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Big Sky, Reno Announce Basketball Championships Agreement

The Big Sky Conference and the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority announced a three-year agreement that will bring the league’s basketball championships to Reno, Nev.


Starting in 2016, the Big Sky Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships will be played downtown at the Reno Events Center. The REC was constructed in 2005 and can accommodate roughly 5,000 fans in a basketball configuration.

Big Sky Conference Commissioner Doug Fullerton and Deputy Commissioner Ron Loghry traveled to Reno on Friday for an on-site announcement.

“This was an exhaustive process,’’ said Big Sky Conference Commissioner Doug Fullerton. “Reno, as a city, and the folks that we worked with did a spectacular job in representing their community. We’re extremely excited about going to Reno for our championships. I used to travel to Reno often, and one thing that always impressed me about the community is it’s a lot like the communities we have in the Big Sky. It’s a very similar feel. I know we’re going to be welcomed. The coaches and the fans attending are going to feel very good about coming to Reno.”

All 12 men’s and all 12 women’s teams from the conference will participate in the championship. The dates and tournament format will be announced at a later date.

“It is a great honor for Reno to be chosen as the host city for the Big Sky Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship for the next three years,” said Reno Tahoe USA President and CEO Christopher Baum. “We’re looking forward to providing a modern, neutral, high capacity playing facility for this prestigious sporting event, and we eagerly anticipate hosting the thousands of athletes, coaches and spectators it will draw through 2018.”

Moving to a predetermined, neutral site for its men’s and women’s basketball championships ends more than two decades of the Big Sky Conference awarding its conference tournament to the regular-season champion. The league has also limited the number of participants in the championship. In 2015, the top eight men’s and women’s teams qualified.

The Big Sky Conference announced in 2014 that it would accept bids from cities interested in hosting the tournaments. Seven communities submitted bids to host either the men’s or women’s tournaments, or both. Five finalists were selected by a committee comprised of a university president, two athletics directors, a senior woman administrator, a faculty athletic representative and an outside consultant. The committee toured each city and venue in February and March, and then forwarded a recommendation to conference administrators and university presidents.

“Our committee looked at a number of different criteria,’’ said Big Sky Deputy Commissioner Ron Loghry, who spearheaded the year-long process. “Finding a neutral home for our championships was one of, if not the most important, pieces of the puzzle. All of the cities we visited did a tremendous job showcasing their cities and venues.

“Our committee is confident Reno provides us the best opportunity to showcase our men’s and women’s basketball programs in a neutral, predetermined setting,’’ Loghry added. “Our student-athletes and coaches will have a great experience, as will our fans, who will be able to enjoy all there is to do in the Reno Tahoe area.’’

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Top 5 Reasons to Host Your Event in Reno Tahoe

We love Reno Tahoe so much and we can’t wait to share it with you! There is so much our area has to offer, you’d be pretty surprised. Here are 5 solid reasons to bring your next event to Reno Tahoe:

  1. Location: Our beautiful Reno Tahoe is unique in every way. Located in northwestern Nevada, here, you can experience city life full of shopping and dining, as well as the great outdoors for limitless activities. We have a mild year-round climate with world-renowned scenery that makes everyday a great day to be in Reno Tahoe.
  2. Activities: From day to night and no matter the season, Reno Tahoe has endless opportunities to keep your days full. Whether you want to relax to keep active, Reno Tahoe has both to offer. We have luxury spas, upscale shopping, dining, and museums for those looking to relax during their trip. We also have winter activities (skiing, snowboarding, sledding, and more) in the nearby mountains and local bowling at our National Bowling Stadium. Our nightlife offers exciting shows, clubs and downtown bars in and around the casinos and beyond.
  3. Food: Our unique culture extends to our dining options as well. Whatever you are in the mood to eat, we can guarantee it’s offered it in Reno Tahoe. Whether you’re interested in a buffet at one of our casino resorts, a well-known chain restaurant, or a specialty eatery, Reno Tahoe has it all. Visit the dining page on our website to find exactly what will satisfy your cravings.
  4. Great value: All this and more comes to you at a great price. Reno Tahoe maximizes your experience while keeping your costs low; we offer coffee for your event for less than $40 a gallon! Our city also offers a multitude of amenities, like free hotel shuttles and free parking, among many others. Our hotels are all independent properties with owners on site who are devoted to working with planners, like you, to make your next event the best one yet.
  5. Outstanding hotels: We offer nine hotels and 18 world-class ski resorts in the Reno Tahoe area. All have undergone recent updates and are equipped to make your Reno Tahoe stay one for the books. Reno hotels and Tahoe resorts are all centralized in location and nearby to great dining, shopping, and day and night activities. Reno Tahoe offers only the best for your stay in our beautiful area.

The Cure For the Common Meeting

Reno Tahoe isn’t your average meeting place. Great value, service, a variety of options sets Reno Tahoe apart from any other place and planners love Reno Tahoe because of this. Check out exactly why Reno Tahoe truly has the cure for the common meeting:

Reno Tahoe at the Seattle Golf and Travel Show

Thank you to everyone who stopped by the Reno Tahoe USA booth at the Seattle Golf & Travel Show this past weekend! It was a great turnout, even Smokey the Bear showed up to put his sticker on the Willys window! We can’t wait to see you out on the greens of Reno Tahoe’s beautiful courses. To learn more about golfing in Reno Tahoe, visit our website.







USA Fencing National Championships

The USA Fencing Division I National Champions was hosted in Reno February 27 to March 3. People from all over the United States came together in Reno to compete at the Reno-Sparks Convention Center. The convention center is a great place for events with its centralized location and size to host events of all shapes and sizes!






Reno Tahoe Heads to the Holiday Showcase

The Holiday Showcase in Chicago (aka “The Midwest’s No. 1 Meeting for Meetings”) is a one-day exhibition that attracts professionals from all areas of association management such as meeting planning and marketing, as well as a variety of service suppliers in the fields of hospitality and business. The Holiday Showcase is the place to make connections with other professionals in any given field, learn about new ideas and strategies, and discover business opportunities. For this year’s exhibition, held on December 16,we invited local Gold Medal Olympian David Wise to hang out at our booth and make connections with showcase attendees. Here are some pictures Wise took with fans and business professionals while in Chicago.











Wizard World Comic Con is Almost Here!


Wizard World Comic Con weekend is almost here, and the guest star roster keeps on growing! Here are some additions to the already impressive list of stars:

Use the code RCC20 when you purchase your Comic Con tickets and save 20% now! Offer expires 11/22/14. Go to to buy your tickets, and join thousands of fans Friday through Sunday at Reno’s first ever comic convention!

Reno-based Marked Studios will make its first Wizard World appearance this year, and they are bringing their tattooing skills with them! Marked focuses on the theme “Tattoo Redefined”, and they will be on full display at Comic Con. Visit their booth for a high quality tattooing experience. Art will be available at a reduced rate at the event, or fans can get discount tokens that can be used on future work at the studio. Marked will be maintaining a “theme-appropriate flow” to all of the pieces at the event. Attendees can select from pre-drawn art that is available on a first come, first served basis. Check out visit Marked Studio’s website and visit their booth next weekend at Comic Con!

Karen Gillan, who is probably best known for her role as Amy Pond on Doctor Who, will be joining fans at Comic Con. Although Gillan got her first break as a model, she began making her way into acting in 2006 when she landed a role on a Scottish detective drama called Rebus. She first appeared on Doctor Who in 2008 as a Soothsayer for the episode Fires of Pompeii. Gillan began her long-term role on Doctor Who in 2010 as Amy Pond, the companion to Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith. She appeared in seasons six and seven of Doctor Who. Since then, Gillan has starred in the horror film Oculus, followed by her role as Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy.

ABC Family star Keegan Allen will also be joining the Comic Con guest list. Allen has gained a large following thanks to his role on ABC Family’s #1 rated series “Pretty Little Liars”. His work on the show has been rewarded with two Teen Choice Award nominations, one in 2011 and one in 2013 (the year he won). Allen attended AMDA (American Musical and Dramatic Academy) instead of going to a university. Alongside his ABC Family fame, Allen has held roles in two films directed by James Franco, Bukowski and The Sound and the Fury, as well as in Gia Coppola’s debut film Palo Alto. Allen is also an avid photographer, and his first photo book, is set to be published by St. Martin’s Press in 2015.

Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward) will be reunited in Reno. West and Ward played starred on the Batman and Robin series from 1966 to 1968, and their fame as the dynamic duo have stayed with them ever since. Ward wrote an autobiography about his time on Batman titled “Boy Wonder: My Life in Tights”, and signed copies of this autobiography will be available at Wizard World. Outside of his Batman career, Ward has appeared in Moving Targets, Homeboys in Outer Space, Alien Force, The Dwelling, Smoothtalker, and Kill Crazy.

American actor Sean Patrick Flannery has been added to the group, as well. Known for his roles in The Boondock Saints, The Dead Zone, The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles, and The Young and the Restless, Flannery has quite an impressive resume. He also appeared in the music video for “Howlin’ For You” by The Black Keys in 2011.

Keep checking back on our blog for more updates on events and the growing guest list, or head over to Wizard World’s website, until Wizard World Comic Con is finally here!

Just In Case Three Days Of Wizard World Comic Con Wasn’t Enough…


Are you getting excited for Comic Con next month? For those who are wishing that the Wizard World weekend was longer, wish no more! Crawl Reno, the producers of our oh-so-popular Zombie Crawl and Superhero Crawl are hosting a special edition Comic Con Crawl! The crawl will take place the night before Comic Con begins, November 20th. The festivities will begin at 7pm at Brew Brothers in the Eldorado and will lead crawlers through up to 10 local bars, clubs, and restaurants. The night will include drink specials, themed bars, costume contests, custom artwork, and a chance to win a VIP Norman Reedus Comic Con package! Cups are already on sale for $7 at Junkee Clothing Exchange and online, or you can purchase your cup at the start location the night of the crawl.  To make sure that everybody has a fun and safe night the Eldorado is offering a hotel discount from crawlers the night of the event, so be sure to book a room early with their discount code!

For more information on Reno’s Comic Con Crawl, visit the official website or follow them on Facebook, and be sure to keep checking back here on our blog for updates on the crawl, information on Comic Con weekend, and more fun events happening around Reno in conjunction with the Wizard World convention.

Reno Tahoe is at Snowbomb San Francisco 2014

Three bomb perks of saying hi to Reno Tahoe USA at Snowbomb San Francisco, November 1-2.

1. Visit the Reno Tahoe USA booth at Snowbomb San Francisco and meet Reno’s own 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics halfpipe gold medalist, David Wise! David will be in the Reno Tahoe booth on Saturday, November 1, from 11am-4:30pm. If you’re sharing your pic with friends, and tag #RenoTahoe in your photos!

2. In addition to meeting David Wise at the Reno Tahoe booth, you’ll be able to enter to win a 2-night getaway. Prize includes two nights at Peppermill, Silver Legacy, or Atlantis, plus 2 two-day adult lift tickets to Mt. Rose – just 25 minutes from the hotels in Reno!

3. Learn about special getaway rates for Snowbomb attendees.

PLUS: We’re giving away FREE TICKETS to the event! Seriously: Click here to get your free General Admission ticket, or discounted VIP tickets – use code renotahoe.

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Reno Tahoe USA Meetings and Conventions Infographic


The Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority released a new infographic intended to generate additional interest throughout the meetings and conventions industry.

Reno Tahoe USA is a conglomerate of attributes, appealing to outdoor adventurers, leisure travelers, and meetings and conventions planners, whose attention the RSCVA is hoping to attract with this new, marketing asset.

The infographic details eye-opening, meetings-friendly characteristics inherent to the Reno Tahoe area: Nine resorts with 825 to 2,000 first-class hotel rooms; Coffee for less than $40 per gallon; and, Free valet parking, as well as free airport shuttles to all major destination resorts. The Reno-Tahoe International Airport highlights more than 100 daily flights and, since October, has announced additional, international, non-stop service to London and Guadalajara.

In addition to a growing number of national “Top 10” accolades by major national media outlets, the infographic highlights recent successes, such as Reno being named the “#9 Best Place to Live in America” by; the Truckee Riverwalk in downtown Reno, listed as “America’s Top 10 Coolest Riverwalks” by Travel + Leisure; and, Lake Tahoe, voted “America’s Best Lake” by the readers of USA TODAY.

The new Reno Tahoe USA infographic also shows the juxtaposition of the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, the short, 45-minute drive down through the Truckee Meadows to the valleys of the Reno and Sparks areas, and further east into the rolling, desert landscapes of historic Virginia City. Kayaking, hiking, biking, an abundance of golf and ski options, world-class spas, and much, much more, all make up the draw that is Reno Tahoe USA. These qualities also lend themselves nicely to any time that conventioneers may have before, during or after their scheduled activities.