Matchups announced for the first Pac-12 Coast-to-Coast Challenge presented by MGM Resorts International


SAN FRANCISCO – Matches and televised details have been set for the inaugural Pac-12 Coast-to-Coast Challenge presented by MGM Resorts International, the conference announced today.

In its first year, the challenge will feature a nationally televised men’s and women’s doubles program at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, December 19. pm PT on ABC. ARIZONA and Texas, participating in the 2021 National Championship game, will meet in the women’s game at 2:30 p.m. PT on ESPN2.

2021 Coast to Coast Pac-12 Challenge
Sunday December 19 – T-Mobile Arena – Las Vegas

12:00 p.m. PT – STANFORD vs. Texas (men) – ABC
2:30 p.m. PT – ARIZONA vs. Texas (women) – ESPN2

The Annual Challenge, a non-conference programming series developed in partnership with Oak View Group (OVG), Basketball Promotions & Events (BPE) and T-Mobile Arena, was originally announced in 2019 and was scheduled to start last December, but has been delayed. one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The impetus behind creating the challenge was to provide high level competitive opportunities for our Pac-12 programs against quality opponents in strategic national markets and we are delighted to be able to start with these two exciting clashes,” said Jamie Zaninovich, Pac-12 Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer. “It was a pleasure working with our new partners, OVG and BPE, to introduce Pac-12 basketball and bring this national event to life. We also appreciate the opportunity to strengthen our existing relationships with MGM Resorts, T-Mobile Arena and Las Vegas as part of this one-of-a-kind event.

“We are grateful that we were able to collaborate with the Pac-12, BPE and MGM complexes on such a unique event, even after essentially having to restart the event after the challenges of last year,” said Dan Shell, president of the OVG collegiate church. “We are delighted that Stanford, Arizona and Texas are participating in Las Vegas this year and look forward to the exciting games the challenge will provide for basketball fans across the country in the future. “

Chris Baldizan, Executive Vice President of Entertainment for MGM Resorts International, said, “T-Mobile Arena, the industry leader in sporting events and entertainment, has hosted some of the best NCAA men’s and women’s basketball programs. . The 2021 Pac-12 Coast-to-Coast Duals Program gives us the opportunity to continue bringing the site to hoop fans nationwide while giving school fans a chance to experience all that Las Vegas, la world capital of sport, has to offer. “

Over the following seasons, the challenge is expected to include a rotation of Pac-12 programs against power conference opponents in the T-Mobile Arena and other neutral venues in major markets nationwide.

The Stanford and Texas men’s programs have pledged to come together again when the event moves to American Airlines Arena in Dallas in 2022. Additional games for Dallas and other venues will be announced at a later date.

ABOUT THE PAC-12 CONFERENCE
The Pac-12 conference has a tradition as the “Conference of Champions,” leading the nation to NCAA Championships for 55 of the past 61 years, with 537 NCAA tag team titles in total. The conference includes 12 major US universities – the University of Arizona, Arizona State University, University of California at Berkeley, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), University of Colorado, University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Stanford University, University of Southern California, University of Utah, University of Washington and University of Washington State. For more information on Conference programs and member institutions, please visit Pac-12.com/conference.

ABOUT OAK VIEW GROUP
Oak View Group was founded in 2015 by Tim Leiweke and Irving Azoff to be a positive breakthrough in sports and entertainment. The company currently has offices in Los Angeles, Seattle, New York and London. OVG’s business divisions include OVG Business Development, OVG Global Partnerships, OVG Collegiate, OVG Media and Conferences, OVG Facilities, Prevent Advisors and the Arena and Stadium Alliance, which is a select group of top US venues. OVG recently obtained the right to build a world-class arena on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin.

ABOUT BASKETBALL PROMOTIONS AND EVENTS
Basketball Promotions & Events and its president Chris Spencer have been organizing and managing college basketball events since 1995. During this time, BPE has coordinated over 150 tournaments, including the first Multi-Team Event (MTE) in the city of Las Vegas in 2000.

ABOUT MGM RESORTS INTERNATIONAL
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is a global S&P 500® entertainment company with national and international locations offering premier hotels and casinos, state-of-the-art meeting and conference spaces, incredible live and theatrical entertainment, and a huge range of food, nightlife and retail offerings. MGM Resorts creates immersive and iconic experiences through its suite of Las Vegas-inspired brands. MGM Resorts’ portfolio includes 30 unique hotel and destination game offerings, including some of the industry’s most recognizable resort brands. Expanding in the United States and around the world, the company recently acquired the operations of Empire City Casino in New York and MGM Northfield Park. In 2018, MGM Resorts opened MGM Springfield in Massachusetts, MGM COTAI in Macau, and the first Bellagio brand hotel in Shanghai. MGM Resorts’ 82,000 employees around the world are proud that their company has been recognized as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE® magazine. For more information, visit us at www.mgmresorts.com.

ABOUT T-MOBILE ARENA
T-Mobile Arena, the 20,000-seat venue on the Las Vegas Strip between Park MGM and New York-New York, opened on April 6, 2016. The arena hosts more than 100 events per year, including major entertainment, awards shows, UFC, boxing, basketball and other sporting events, family shows and special events. The T-Mobile Arena is also home to the Vegas Golden Knights, a National Hockey League expansion team, and the city’s first professional sports team. The place, named place n ° 1 on Billboard magazine2018 Arena Power List as well as “Best New Major Concert Venue” by Poll star in 2016, offers 50 luxury suites, more than two dozen private boxes, full broadcast facilities and other exclusive specially designed hospitality offers and fan amenities designed to create an unparalleled guest experience. Toshiba Plaza, an adjacent two-acre outdoor entertainment space, features performance stages, a variety of video screens, and other interactive content and display areas. Industry leading architect Populous designed T-Mobile Arena to meet US Green Building Council standards for LEED® Gold certification. T-Mobile Arena is a privately funded joint venture between AEG and MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM). For more information, visit T-MobileArena.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.