Reno Tahoe Meetings & Conventions

What's Happening Now

Grand Sierra Resort and Casino

Since 2012, Grand Sierra Resort and Casino (GSR) in Reno, Nev. has undergone a $30 million transformation with renovations to a majority of the property’s more than 2,000 resort rooms, the casino floor and dining establishments. Last year, the property also introduced a brand new William Hill Race and Sports Book and luxury spa. With newly renovated guestrooms, several premier restaurants, state-of-the-art amenities and over 200,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, GSR is among the top meeting and convention destinations in the West. By providing a combination of fun, relaxation and entertainment GSR makes it possible for guests to find everything they need without ever having to the leave the resort.

GSR is home to three delectable fine dining restaurants: Rim, a Pan-Asian bistro and sushi bar by premier restaurateur, Joe Wong; Charlie Palmer Steakhouse and Briscola, a beautiful presentation of classic Italian cuisine, each operated by renowned chef, Charlie Palmer. Guests may enjoy a full-dinner while sitting inside the steakhouse at the Charlie Palmer bar or inside the lounge where the atmosphere is also perfect for cocktails, appetizers and winding down. GSR also offers casual fare such as a full-service buffet, 24-hour café, The Cantina, and other assorted fast food venues.

Whether children are in attendance or not, there’s plenty of outdoor and indoor entertainment on the property, fit for adults and kids alike. GSR offers amenities including an 80,000 square-foot casino with the latest in new machines and gaming, an 1,800-seat Grand Theatre where top-tier artists and performances take place several times each month, a 50-lane bowling center, FunQuest family arcade, an outdoor aqua golf driving range, an outdoor pool including a full bar and the Grand Cinema. For those looking to rejuvenate, the brand new spa combines luxury with comfort and offers full hair, nail and massage services.

The assortment of nightlife venues at GSR allows guests to pick and choose what’s perfect for them. For a relaxing or romantic evening, The Reserve wine bar offers 80 high-quality wines to enjoy while winding down in its lavish armchairs; Wet Ultra Lounge features a live DJ every Friday and Saturday night and a new sports book that offers up an exciting country-themed atmosphere with a live DJ and line dancing on Fridays and Saturdays. This July, GSR will also open the doors to its unprecedented, 25,000 square-foot nightclub, LEX. This $15 million dollar investment will rival the country’s top nightlife as well as feature some of the country’s top entertainment acts. Complete with an indoor pool, 31 VIP tables and three bars, LEX is promised to provide an unforgettable night out.

When considering convention destinations, GSR in Reno, Nev. should be at the top of the list. No other resort in Reno has over 200,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, more than 2,000 guestrooms, and top-notch restaurants and amenities that make this property so unique. GSR’s commitment to establish itself as northern Nevada’s premier destination has proven to provide an elegant escape and experience for guests that simply can’t be found elsewhere.


The 2014 National Club Volleyball Federation Club Volleyball Championships continue through Saturday, April 5, at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. The national tournament brings both men’s and women’s teams from Division I, Division II, and Division III competition levels. A national champion will be awarded in each division.

Competition will continue through 8:30 p.m. on Friday, April 4th, with elimination brackets beginning at 8:00 a.m. Saturday, April 5th, and continue all day, with the championship matches taking place between 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Saturday night. For more information on the tournament, head to the NCVF website,, or contact Jason Curnalia at (520) 425-6357.@willwhite

The NCVF Club Volleyball Championships kicks off a busy month for volleyball in northern Nevada. More than 1,000 additional volleyball teams will be in the area starting April 12th, when the Northern California Volleyball Association Far Western National Qualifier Tournament returns.


The 2014 Junior Pan American Weightlifting Championships begin today at the Silver Legacy Resort Casino in Reno. USA Weightlifting is hosting 11 other countries in this international competition of the 200 top weightlifters from 15 to 20-years-old.

What: 2014 Junior Pan American Weightlifting Championships

Where: Silver Legacy Resort Casino

When: Wednesday, April 2nd – Sunday, April 6th

View the schedule, and watch the competition streaming live, at:


The 111th United States Bowling Congress Open Championships is now underway at the National Bowling Stadium in downtown Reno!

Marking a record 12th visit to Reno Tahoe, the 2014 tournament will draw more than 9,000 teams, representing nearly 50,000 bowlers from all 50 states and many foreign countries. Additionally, more than 22,000 guests will visit Reno Tahoe throughout the tournament, which runs through July 13th.

“Reno Tahoe USA is proud to host the USBC Open Championships once again, and we’re already looking forward to its return in 2016,” said RSCVA President and CEO Christopher Baum. “The National Bowling Stadium made USBC history last year hosting both the Open Championships and the Women’s Championships in the same year, and it is a thrill and an honor to continue our tradition of excellence as we welcome back both tournaments in 2014.”

The USBC Women’s Championships begin this April on specially constructed lanes at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. The Women’s Championships are expected to draw more than 25,000 visitors, bowlers and guests during the three-month tournament.


The United States Bowling Congress has provided competitive bowlers with more than 100 years of national tournaments in unique venues, and the organization will build on that tradition with the introduction of the USBC Mixed in 2015.

Mixed USBC Logo Suite CMYKThe new USBC national tournament will debut alongside the 2015 USBC Women’s Championships at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nev., and will include a variety of average-based divisions to attract bowlers of all ages and abilities.

The Mixed, which will run from April 10 through June 30, 2015, will feature four-player mixed teams, mixed doubles and open singles competition. Just like the Women’s Championships, bowlers will be divided into four team and six doubles/singles divisions that will have them competing only against bowlers of similar skill levels.

The event was designed with the understanding that packing up your bowling equipment and flying across the country to compete in a national tournament against tens of thousands of bowlers can be intimidating for any USBC member, so there is a greater emphasis on fun.

As a competitive stepping stone for USBC members, The Mixed will give bowlers a chance to enjoy the experience of traveling to compete and get a taste of competition on the national stage, but with convenient squad times, low entry fees and a friendly, laid-back environment.

“We’ve created The Mixed as a way to reach a different segment of our membership and get more bowlers interested in tournament competition,” said Brian Lewis, USBC Managing Director of Tournaments. “They’ll be able to visit exciting cities, enjoy our great venues, and, of course, win a little prize money. It has been a long time since we’ve had a true mixed event, and we’re looking forward to adding to our diverse menu of events.”

The Mixed will entice couples to travel and bowl together as well as give the men who accompany Women’s Championships participants to town a chance to compete and maybe earn some prize money of their own.

Women’s Championships bowlers will have the opportunity to compete in both great national tournaments for the price of one trip, while newcomers and Open Championships regulars can experience additional cities and custom tournament venues.

Competitors at The Mixed will bowl three games in each event – team, doubles and singles. The cost will be $44 per event, consistent with the Women’s Championships price structure, but there will not be an all-events option at The Mixed.

Team events at The Mixed will share the lanes with the Women’s Championships during its 7 p.m. time slot on select days, allowing newcomers to also share in the squad room and march out experience. Doubles and singles competition at The Mixed will be held on segregated lanes.

Bowlers may bowl in the team event twice, provided that no more than two players are the same. Re-entry also may be allowed in mixed doubles and open singles.

Advance entries for the team event at The Mixed will be accepted online beginning June 3, 2014, and captains will be contacted via phone or email to schedule doubles and singles. On-site entries also will be accepted based on availability.

The Mixed will accompany the Women’s Championships to Las Vegas in 2016 as the first major USBC events to be held in the new 60-lane bowling arena at South Point Hotel and Casino, which is under construction. With the Open Championships headed there for the first time in 2017, The Mixed would provide male competitors with a sneak peek of the new facility, potentially on their way home from the 2016 Open Championships in Reno.


725 and above
574 and below

Mixed Doubles
Division 1: 380 and above
Division 2: 350-379
Division 3: 320-349
Division 4: 290-319
Division 5: 260-289
Division 6: 259 and below

Open Singles
Division 1: 190 and above
Division 2: 175-189
Division 3: 160-174
Division 4: 145-159
Division 5: 130-144
Division 6: 129 and below

For more information on the USBC Mixed, visit

Youth Wildlife Conservation Experience at the 2014 Sheep Show in Reno

January 23–25, the Wild Sheep Foundation is holding its biggest youth event of the year, the Youth Wildlife Conservation Experience. Families will enjoy many stations, including archery, a BB gun range, and even duck calling. There will be free raffles for kids, and keynote speakers from former USA Olympians and sheep conservationists. All ages are welcome and admission is FREE. The event will be from 10:00AM until 4:00PM, and visitors can show up and leave any time they want.


The Wild Sheep Foundation will be putting on The Sheep Show, January 23–25, at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. Admission to the sheep show is $15.00. Grab a $5.00 off coupon available at Cabela’s, Scolari’s food & Drug, Scheels, and Sportsman’s Warehouse. The Wild Sheep Foundation strives to educate the public about sheep conservation through safe and enjoyable methods.



The Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority will host the 10th Annual NBA Development League Showcase Presented by Samsung Galaxy at the Reno Events Center. The 2014 Showcase, which will feature all 17 NBA D-League teams, will run from January 5-9, 2014.

IMG_2819Conceived prior to the 2004-05 season, the NBA D-League Showcase Presented by Samsung Galaxy provides an opportunity for NBA D-League players and coaches to perform in front of key NBA decision makers over five consecutive days at one location. The City of Reno will play host to basketball operations executives from all 30 NBA teams who will attend games scouting top young NBA prospects.

Every game during the NBA D-League Showcase Presented by Samsung Galaxy will be broadcast on either CBS Sports Network, NBA TV or on the NBA’s D-League website. Games broadcast on national television are indicated in the schedule below.

2014 NBA D-League Showcase Presented by Samsung Galaxy Schedule

Sunday, Jan. 5

Delaware 87ers vs. Reno Bighorns, 2:30 p.m. (CBS SPORTS)

Bakersfield Jam vs. Sioux Falls Skyforce, 5:15 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 6

Idaho Stampede vs. Canton Charge, 10:00 a.m. (NBA TV)

Fort Wayne Mad Ants vs. Santa Cruz Warriors, 12:45 p.m. (NBA TV)

Austin Toros vs. Erie BayHawks, 3:30 p.m.

Sioux Falls Skyforce vs. Los Angeles D-Fenders, 6:30 p.m. (CBS SPORTS)

Tuesday, Jan. 7

Canton Charge vs. Texas Legends, 10:00 a.m. (NBA TV)

Iowa Energy vs. Bakersfield Jam, 12:45 p.m. (NBA TV)

Maine Red Claws vs. Austin Toros, 3:30 p.m.

Los Angeles D-Fenders vs. Tulsa 66ers, 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 8

Erie BayHawks vs. Idaho Stampede, 10:00 a.m. (NBA TV)

Rio Grande Valley Vipers vs. Maine Red Claws, 12:45 p.m. (NBA TV)

Tulsa 66ers vs. Fort Wayne Mad Ants, 3:30 p.m.

Reno Bighorns vs. Springfield Armor, 7:00 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 9

Texas Legends vs. Delaware 87ers, 10:00 a.m. (NBA TV)

Santa Cruz Warriors vs. Rio Grande Valley Vipers, 12:45 p.m. (NBA TV)

Springfield Armor vs. Iowa Energy, 3:30 p.m.

General Admission tickets are $10 and courtside tickets are $50, and tickets purchased at the Reno Events Center Box Office and the Silver Legacy Box Office are 2-for-1! The purchase of a single ticket grants all-day access to every game played on the date of purchase. Tickets can also be purchased online at For additional ticketing information, call Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000.

The NBA D-League is giving back to Showcase fans, offering exciting NBA tickets and merchandise packages to attendees over the course of the event. On Sunday, January 5th, a Jason Thompson autographed Sacramento Kings warm-up top will be given away with two tickets to see the Golden State Warriors take on the Washington Wizards. On Monday, January 6th, a 2013 Sacramento Kings draft hat signed by Ben McLemore will be handed out with two tickets to watch the Washington Wizards go head-to-head with the LA Clippers. Tuesday’s giveaway includes a Jimmer Fredette signed Kings Jersey and a pair of tickets to see the Indiana Pacers vs. LA Lakers. And the last giveaway, on Wednesday night, includes a framed photo signed by DeMarcus cousins of the Kings, and four tickets to an upcoming NBA game in Sacramento. All giveaways will be drawn at halftime of the last game each day. Winners must be present. Registration forms will be available each day on the concourse of the Reno Events Center.

For more information go to


The Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority announced today the 2013 U.S. Sports Congress will be held at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino from December 9-11, 2013. The three-day event will bring more than 140 senior level representatives from amateur sports organizations and governing bodies, as well as industry suppliers and competing destinations, to Reno Tahoe USA.

masthead“We are delighted to welcome the U.S. Sports Congress, and we are grateful for being selected as the host destination,” said RSCVA President and CEO Christopher Baum. “Reno Tahoe USA excels in catering to diverse sporting events of varying sizes, and having the key decision makers here presents an opportunity to further expand our profile in this industry.”

Representatives from USA Track and Field, USA Cycling, USA Gymnastics and other governing bodies under the umbrella of the United States Olympic Committee will also be in attendance.

Jon Killoran, CEO of the Reno Tahoe Winter Games Coalition echoes the importance of hosting sports industry conferences and meetings throughout the region.

“In pursuing our future Winter Games aspirations, we have spent years cultivating and nurturing relationships with sports industry stakeholders throughout the world,” said Killoran. “Having them hold their conferences and meetings here in an enjoyable and productive manner should lead to growing opportunities to bring high-level sports competitions to Reno Tahoe when they see all we have to offer.”

The U.S. Sports Congress will include a trade show, professional development sessions and off-site activities designed to showcase regional amenities to new and repeat visitors.

For more information on the 2013 U.S. Sports Congress, please visit

Eldorado Named a 2013 Best In Stay Hotel by Orbitz Customers

el dorado

RENO, Nev. (November 21, 2013) – The Eldorado Hotel Casino is the winner of the 2013 Orbitz Best in Stay Award for being the top-rated hotel in the Reno market.  The 2013 Orbitz Best In Stay Awards recognize best-in-class hotels in 75 top destinations around the world as well as cream of the crop domestic and international hotels in six categories (Value, Luxury, Couples, LGBT, Ski and All-Inclusive).

“At the Eldorado, we strive to always be the best – from our world-class service and friendly employees to our incredible food, exciting promotions and fantastic Broadway-style shows, we are committed to creating an excellent guest experience,” said Gene Carano, Vice President and General Manager of the Eldorado. “We’re thrilled to be recognized as the Best in Stay by Orbitz reviewers.”

Orbitz Best In Stay Award winners were selected based on the overall numeric score of nearly 300,000 hotel reviews submitted by Orbitz customers that have booked and stayed at hotels over the past year. Customers are asked to rate a variety of hotel attributes on a scale of 1 to 5, including amenities, maintenance, hotel staff, room comfort, location and value. Those ratings are supplemented by input from nearly 150 Orbitz hotel experts who factor in other market conditions, such as the number of reviews, frequency of booking and reputation of hotel staff.

“Finding the right hotel is an important part of the travel experience— whether it be its convenience to attractions or clients, amenities like a spa, pool or beach access, comforts like the room décor and dining or, of course, the overall value of what you get for the price,” said Peggy Bianco, group vice president of global hotel services for Orbitz. “Orbitz combines a great online and mobile shopping experience with the insight of over 1.4 million verified hotel reviews to assist travelers in making smart hotel choices that will add to up to a memorable travel experience. And now with our Orbitz Rewards program, our customers can book and earn rewards for discounts on great hotels in every market that we serve.”

From now until November 27, travelers will receive $50 off a vacation package that includes a flight and hotel stay of three or more nights to Orbitz Best In Stay properties using promotion codeBESTINSTAY50.1

Visit for a complete list of Orbitz Best In Stay winners. All winning hotels will also feature the Orbitz Best In Stay icon.

Terms and conditions:1Book a qualifying flight+hotel package between November 13, 2013 12:00AM (CST) and November 27, 2013 11:59PM (CST), for 3 or more nights for travel between November 13 and December 31, 2013, via Orbitz and instantly receive $50 off your booking through the use of the promotion code.  Limit one discount per hotel room and one promotion code per booking.  Discounts are not redeemable for cash for any reason. Promotion codes are non-transferrable, not for resale, and cannot be combined with other offers. Any attempt at fraud will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Void where prohibited, taxed or restricted. Orbitz reserves the right to change or limit the promotion in its sole discretion.

Atlantis wins Smart Meetings’ 2013 Platinum Choice Award

RENO, NEV. – Atlantis Casino Resort Spa is thrilled to announce it has won Smart Meetings’ 2013 Platinum Choice Award. This award recognizes the 130 best hotels across North America, voted by meeting professionals, the Smart Meetings editorial team and readers.

AAA Four Diamond rated Atlantis was been chosen for this award because it has set exemplary standards in categories such as ambience, amenities, facility quality, guest services, meeting space and packages, and restaurant and dining facilities, among others.

With 50,000 sq. ft. of flexible, state-of-the-art meeting and conference space, a high-tech Executive Boardroom with 103” HD flat screen TV, award-winning dining and world-class Spa Atlantis, this award further solidifies Atlantis as a premier destination for meeting planners.