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Wizard World Comic Con is coming to Reno!

Wizard World Comic Con

Join us at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center for a weekend of Comic Con stars November 21, 22, and 23.

With an exciting lineup of actors, WWE stars, writers, animators, and authors, this event promises to deliver incredible shows. While the dates may seem a bit out of reach, get your tickets soon because this weekend is sure to attract people from all over the area. The event includes photo ops, autographs, and talks from many influential people.

Many big-name stars can be found in Reno this weekend, such as:

William Shatner

  • Emmy Award Winner actor who has starred in many popular TV shows, his most famous role being Captain James T. Kirk on Star Trek.. Shatner also starred on T.J. Hooker and Boston Legal throughout his acting career.

Norman Reedus

  • Reedus is an actor in popular shows such as the widely popular hit zombie series, The Walking Dead, as well Boondock Saints I & II, Blade II, Pandorum, and Charmed.

Sean Astin

  • As an Academy Award Nominee and actor, Astin is best known for his role as Sam McGee in the award-winning The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. He can also be seen in Steven Spielberg’s The Goonies and Rudy.

    Eliza Dushku

    • Dushku has starred in the hit TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Dollhouse. She can also been seen on the big screen in films like Bring It On, True Lies, and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.

      The Bella Twins

      • These WWE Divas are known for their tough-as-nails demeanor in the ring, as well as in their personal lives. The pair can be seen dominating their opponents on WWE and on their reality TV series, Total Divas.

        Neal Adams

        • Adams is an Eisner Award Hall of Famer and is best known for his artistic contributions to various comics and cover art for Batman, Green Lantern, X-Men, Superman, and Avengers.

          Visit the Wizard World website to see the full lineup of guests, a schedule of events, and any more information you need, and be sure to check back here on our Meetings & Conventions blog for more information as the Comic Con weekend approaches! For DISCOUNTS on general admission tickets, visit Reno’s Amazon page.

          What Does Grand Sierra Resort Offer Meeting Planners? [An Infographic]

          What does the Grand Sierra Resort offer meeting planners? Take a look at the infographic below to find out.

          Meeting planners can find an overview of Grand Sierra Resort’s meeting rooms, directions to the venue, and more here. You can contact Grand Sierra Resort directly by going here.

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          USA Team Handball Club National Championships are being held at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center, today through Sunday, May 18!


          Some of the best Men’s and Women’s Team Handball clubs from around the nation will compete for top honors in a tournament ranging from an open format to elite competition. More than 350 athletes will play 60 matches of the Olympic sport, which is gaining momentum across the nation. Matches will be played from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, and from 8:00 a.m. on Sunday until the Men’s Elite Finals at 12:30 p.m. Team Handball is a popular international sport played by 19 million people in more than 180 countries, and has been an Olympic event since 1939.

          For more information on USA Team Handball go to the organization’s Facebook page ( or call Maurice Godwin at (407) 929-2496. You can familiarize yourself with the sport at the USA Team Handball Youtube page:

          USA Team Handball is one of 17 national and regional qualifying and championship tournaments being held in Reno Tahoe USA in 2014. Additional upcoming tournaments for 2014 include the Jam on It Basketball Tournament and Senior Softball USA Rock ‘n Reno Challenge Cup in May; the USA Karate National Championships; the Triple Crown Baseball 4th of July Fireworks Tournament as well as the Triple Crown Softball 10-and-Under and 12-and-Under World Series in July; the USA BMX Blackjack Nationals in August; and the first-ever World Taekwondo Federation World Deaf-Taekwondo Championships in November.

          In 2014, Reno Tahoe USA has already hosted USA Boxing’s Junior and Youth Open, USA Weightlifting’s Junior Pan Am Championships, USA Judo’s Senior National Championships, Northern California Volleyball Association’s Far Western National Qualifier and Girls Power & Premier League Regionals, the National Collegiate Volleyball Federation’s National Tournament, Rocky Mountain National Wrestling’s Rumble in Reno, and the USA BMX Silver Dollar Nationals.

          “Reno Tahoe USA is a perfect fit for almost any large national sporting event,” said RSCVA President and CEO Christopher Baum. “We have a variety of indoor and outdoor facilities, first-class lodging options at a fantastic value, and a wealth of outdoor beauty and recreational opportunities. Competitors appreciate the

          diversity of the region, our weather, and our family friendly environment, and our sports sales team has been instrumental in convincing event producers that Reno Tahoe is the perfect location for an assortment of national tournaments.”

          More than 45,000 competitors from across the country will participate in the listed tournaments, which will provide more than 61,000 room nights to Reno Tahoe hotels in 2014.


          USA Gold Medalist David Wise joins Reno Tahoe USA in Washington, DC to represent his hometown at the American Society of Association Executives Springtime Expo, May 15.

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          Since he began competing as a professional in 2008, David Wise has quickly advanced to become the top Superpipe Freestyle skier in the world. Wise started skiing at Sky Tavern in Reno at the age of 3, and earned his first Superpipe victory at the 2009 World Skiing Invitational, before compiling back-to-back-to-back X Games Gold Medals, and moving on to take Gold at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.

          “David is an elite athlete, a distinguished family man and the epitome of what makes Reno Tahoe great,” said RSCVA President and CEO Christopher Baum. “His love for the region, his willingness to represent it, and the exemplary level at which he performs both on the slopes and in his personal life should all be commended. We are proud to have David on our team as we work to bring more conventions to this magnificent region we all call ‘home.’”

          Wise will meet and take pictures with potential clients as they visit the Reno Tahoe USA booth at the ASAE Springtime Expo, discussing his journey to Olympic Gold and his affection for Northern Nevada.

          “It is a privilege to be able to represent the area that I love so much, and I am excited to be partnering with the RSCVA to share our region with others from across the country,” said Wise. “Skiing has taken me all over the globe, and I can say with sincerity that Northern Nevada is truly one of the best places to live and to visit.”

          The ASAE Springtime Expo is the largest one-day trade show in the meetings industry. Reno Tahoe USA will be well-represented at this event, which is attended by hundreds of the top decision-makers at trade and professional associations responsible for planning meetings and conventions.

          Reno, More Than You Know and Sold On Silver

          These two campaigns are the perfect blend to explain how the Silver Legacy is working to acquaint the hospitality community about what we have to offer.

          Reno, More than you know, is a campaign developed by our local Convention Visitors Authority. The marketing blitz focuses on how much this area has to offer as a meeting destination and why we are perfect as a location for the meetings and conventions industry.

          The Silver Legacy’s Sold on Silver Familiarization Event takes this campaign one step further. Meg Kennedy, Director of Sales for the Silver Legacy, explains: “The Fam is a perfect way to learn about how Reno is so much more than people realize. Our Fam Events are designed to do more than acquaint people with the Silver Legacy’s flexible meeting space and luxury hotel rooms. We recognize how important a destination is to our clients and take the time to help everyone discover the great attractions located within our community, many within a six block radius of the Silver Legacy.”

          If you are looking for a destination where quality and appeal combine with value, we encourage you to consider the Silver Legacy and Downtown Reno. Qualified Planners with an active Request for Proposal or expecting to look at a west coast rotation within the year are invited to join us for one of the following events:

          July 25-27, 2014 Reno is Art Town
          Join us for a weekend experience with art, music, food and fun featuring the music of James Brown presented by the Reno Jazz Orchestra. Throw in a Reno Aces Baseball game and this weekend is the perfect way to find out why Meeting Planners are Sold on Silver.

          September 12-14, 2014 Air Race Weekend
          This event is a favorite and space is limited. Enjoy time at the Reno Air Races, the comedy of Larry the Cable Guy and plenty of great dining experiences. After this weekend you will be saying: “Reno, more than I knew!”

          Sold on Silver events are designed to showcase the area and will fill quickly; if you are interested we recommend contacting us right away. These weekends are for qualified planners with at least 350 Total Room Nights with an active RFP or expecting to send out an RFP within the year.

          Your experience includes air-fare, lodging, events, activities and dining. We invite you to bring one guest and while all on-ground experiences are courtesy of the Silver Legacy, they will be asked to provide their own air-fare. Your adventure begins with arrival on Thursday and departure on Sunday. We welcome early arrival and late departures as well.
          We are excited to have an opportunity to meet you and change the way you think about our destination and hotel. Please contact any one of our Sales Team Members to learn more:

          Meg Kennedy, Director of Convention Sales        775-325-7346
          John Mourelatos, National Sales                              775-325-7378
          Christopher Oliphant, National Sales 775-325-7351
          Tanna Pearman, National Sales 775-325-7376

          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