The start of March Madness is already one of sports’ greatest weekends. Watching in Las Vegas takes the Madness to another level. Here’s how to do it right – even if you’re on a budget!
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March Madness is that rarest of sporting events, where the excitement peaks right at the start.
For sports fans still recovering from following the NFL playoffs, the NCAA Tournament figures to be an entirely different experience.
In most postseasons, everything builds to the climactic final – the Super Bowl, the World Series, the Stanley Cup Finals.
And while the Final Four is certainly a marquee event, for many fans and bettors the highlight of March Madness is those first four days of action from Thursday to Sunday. Wall-to-wall college hoops from morning to night with no breaks in between as the field shrinks from 68 down to 16.
If you think that’s exciting – try viewing the four-day extravaganza from the unofficial capital of sports wagering in Las Vegas, Nevada! Never been to Vegas for March Madness? Here’s your unofficial guide on where to watch March Madness 2023 in Vegas.
Best Bars in Las Vegas to Watch March Madness
There are as many ways to plan a Vegas trip for March Madness as there are potential destinations once you arrive!
We constructed this list with budget-conscious tourists in mind. For every high-roller, high-priced destination and attraction, there’s an equally enjoyable experience to be had for a fraction of the price. Some examples:
Circa Stadium Swim
Circa’s 143-foot high-definition TV screen eliminates the worry for “will I be able to see all the games?”
“March Mania Under the Sun” kicks off the unofficial Vegas pool season as the first major event at Circa’s Stadium Swim. General admission tickets are available for as little as $20. Then there’s additional features such as VIP Lounge seats and private cabanas for an additional charge.
Circa hosts events for each and every day of March Madness, from the opening weekend to the National Championship game on April 3.
Stadia Bar at Caesars
Stadia takes reservations every day of the tournament, and it’s best to reserve sooner rather than later.
Most importantly, Stadia isn’t your typical sports bar. It features a high-end menu, numerous amenities, and nightlife options after the games conclude for the day. During March Madness, Stadia offers a generous beverage credit for each table you reserve.
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Here’s a one-of-a-kind experience. Watch the Tournament games, and win some side bets off your friends while you all hit some golf balls in between games!
The four-story TopGolf located just a short walk from MGM Grand features the full Sin City experience, with a nightclub on the top floor, food/drink service… and during March Madness, special watch parties.
TopGolf is currently accepting reservations for the first three days of the Tournament.
Best Vegas Sportsbooks to Watch March Madness
Everybody likes a good time. But if you’re heading to Vegas for the biggest event on the college sports calendar it makes sense to check out the best places to place your live wagers.
Fortunately, the birthplace of U.S. sports gambling has you covered. March Madness games tip off at 9 a.m. for the first four days of the tournament, and best believe that sportsbooks will be packed well in advance of that start time each morning.
Here are the best places to find a spot:
We’re going off the Strip – but not too far – for our first selection. Located just a block east of Las Vegas Boulevard, the 20,000-plus square foot sportsbook is quickly becoming one of Vegas’ crown jewels.
The LED video wall and 4K screens are a highlight for any sports fan, but Westgate also employs its own oddsmakers and posts lines as quickly as any establishment.
Props betting, futures – you’ll find it all at Westgate. Along with an amazing atmosphere for big events like the NCAA Tournament.
A must-see for any sports bettor on a trip to Vegas. Not to mention those who are watching March Madness in Vegas
Caesars Palace has always been on the cutting edge of live sports betting experiences. What’s more, recent renovation and upgrades keep the Caesars Sportsbook near the top of the list in the desert.
Caesars features plenty of ticket windows, easy access to the casino floor so you can get in a few hands of blackjack or poker between games, and almost 200 reclining leather chairs assure that while you’ll be on the edge of your seat during March Madness. At least it’ll be a comfortable seat at that!
Wynn Las Vegas
Another massive (1,600 square feet) LED screen ensures you won’t miss a minute of the action.
But at the Wynn, select seats come with their own private monitors. This allows you to zero in on that one game where you made your biggest wager of the season.
Wynn enthusiasts swear by the ‘intensity’ inside the sportsbook during big events. If you’re looking to relax and watch the game, the Wynn may not be your first choice.
Then again, if relaxing during the game is on the agenda, you’re probably not in Vegas during March Madness!
The Venetian/Lagasse’s Stadium at the Palazzo
These two options are contained within one resort, but while the Venetian offers a more traditional, raucous sportsbook environment, head on over to the Stadium for a unique experience.
With stadium-style seating and an unrivaled menu created by famed chef Emeril Lagasse (thus the name), the Palazzo offers over 100 seats that you’ll definitely want to reserve ahead of time. It’s the top choice if you’ve got a particular taste in mind while checking out the March Madness action.
You can’t go wrong in Las Vegas when choosing a sport to watch the tournament games. But in 2023, there’s a whole new factor…
March Madness Games in Las Vegas!
Las Vegas has always been an unofficial home of March Madness, with fans converging on the city each year to watch the games with several thousands of their not-so-closest friends.
Now, we can remove “unofficial” from that tag. For the first time, Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena will host the West Regional semifinals and final on March 23 and 25.
Vegas’ profile for live events has exploded since the arrival of the NHL’s Golden Knights in 2017 and the NFL’s Raiders a few years later.
Next year, the city officially arrives as a destination in the sporting world when Super Bowl LVIII comes to town.
The West Regional final will serve as a high-stakes dress rehearsal for not only the big game, but for the Final Four in 2028, which will be held at the more spacious Allegiant Stadium.
We won’t know the teams headed to the West regional final until the days leading up to the event. This can present a bit of a challenge in terms of planning ahead for diehard fans of a particular team.
But for fans making the trip to Vegas for the second weekend of March Madness – the all-important Sweet 16 and Elite 8 rounds, which determine the qualifiers for the Final Four in Houston on April 1 – expect even bigger crowds than normal.
During March Madness, as usual, Las Vegas has something for everybody. There’s countless restaurants and bars with special events, numerous robust sportsbooks bustling with fans and visitors, and now, the option to attend a live March Madness game just a short walk from your resort or hotel.
With apologies to the holiday season, in Las Vegas, March is the most wonderful time of the year!