ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. --- The University of New Mexico has had a great run in Las Vegas at the Mountain West Tournament, particularly in the last three years as UNM has won the title in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Now, that run will start a little closer to the Thomas & Mack Center. The Mountain West has assigned The Mirage, located directly on the Las Vegas Strip, to be the new host hotel for the men’s and women’s Lobo basketball teams, staff and fans starting in March, 2015.
The Mirage is a 3,044-room property located right in the heart of Las Vegas Blvd, just 2.8 miles from the Thomas & Mack Center. The Mirage is also known as the home of Cirque du Soleil’s “Love”, Seigfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat, ventriloquist Terry Fator and an artificial volcano outside the hotel that erupts nightly on the hour.
The Lobos in Las Vegas at the Mountain West Tournament have traditionally been quite the attraction. The women’s team won five MW Tournament titles from 2003-08 and consistently have the largest following of all the women’s teams. The men’s team last year became the first team to win three straight MW Tournament titles and Lobo fans have turned the Thomas & Mack Center Cherry & Silver in helping the conference set tournament attendance records.
“We had a terrific run at the South Point Hotel and appreciate all of the hard work their staff put in over the years, but we are very excited at the prospects of being at The Mirage,” said Chief Operating Officer Tim Cass. “The Mirage’s central location on the Las Vegas Strip, proximity to the Thomas & Mack Center, and various attractions should give our fans a terrific tournament experience.”
Cass added, “We have one of the greatest followings in college basketball, and our fans have helped give us an incredible home court advantage at the Mountain West Tournament. It is incredible seeing nearly 10,000 Lobo fans in wearing their cherry and silver all over Las Vegas during the conference championships.”
The Mirage will now serve as the team headquarters for both the men’s and women’s teams, along with all of the support staff, pep band, Spirit Squad and fans. The nightly pep rallies to see the teams off to the Thomas & Mack will now take place at The Mirage. In addition, UNM is working with The Mirage on some special “Lobo” themed items in some of their unique dining venues.
“We are excited that The Mirage will have special rates for Lobo fans at the tournament, which our fans can access by using the promo code ‘LOBOS’ online,” said Cass. “We want The Mirage to be the Lobo Headquarters and the epicenter of Lobo activities during the MW Championships,” said Cass.
Fans can call (800) 374-9000 for reservations, or go to https://reservations.mgmmirage.com/bookingengine.aspx?pid=160&host=offer&code=LOBOS
The 2015 Mountain West Tournament will take place in Las Vegas at the Thomas & Mack Center the week of March 9-14, with the men’s tournament slated for March 11-14.