Nightclubs, pool parties & dancing in the DJ booth – 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 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.’
There was however a ‘hitch’ as players had to take two flights to get there, including a short layover in San Francisco.
‘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.
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’.
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.
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