2017 FAN GUIDE

 

Whether you come from near or far, we are looking forward to welcoming you to the 2017 World Financial Group Continental Cup presented by Boyd Gaming.  This marks the third time in four years that the event has called Las Vegas home.

 

To help you plan for your visit and make your attendance a truly memorable and enjoyable time, we are providing you with this fan guide, detailing various information covering from the time you arrive through the entire event.

 

Flying in to Las Vegas

 

Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport is conveniently located near the south end of the Las Vegas Strip.  Most hotels do not run their own shuttle service to and from the airport, but you should check with your hotel to see if they do.  The Orleans Hotel and Casino and the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino do not have dedicated shuttle service.  Pay services are available.  You can learn more about them at https://www.mccarran.com/go.aspx A one-way taxi ride from the airport to The Orleans should run between $17-$22usd and $22-$25usd to the Gold Coast, depending on the cab company.  If you rented a car, you will most likely have to take the convenient free shuttle bus from the airport to the nearby rental car center.  Check with your rental car company for further details.

 

Complimentary Shuttle Service

 

The Local Organizing Committee and Presenting Sponsor, Boyd Gaming have partnered with Bell Transportation to offer complimentary shuttle service between The Orleans Hotel and Casino, its sister properties the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino as well as the Las Vegas Strip.  All shuttles will arrive and depart from The Orleans Hotel and Casino’s designated shuttle stop on the Tropicana Avenue side(south entrance)  of the property.

 

Orleans – Gold Coast – Las Vegas Strip

 

Additional buses are being added to handle the high demand of this regular complimentary shuttle service, which is two-fold in purpose: 

-to allow those staying at The Orleans to visit the nearby Las Vegas Strip, with drop-off at the Hi Roller Ferris Wheel near the LINQ hotel and across the street from Caesars Palace

-to provide our Gold Coast guests, and fans staying at other nearby properties with convenient transportation to the Orleans (Guests staying at the Palms, Palm Place and Rio All Suites Hotel and Casino can walk the short distance to catch the shuttle at the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino.  Guests staying at Bally’s, Caesar’s Palace, The LINQ and The Mirage can catch the shuttle at the Hi Toller Ferris Wheel)

 

On Wednesday, January 11th, additional busses will be added to the regular complimentary shuttle service to the Opening Ceremonies from the Gold Coast at 6:30 pm and will continue every 15 minutes until 7:45 pm. Return service after the Opening Ceremonies will begin at 9:30 pm and continue every fifteen minutes until 11:30 pm. 

 

On event competition days (Thursday, January 12th. thru Sunday, January 15th.) , shuttle service will begin one-and-a-half  hours before the first draw begins each day, as follows:

o   Beginning at 7:30 am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday

o   Beginning at 11:30 am on Sunday

 Service will continue throughout the day until one half hour after The Patch closes each night, as follows:

o   Until 1:30 am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights

o   Until 12:30 am on Sunday night

 

Bell Transportation coordinators will be on hand at most locations to answer questions and adjust the frequency of shuttle service, if necessary. 

 

Event Listening Devices

 

If you purchased a full event ticket package, then you are entitled to a free listening device to help make your experience during the WFG Continental Cup that much more enjoyable.  That’s right, thanks to our friends at TSN, you will be able to listen to the world-class commentary of Vic Rauter, Russ Howard and Cheryl Bernard while in the comfort of your own seat at the event!  Please bring the specially marked ticket you received with your full-event ticket package to the listening device pick up booth at The Orleans Arena (near the main box office).  We strongly encourage you to do this during the Opening Ceremonies on Wednesday night, so you’ll have your listening device in time for the start of competition on Thursday.

 

Event Merchandise Store

 

If you’re looking to have some official 2017 WFG Continental Cup merchandise to wear or want to bring some home to family and friends, then the Event Merchandise Store is your one-stop place to shop.  Located across from the Orleans Arena main box office, the store will be in operation when doors open one hour before the start of each draw until one half hour after each draw ends.  The store will accept most major credit cards or U.S. dollars. 

 

50/50 Raffle

 

It a curling tradition!  Hurry hard and get your 50/50 raffle tickets during each draw of the 2017 WFG Continental Cup. That means’s eleven lucky winners will win a pretty big pot of cash that just might pay off your trip to Las Vegas!  You’ll receive one set of lucky numbers for $5, three sets of lucky numbers for $10 and forty; yes that is 40 sets of numbers for $20.  So, visit the 50/50 raffle ticket station on the arena concourse near the main box office or buy them from one of our mobile sellers in the yellow bibs to secure your shot at a cool payoff.  Please note that due to U.S. federal tax laws, we can only accept U.S. dollars for the purchase of raffle tickets.

 

The Morning Cup

 

Back by popular demand, Las Vegas’ own Colin Kelly and company will provide you the most up-to-date information plus interesting stories, intriguing commentary and plenty of photos from all the action both on and off the ice in every edition of the 2017 WFG Continental Cup’s official newspaper, The Morning Cup.  Look for it each day at hotel registration desks and in the arena when you arrive.  Your family and friends back at home can even read it online at www.lasvegascurling.rocks

 

May we introduce you to www.lasvegascurling.rocks

 

Maybe you already visited our website to sign up for a contest or pre-purchase exclusive event merchandise.  If you have, THANK YOU!  Now you can visit the site to catch up on what’s happening both on and off the ice as well keep up on curling’s rise in one of the world’s most iconic locations. 

 

Paint the Town

 

Looking for something more to do while you are in town?  You’ve certainly come to the right place!  Las Vegas provides endless opportunities for entertainment, recreation, shopping and sightseeing.  Learn more about and even book your itinerary at www.lasvegas.com.  Don’t forget to share your experiences on social media by using @vegas.

 

Grand March – Wednesday, January  11th at 7:30 pm Orleans Hotel & Casino

Opening Night Ceremonies – Wednesday, January 11th at 8:00 pm, Orleans Arena

 

Once again, the Opening Night Ceremonies is open to the public with free admission.  The Ceremonies will take place at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, January 11th in The Orleans Arena.  However, we hope you’ll plan to come early to cheer on all of the competitors during their Grand March through The Orleans Casino and its indoor walkway to the arena at 7:30 pm.  This is a truly unique experience you won’t want to miss as the athletes walk down their “Hall of Honor”!

 

The Patch

 

What would the 2017 WFG Continental Cup be without The Patch presented by Boyd Gaming!  In between each draw and after the final draw each night, head to the Mardi Gras and Esplanade Ballrooms on the convention/meeting room floor of the Orleans Hotel and Casino.  Tasty food, thirst-quenching beverages and all sorts of entertainment await you as you visit with family, friends and momentary strangers…as only curling fans know how to do.  Your event ticket is your entry to all the good times.

 

Selfie Sessions

 

One of the best ways to interact with your favorite curlers is to attend the “Selfie Sessions” taking place on Saturday, January 14th on the Orleans Arena concourse.  Sessions take place at 11:00 am and 3:30 pm with half of the curlers taking part in each session. Bring your Smartphone, camera or old time Polaroid to snap a shot or two with your favorites.  You will have to have a Saturday morning draw #7 ticket to attend the 11:30 session and a Draw #8 ticket to attend the 3:30 pm session.

 

“Have a Cup of Joe with Jon“ Fan Forum

 

Curling fans definitely have their opinions and we want to hear them.  Join Local Organizing Committee Chairman, Jon Killoran, to share your experiences during the 2017 WFG Continental Cup and look ahead at plans for the 2018 World Men’s Championship coming to Las Vegas.  The fan Forum will take place Sunday, January 15th from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm in the Mardi Gras Ballroom (location of The Patch).  The coffee and tea will be hot and we bet so too will the commentary!

 

Need Help at The Orleans Arena?

We have plenty of people to help you with any questions you may have while attending the 2016 WFG Continental Cup.  If you have questions or need assistance at The Orleans Arena, just look for a Orleans uniforme3d employees or any of our volunteers (in the cobalt blue shirts and jackets with the event logo on their left chest). 

 

Day One – Thursday, January 12th

 

8:00 am - Orleans Arena doors open

9:00 am to 11:30 am – Draw #1 Team Competition

11:30 am to 1:00 pm – The Patch is open, Mardi Gras and Esplanade Ballrooms, Orleans Hotel and Casino

12:30 pm – Orleans Arena doors open

1:30 to 3:30 pm – Draw #2 Mixed Doubles

3:30 to 6:00 pm – The Patch is open, Mardi Gras and Esplanade Ballrooms, Orleans Hotel and Casino

4:30 pm to 5:15 pm – Up Close and Personal – Various team members from Team North America, plus coach and captain, Mardi Gras Ballroom, The Patch

5:30 pm – Orleans Arena doors open

6:30 to 9:00 pm – Draw #3 Team Competition

9:00 pm – Burton Cummings performance, Orleans Showroom (ticket required)

9:00 pm to 1:00 am – The Patch is open, Mardi Gras and Esplanade Ballrooms, Orleans Hotel and Casino

 

 

 

Day Two – Friday, January 13th

 

8:00 am - Orleans Arena doors open

9:00 to 11:30 am – Draw #4 Team Competition

11:30 am to 1:00 pm – The Patch is open, Mardi Gras and Esplanade Ballrooms, Orleans Hotel and Casino

12:30 pm – Orleans Arena doors open

1:30 to 3300 pm – Draw #5 Mixed Doubles

3:30 to 3:45 pm – Las Vegas-style entertainment in the Orleans Arena

3:30 to 6:30 pm – The Patch is open, Mardi Gras and Esplanade Ballrooms, Orleans Hotel and Casino

4:30 pm to 5:15 pm – Up Close and Personal – Various team members plus coach and captain of Team World

5:30 pm – Orleans Arena doors open

6:30 to 9:00 pm – Draw #6 Team Competition

9:00 pm – Randy Bachman’s performance, Orleans Showroom (ticket required)

9:00 pm to 1:00 am – The Patch is open, Mardi Gras and Esplanade Ballrooms, Orleans Hotel and Casino

 

Day Three – Saturday, January 14th

 

8:00 am - Orleans Arena doors open

9:00 to 11:30 am – Draw #7 Mixed Doubles

11:30 am to 1:00 pm – The Patch is open, Mardi Gras and Esplanade Ballrooms, Orleans Hotel and Casino

11:45 am to 1:00 pm – Selfie Session #1, All athletes not competing during Draw #8 at 1:00 pm, Orleans Arena concourse, morning draw #7 ticket required

12:30 pm – Orleans Arena doors open

1:30 to 3:30 pm – Draw #8 Team Competition

3:30 to 6:30 pm – The Patch is open, Mardi Gras and Esplanade Ballrooms, Orleans Hotel and Casino

3:45 to 5:00 pm – Selfie Session #2, All athletes not competing during Draw #9 at 6:30 pm, Orleans Arena concourse, Draw #8 ticket required

5:30 pm – Orleans Arena doors open

6:30 to 9:00 pm – Draw #9 Team Competition

9:00 pm – Randy Bachman’s performance, Orleans Showroom (ticket required)

9:00 pm to 1:00 am – The Patch is open, Mardi Gras and Esplanade Ballrooms, Orleans Hotel and Casino

 

Day Four – Sunday, January 15th

 

11:00 am to 12:00 pm – “Have a Cup of Joe with Jon” Fan Forum, Mardi Gras Ballroom (the Patch), Orleans Hotel and Casino

12:30 pm – Orleans Arena doors open

1:30 to 3:30 pm – Draw #10 Skins

3:30 to 6:30 pm – The Patch is open, Mardi Gras and Esplanade Ballrooms, Orleans Hotel and Casino

4:30 to 5:15 pm – Up Close and Personal – TBA, The Patch, Mardi Gras Ballroom

5:30 pm – Orleans Arena doors open

6:30 to 9:00 pm – Draw #11 Skins

9:00 to 9:30 pm – Closing Ceremonies, Orleans Arena

9:30 pm to 12:00 am – The Patch is open, Mardi Gras and Esplanade Ballroom, Orleans Arena

 

 

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