Inside Wrexham's 'insane' Las Vegas promotion partyMay 10, 2023
Inside Wrexham’s ‘insane’ Las Vegas promotion party: Captain Ben Tozer reveals how ‘world’s best owners’ Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney paid for pool parties, plush dinners and nights out – but not direct flights!
- Wrexham’s players toasted promotion to League Two with a trip to Las Vegas
- Club captain Ben Tozer has revealed just how the ‘insane’ trip played out
- There were pool parties and appearances in DJ booths as if they were ‘royalty’
Wrexham club captain Ben Tozer has lifted the lid on Wrexham’s ‘insane’ promotion party in Las Vegas, claiming that co-owners Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney had them treated ‘like royalty’ in Sin City.
The non-league side won promotion to League Two with a 111-point championship campaign in the National League and they were rewarded with a five-day blowout in the Nevada desert.
Tozer, still recovering from the trip of a lifetime, lifted the lid on how it played out, from lavish pool parties and dinner next to the Bellagio fountain with McElhenney to dancing in the DJ booth at Steve Aoki’s gig.
‘We got there Thursday dinner time, they took us to Hakkasan for dinner which was amazing and then we went to Hakkasan Nightclub and they treated us to the best tables and it was just insane really. Almost everything was insane,’ Tozer told talkSPORT.
‘The next day they took us to Wet Republic Pool Party which was again the best tables and the best layout for us and everything was free, then in the evening was Omnia Nightclub and four of us got to go up on stage with Steve Aoki.’
Throw-in maestro Ben Tozer told all on Wrexham’s ‘insane’ promotion party in Las Vegas
Co-owner Rob McElhenney (second right, in the Wrexham cap) and his wife Kaitlin Olson joined in with the festivities at TAO Beach Dayclub on Sunday as part of the five-day retreat
Players were ‘treated like royalty’ as they were given a VIP treatment wherever they went
There was however a ‘hitch’ as players had to take two flights to get there, including a short layover in San Francisco.
LAS VEGAS ITINERARY
Flight to San Francisco
Connecting flight to Las Vegas
Dinner at Hakkasan restaurant
Clubbing and on-stage appearance at Hakkasan nightclub
Wet Republic pool party
Omnia nightclub to see Steve Aoki
Marquee Pool Party
Dinner at Spago, at the Bellagio, with Rob McElhenney and his wife Kaitlin
Partying at XS nightclub while watching The Chainsmokers
TAO Pool Party
‘The flight wasn’t direct, which was the only hitch, apart from that we can’t complain,’ he added.
More celebrations would follow on days three and four, including the Marquee Pool Party and a VIP trip to XS Nightclub where The Chainsmokers were playing.
Even with a large music artist on, players were greeted by staff members holding large pieces of lettered gold card to spell out ‘Wrexham’.
The trip had been in the work for some time, with players told to ‘leave their cards at home’ if it came off.
‘It became a thing where if we won the league, we’d get a holiday. So we’re off to Vegas,’ star striker Paul Mullin, who bagged 47 goals this season, told GQ.
‘Ryan and Rob told us to leave our cards at home, they’re sorting the lot. They sent us a full itinerary just now.
‘Part of me doesn’t want to go, I might be dead by the end of it! But I’d never go to Vegas by my own accord, so I’m buzzing for it.’
Players certainly made the most of it and were given a heroes’ welcome at each night club, with club goers urged to give a cheer for Wrexham as the Wales flag was waved and messages of congratulations were made on big screens.
While Reynolds was only able to check in via FaceTime – striker Ollie Palmer appeared to FaceTime him from his hotel room one morning – McElhenney and some associates were able to join the trip.
Players spent one afternoon spent partying poolside at the Wet Republic Ultra Pool at the MGM Grand.
The National League champions chatted and danced with fellow party-goers as they soaked up the sun and looked forward to their future in League Two.
As night fell the team made their way to Spago where they were joined by McElhenney and his wife an ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia‘ co-star Kaitlin Olson.
Striker Ollie Palmer (back, right) shared some photos from the departure lounge on Thursday (Pictured, left to right – Eoghan O’Connell, Ryan Barnett, Palmer and Liam McAlinden). The only ‘hitch’ was that the players did not take a direct flight, instead connecting in San Francisco
Club winger Ryan Barnett, 23 (middle) posed for a pool pick with ex-Premier League goalkeeper Ben Foster and two other team-mates including Tozer and Jordan Davies
Friday was a sunny, warm day in 74-degree weather in Vegas, with many people enjoying the start of the weekend by the MGM Grand’s lavish pools
Other Wrexham players – including Elliot Lee (left) and Tom O’Connor (right) – preferred to relax on one day and tan with boozy drinks while taking in the Vegas sun on long chairs
The Wolfgang Puck-owned restaurant is stunningly located at the Bellagio hotel and on arrival the team were greeted with an ice sculpture in the shape of Wrexham’s crest.
Perched on the waterfront, a number of players shared their surroundings with their followers, with Mullin posing with both thumbs up in front of the famous Bellagio fountains.
An Instagram group picture featuring Liam McAlinden, Palmer, Andy Cannon, Rob Lainton and Harry Lennon showed the group tucking into a seasonal seafood tower, which features poached Gulf shrimp, Maine lobster, green-lipped mussels, East & West coast oysters, seasonal poké, and king crab legs.
After dinner, players moved onto Omnia nightclub where they were met by waving sparklers and enormous Welsh flags in a tribute to the team’s achievements.
Legendary DJ Steve Aoki was on the decks, with Tozer among those invited to the DJ booth.
Tozer shared video from behind DJ Steve Aoki’s decks (left) as the legendary DJ pumped up the crowd of partygoers on Friday night as headliner for Omnia nightclub
One issue for the players on this tour – given their VIP treatment – was it was difficult getting to and from the toilets.
‘Even if we wanted to go to the toilet [security] would take us. I was like “no chance” I wanted to get in the mix but that was the sort of treatment we had, it was so bizarre,’ Tozer added to talkSPORT.
The final leg of the promotion party saw Wrexham’s promotion heroes unwind at a pool party at TAO Beach Dayclub.
McElhenney and his wife were pictured soaking up the sun with the players as they posed for a group photo in a cabana.
Ahead of the afternoon’s festitivities, Palmer hinted that their time in Vegas would soon be drawing to a close, captioning a picture of the entrance to TAO with ‘one final push!’
Cabanas and daybeds at the opulent Asian-inspired beach club can range from $1,500 to $6,000, and bottles of champagne range from $375 for Tattinger Brut to a staggering $1600 for a bottle of Jay-Z-owned Armand de Brignac ‘Ace of Spades’.
Co-owner McElhenney and his wife Kaitlin Olson (circled) joined players for a fancy dinner on Saturday night next to the Bellagio fountains at Spago restaurant
The players tucked into a seasonal seafood tower among other bites at Spago at the Bellagio
Mullin looked to be enjoying his evening out and McElhenney (right) was no doubt happy to join in on the festivities
A Wrexham badge ice sculpture greeted the players at the restaurant at the side’s dinner
Palmer shared a snap of team-mates heading to TAO on Sunday afternoon on the final stretch
McElhenney and his wife Kaitlin played parents during Wrexham’s lavish holiday in Las Vegas as they applied suncream to players – pictured, Jordan Davies – in the pool
It was there that signs of fatigue in the players were visible, with Olson eager to show her maternal instincts with one of the players, Jordan Davies, battling some sun burn in the scorching heat.
McElhenney posted a video of Olson applying cream to the back of Davies as he relaxed in the pool while his team-mates partied next to him with drinks and music.
‘Mom and Dad made sure the boys didn’t burn,’ he wrote in the caption alongside the video on his Instagram story.
Wrexham’s players will now get some well-earned time off with their families before they return for pre-season training and begin to prepare for their US pre-season tour, which sees them take on Chelsea in North Carolina, LA Galaxy II in LA and a youthful Manchester United side in San Diego.
Fixtures for their first season in League Two in 15 years are due to be released on June 22, with the season starting on the weekend of August 4-6.
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