March Madness is the pinnacle for any basketball fan and while you can attend tournament games throughout the country or take the action in at home, but nothing creates an atmosphere quite like Las Vegas. March Madness tips off this year on March 18th with the play-in games and it fully kicks off on March 19th. March Madness and Las Vegas is as much about the experience, going far beyond just showing up to watch the games.
One of our favorite new spots and one that was made for March Madness is Tailgate Social inside of Palace Station Hotel & Casino. Televisions galore, a great beer lineup as well cocktails and pizza that is simply as good as it gets in Las Vegas.
Sapphire Las Vegas is opening for their annual March Mayhem parties beginning at 12 noon on Thursday, March 18th, with all kinds of fun packages on their website and they are allowed 50% capacity, which allows for 500 people. This is a great spot for a group of friends to hang out all day and enjoy the games. You can start with a two hour open bar package or go for the deal of the tournament, The Double Team deal.
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AREA15 hosts Madness 360 as the Portal becomes home court for the entire day to watch the games in a 360° projection-mapped room. Ticket holders can watch all of the first round tournament madness while enjoying bottomless beers and a game-day menu from The Beast by Todd English. Guest also can watch all the hoops action on all 20 TVs inside Emporium Arcade Bar, along with game-time drink specials and free entry.
Restaurants throughout the Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas are going for a slam dunk with flavor and specials. Starting Thursday, March 18, Mercato della Pescheria will show the college basketball games, including the Final Four, in its lounge, along with a new specialty drink each week of the playoffs. From Friday, March 19 through Sunday, March 21 enjoy a special menu at the new BRERA Osteria. Sugarcane Raw Bar & Grill will host a watch party starting Thursday, March 18. Through the weekend, guests can catch the games on multiple big-screen TVs around the restaurant. Guests can also catch all the action at Trustworthy Brewing Co. along with drink specials and special breakfast menu Friday, March 19 through Saturday, March 20.
Hoops & Hops will transform The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas’ The Chelsea into an exclusive sports lounge offering luxury basketball viewing experiences, Friday, March 19 and Saturday, March 20. The venue will feature multiple stadium-style high-definition projection screens and three betting stations within an on-site sports book. This year, Hoops & Hops offers two distinct experiences: reserved sofa seating (for up to four people) and reserved stadium seating (parties of four or six). Additional reservation-required viewing options throughout the resort include The Race & Sports Book powered by William Hill, CliQue Bar & Lounge, Holsteins Shakes and Buns and The Pool Marquee.
HyperX Esports Arena Las Vegas invites sports fans of all kinds to experience the tournament in a venue like no other. Catch all the action on the 50-foot LED wall located in the center of the arena as well as additional TVs located throughout the venue. Starting early and ending after the last game, the unforgettable location will be filled – socially-distanced, of course – with basketball, VIP experiences and more.
Celebrating all the hoops action is a slam dunk at The Book at The LINQ Hotel + Experience. Home to an amazing array of first-of-its-kind private Fan Caves, more than 80 televisions and food and beverages crafted especially for game day, book the Ultimate Fan Experience during the college basketball tournament for up to six people.
MGM Resorts International invites fans to watch the biggest games, dunks and upsets while cheering on their favorite team with fellow fans at sportsbooks and other viewing spots throughout their properties. This season, MGM Resorts is offering a fun fandom experience, special room rates and more when a March Matchups package is booked. Enjoy incredible perks like suites, food and beverage credit and even reserved seating for the games at select MGM Resorts sportsbooks and establishments depending on which package is chosen.
SAHARA Las Vegas is going mad with March Mania, where fans can watch their favorite college basketball teams battle it out on large high-definition televisions, with access to their favorite beers, well drinks, specialty cocktails and delicious game-day fare. Basketball enthusiasts can reserve tickets for two, four or six for first round, second round, Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight viewings from Friday, March 19 through Tuesday, March 30 at venues throughout the resort-casino, including the SAHARA Theatre Lounge, CASBAR Lounge, The Tangier and Paradise Lounge. Additionally, enjoy food and drink specials at CASBAR Lounge for the Final Four on Saturday, April 3 and championship game on Monday, April 5.
With more than 30 high-definition TVs, an incredible sound system, a value-friendly menu consisting of elevated bar favorites, signature cocktails, an incredible beer list, and daily Happy Hour featuring $5 food and drinks, Tailgate Social at Palace Station Hotel & Casino gives guests an unparalleled NCAA championship viewing experience and makes them feel like they scored the best seat in the house throughout the entire tournament.
From Friday, March 19 to Monday, March 22, fans are invited to The D Las Vegas to score on the most anticipated games in college basketball with free 12th floor watch parties, private rentable Man Caves, discounted room rates and live casino sports betting from Circa Sports.
Hoops fans can march into Topgolf Las Vegas for the ultimate basketball viewing experience, with more than 300 screens, a massive 48-foot video wall and four levels of hitting bays. The venue will have multiple seating times during the first round weekend Friday, March 19 to Sunday, March 21. Reserve viewing packages that include couch seating for up to six people or high-top tables for up to four people, premium golf bays, and food and bottle service during games.
Assemble the crew for your own basketball viewing party at Electra Cocktail Club inside The Venetian Resort Las Vegas. From Thursday, March 18 to Sunday, March 21 Electra’s stadium-style seating and 40-foot digital screen is the best spot to experience the mayhem, so reserve a package, enjoy the madness, and celebrate your favorite college basketball team. Electra’s cocktail menu and group beverage packages are available, along with food offerings from Moon Palace by David Chang and BRERA Osteria.
Additional viewing parties with food and beverage specials will take place throughout Las Vegas at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, Bally’s Las Vegas, Flamingo Las Vegas, Harrah’s Las Vegas, MGM Grand Hotel and Casino, Paris Las Vegas, Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, The Venetian Resort Las Vegas and many others
Circa Las Vegas will be hosting their first March Madness and will give guests a chance to experience their Stadium Swim that allows you to enjoy the games in the most unique way in all of Las Vegas. Tickets
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas announces the return of its college basketball tournament viewing experience, Hoops & Hops, for its 10th consecutive year. On Friday, March 19 – Saturday, March 20, take in the action of tournament madness inside The Chelsea, the resort’s 40,000-square-foot concert venue transformed into the ultimate sports-viewing space, featuring wall-to-wall stadium-style projection screens and three betting stations within an on-site sports book. Further information on tickets and table reservations can be found here.
The safety and security of guests and employees is a top priority. To ensure guests can comfortably and safely enjoy Hoops & Hops and other viewing experiences, social distancing and reduced occupancies are strictly enforced throughout the resort. Guests are also required to wear face coverings unless eating or drinking. Additional safety measures, including limited resort access permitted only to hotel guests, those with confirmed F&B reservations, Identity Rewards members and casino clientele between the hours of 8 p.m. – 4 a.m. on March 19 and 20, will be enforced. A full list of resort health and sanitization guidelines can be found here.
Hoops & Hops
Friday, March 19 – Saturday, March 20
Doors open one hour before tip-off, estimated 8:00 a.m. – when the games conclude.
This year, Hoops & Hops offers two distinct experiences:
- Reserved Sofa Seating | starting at $450+ per person, per day, plus tax and gratuity for reserved sofa seating on the floor of The Chelsea. Groups of up to four people can enjoy an upgraded experience including unlimited breakfast, lunch and dinner offerings alongside unlimited beverage service. Reservations can be made by emailing [email protected] or calling 702.698.6797.
- Reserved Stadium Seating | $300 per person, per day, plus Ticketmaster processing fees and taxes for mezzanine-level reserved stadium-style seating inside of The Chelsea. Group seating options are available for purchase for parties up to four or six people. Enjoy a complimentary open bar of well liquors, beer, wine, soda, and various culinary options for an additional purchase. Tickets are available online at cosmopolitanlasvegas.com or www.ticketmaster.com/venueartist/189310/2596446/.
In an effort to ensure the safety of attendees, once guests are inside of The Chelsea they are not permitted to travel between floors for the duration of the event. Guests must be 21 years or older.
Additional Tournament Madness Viewing Options
Race & Sports Book powered by William Hill
Friday, March 19 – Saturday, March 20
Betting windows open at 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. (or until the last game ends)
Offering an upgraded viewing experience, The Race & Sports Book powered by William Hill anchors the space with state-of-the-art LED video walls, spacious and comfortable seating accommodations and a central sports bar. Table reservations are required and can be made online or by calling 702.698.3800. Select food and beverage service from Hattie B’s, Lardo and Tekka Bar inside Block 16: Urban Food Hall will be available for purchase.
CliQue Bar & Lounge
Sunday, March 14 | 5 p.m.
Thursday, March 18 | 4 p.m.
Friday, March 19 – 22 | 9 a.m.
Saturday, March 27 | 10:30 a.m.
Sunday, March 28 | 9:30 a.m.
Monday, March 29 – 30 l 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 3 | 1:30 p.m.
Monday, April 5 | 5 p.m.
Join CliQue Bar & Lounge for Battle of the Brackets all tournament long, with exclusive viewing options alongside game-time bites, craft beer, artisanal cocktails and bottle service options. Seating reservations are required and can be made by emailing [email protected] or calling 702.698.7939.
Holsteins Shakes and Buns
Thursday, March 18 – Monday, April 5
Sun, Wed & Thurs: 11:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. | Fri & Sat: 11:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Toast to the excitement of college basketball with “Margarita Madness” featuring a choice of Blueberry Lime, Mango Habanero or Blood Orange Margaritas for $13 each while not missing a minute of the tournaments on high-definition TV’s setup throughout the restaurant. Additionally, Holsteins will feature two draft beers throughout March, Ballast Point and Founders, alongside a new Ahi “Madness” Sandwich featuring seared Ahi tuna, spicy aioli, pickled cucumbers and butter lettuce. Reservations are required and can be made online.
The Pool Marquee
Thursday, March 18 – Sunday, April 4
11 a.m. – Sunset
Surrounded by the energy of the Las Vegas Strip, The Pool Marquee offers amplified Tournament Madness experiences for guests and fans alike. Relax in an exclusive socially distant Grand Cabana and don’t miss out on any of the action with high-definition TV’s, expansive food menus, specialty cocktails and bottle service offerings. Cabana, daybed and table reservations are required and can be made online.
The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship will tip off with a quartet of First Four games Thursday, March 18, setting a stage for a March Madness unlike any other in the 82 years of the event.
As previously announced, the entire tournament will be in Indiana, with 55 of the 67 games taking place in Indianapolis. Mackey Arena in West Lafayette and Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington will each host two First Four games and will join Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indiana Farmers Coliseum and Lucas Oil Stadium as hosts of first-round games Friday and Saturday, March 19 and 20. The four venues in Indianapolis will serve as sites for the remainder of the championship, including second-round games Sunday and Monday, March 21 and 22. While specific game times will be announced later, viewers can expect games in typical broadcast windows, with first- and second-round games on TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV.
The Sweet 16 will be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday and Sunday, March 27 and 28, with each of the eight games getting its own television window. In the past, regional semifinal games took place in prime time, with a pair of games overlapping each other in the early evening and late evening sessions. In 2021, all Sweet 16 games will be played at separate times.
The Elite Eight games will take place in prime time Monday and Tuesday, March 29 and 30, and the Final Four is scheduled for Saturday and Monday, April 3 and 5. All those games will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium.
Selection Sunday is March 14, and The Big Dance begins four days later. The First Four matchups will work the same as they would in a normal year, with the overall Nos. 65 and 66 teams playing, and the overall Nos. 67 and 68 teams facing each other. The other First Four games will feature the last four at-large teams on the committee’s final seed list playing one another. The four winning teams advance to first-round games taking place March 20.