of age and younger when accompanied by a general admission ticketed adult (up to two children per paid adult).

All ticketholders can enjoy a complimentary shuttle service between ARIA & Shadow Creek. Shuttles will depart every 30 minutes from ARIA’s North Valet entrance Thursday and Friday of the tournament from 6 a.m.-2 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 7 a.m.- 12 p.m. Continuous return service from Shadow Creek to ARIA will be provided until 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and  5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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