2015 PAC-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament Parking Guide


The 2015 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada. The city is full of amazing events going on and the tournament is held right on strip at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. A nice thing about Vegas is that many of the hotels allow non-residents of the hotel to park in their garage, often times for only a small fee. This will mark the 3rd consecutive year that the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada will host the Pac-12 men’s basketball tournament. While parking for these types of events can get tricky, the abundance of garages in Vegas will offer many solutions for individuals coming to watch the tournament.

Where is the most convenient place to park at the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament?

Just 0.27 miles away from the Arena is the MGM Grand parking garage. This garage is open 24 hours a day and visitors can park here for free. Like many garages, there is the opportunity for self-park, or valet parking. This garage can be accessed from the Strip, from Tropicana Avenue or from Koval Lane.

Another option is the Strip Lot, located at 3755 South Las Vegas Boulevard. Unlike the garage at MGM Grand, parking in this lot is a flat rate of $5, Monday through Sunday. Being only an eight minute walk from the arena makes this a very suitable lot for those in need of a parking spot.

The Excalibur Hotel & Casino also offers parking for residents and non-residents of the hotel. This lot is also free, but is a 16 minute walk from the exquisite arena. Since it is only three stories, it is regarded as one of the smaller garages in the Las Vegas area. If you like your car being in the shade, then park it here, as opposed to the Excalibur’s open surface lot which is only eight minutes from the arena.

Located at 3725 South Las Vegas Boulevard and only 10 minutes from the arena is the Harley Davidson Las Vegas Café parking garage. From Monday to Sunday, it costs $5 to park here for 12 hours, but $10 to park in this establishment for the full 24 hours. It goes without saying that this lot, like almost all others in Vegas, is open 24 hours a day.

Can I park overnight at the Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament?

There is also another garage owned by ABM Parking services at 3663 Las Vegas Boulevard South. It only takes 14 minutes to walk from the garage to the arena. This is actually one of few garages that aren’t open 24 hours a day. Use the following table to see their hours of operation:

Monday-Thursday 10am – 11pm
Friday 10am – 1am
Saturday 10am – 1am
Sunday 10am – 11pm

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is an underground parking garage with four levels, B2-B5. The Cosmopolitan is regarded as one of the coolest garages in Vegas. There is a light on the ceiling above each space that either lights up green or red depending on if the spot is occupied or not. As you approach each floor, a digital display indicates how many spots are available on that particular floor.

While this guide touched on a few parking garages, there are countless others that provide the same services that these can offer. Of the aforementioned garages, the Cosmopolitan seems like one



Seeing Once the Musical for the first time in Austin

Last night I went to see Once at Bass Concert Hall, and it is safe to say that it is my new favorite broadway show. The musical talent was just unbelievable. The entire cast could not only sing beautifully, but also acted as the orchestra for every song that was played. The set was simple and there were no major set changes, but this show didn’t need it. The music alone captivated not only me but the entire audience. All of the songs in this musical were absolutely amazing, but my favorite was by far Falling Slowly. It is played in both Act 1 and Act 2. You’ll love it.

Once is a part of Broadway Across America and have shows in over 19 cities for the remainder of 2015. If you have the opportunity to go, I highly recommend seeing it at least once. (Pun intended)



Fan Friday: Ice Cream!

Here at TicketCity, we are HUGE sports fans. But we aren’t just one-dimensional, we are fans of lots of other things too! So we bring you Fan Friday, where we survey our team on random other things that we are fans of. This week: ICE CREAM!

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Matt L Breyer’s Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups because Reese’s are hands down the best dessert that exist.
Kelsea R Cookies and Cream from Blue Bell due to the unique combination it stimulates in regards to my olfactory and gustatory senses. There are hundreds of olfactory receptors each binding to a particular molecular feature. Odor molecules possess a variety of features and, thus, excite specific receptors more or less strongly. This is significantly more than those of taste receptors and thus the sweet aroma of chocolate splendidly compliments the aldehydes and ketones that are produced in the sweet cream base of the frozen treat. So basically, it tastes good.
Kerry S Chocolate because you can never ever go wrong with a classic.
Megan G Old fashion Vanilla Ice Cream. It’s all you need! Cold, simple and sweet!!
Ryan B Blue Bell Strawberry.  It’s the absolute perfect combination of strawberries and ice-cream.
Ryan H Mixing ice cream and alcohol is the only way to go. That’s the reason I really enjoy Jeni’s Whiskey & Pecan Ice Cream. It is a perfect combination of aged bourbon whiskey and pecan flavor.
Chris A Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream / because its awesome and seasonal, so I can only get it a couple of months a year.
Ian D Ben & Jerry’s Half Baked – Brownies and cookie dough? C’mon
Zach A Mexican Vanilla @ Amy’s Ice Cream.  Because it’s awesome.
Ashley K Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla – it’s the only legit vanilla ice cream around.


So now we want to know, what kind of ice cream are you a fan of?