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Opening weekend of March Madness 2019 is fast approaching and many of us will be planning our annual pilgrimage to the Mecca of gambling – Las Vegas. Although nationwide sports betting may pull some eyes off the action in Sin City, many of us will still seek out the perfect watch party in Vegas to take in every chaotic game.
As events are scheduled for the opening weekend of the 2019 NCAA Basketball Tournament, we will update the list below!
Westgate Hoops Central
A FREE party held in the International Theater will offer satellite betting stations as well as food and drink specials. Seating is limited so we recommend arriving early or buying a reserved seat for $25 that comes with a free beer.
The D March Hoops Viewing Party
The D will hold their annual FREE watch party in the 12th floor Detroit ballroom for the opening weekend of March Madness. Betting stations, food and drink will be available for purchase. Additionally, there will be Craps and Blackjack tables with a view of the TVs if you are the type that likes to gamble while you gamble.
Man caves are also available for rent. They include all you can eat/drink, 4 TVs with sound and a $25 match play chip. Packages run $175/4 hours, $225/8 hours and $275 for the whole day – Contact the D’s sales team here.
Treasure Island Viewing Party
TI offers a free ballroom viewing party for the opening weekend of march madness complete with a cash bar satellite betting stations. Grab a couple beers at the CVS across the street at Venetian and smuggle them in to save a few bucks.
South Point March Madness Watch Party
If you don’t mind leaving the strip, this free watch party offers a seat, access to betting stations and value food/drink offerings (historically $1 Hot Dogs and $3 bottled beer). The party is growing in popularity, so we recommend getting to the ballroom early to ensure you snag a seat. South Point is also famous for how loose they are with drink tickets. Take care of your ticket writer and they will take care of you.
Green Valley Ranch Watch Party
In line with other Stations Casino properties, GVR has historically hosted a FREE opening weekend watch party in their Estancia Ballroom. Betting stations and value food/drink options will be available for purchase.
Gold Coast March Madness Watch Party
Held annually in the ballroom, the Gold Coast watch party is FREE and typically has plenty of seating capacity in addition to cheap food and drink options.
March Mania at Plaza
Plaza’s annual event will be hosted in the event center and will feature 18 screens and 2 projectors. A one day pass runs only $15 and a 4 day value pass is $40. Both single and multi day pass holders will receive a free T-Shirt and a free drink and food item for each day of admission paid for. If you need more than one drink (you will) Plaza will be offering stadium food and drink to include $5 Grey Good Melon Mules and 16oz Coors Light drafts among other deals. View all the details here!
Cosmopolitan Hoops and Hops 2019
Cosmopolitan is offering 3 day and single day passes to their annual opening weekend event complete with open bar. Pricing is as follows: 3 day pass (Thur/Fri/Sat) $475, single day (Thur/Fri) $225 and single day (Sat) is $150. Passes include access to an open bar complete with beer, wine, well drinks and water. Shots and Red Bull are not included, nor is a guaranteed seat – get there early. Check out additional information here.
Ellis Island Hoops Mania 2019
Ellis will be holding their annual party which, in my opinion, is one of the better values in Vegas. Half day packages range from $50-$60 and full days $90-$110 depending on the day. You will have access to a seat, buffet and all the craft beer you can drink straight from Ellis’ brewery.
Check out more info here.
The Still at Mirage
You can reserve a seat at The Still located of the casino floor at Mirage for $125 food and beverage minimum per session on Thurs/Fri of opening weekend. The Food and Beverage minimum is reduced to $100 per session on the Sat/Sun. AM Sessions run from 9am – 3pm and the PM session is from 3pm – 9 pm.
See additional info here.
Hoops Mania at the Hard Rock Cafe
Buffet featuring “game day favorites” and open bar are included in your entry fee of $220 daily or $500 for a 3 day pass. Tickets can be purchased in advance here. Note, this is at the cafe on the south end of the strip (across from Park MGM) as opposed to Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. William Hill will be on site taking bets and signing folks up for their mobile app.
Beer Park at Paris
You can reserve a seat at Beer Park for a day of first round action for a minimum spend of $175. Enjoy the games and a great view of the Bellagio Fountains. Tax and gratuity of 34.95% will be added to your bill. View more info here.
A bar on the LINQ Promenade focusing on canned beer options, meriCAN is offering full day all you can drink packages for $120 (half day packages also available). You receive a guaranteed seat and all the beer/well drinks you can handle. No food is provided but you can bring in outside options. Check out details here.
PBR Rock Bar
Located right on the strip in the Miracle Mile Shops, PBR Rock Bar is offering full and half day packages guaranteeing patrons a seat and access to an open bar. Food items will be available for purchase and are not included in the price which starts at $150 for half day packages and $240 for the full day. Check out details here.
Rockhouse March Mayhem Viewing Party
Tucked in Venetian’s Grand Canal Shoppes, Rockhouse is offering full and half day watch party tickets which provide a seat and access to a premium open bar. Full day tickets will set you back $240 and you can view ticket info here.
TAP at MGM Grand
Conveniently located near the MGM Grand sportsbook, TAP is offering a seat to watch the chaos of opening weekend in exchange for a $175 minimum spend. Half day packages do not appear to be available. For additional details email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blondies at Miracle Mile Shops
Viewing sessions run from 9am – 3:15 Thu and Fri and then from 3:45pm – 9pm. There is a minimum spend of $50 per seat and you can select which table you would like in the bar. Check out more info here.
Cabo Wabo at Miracle Mile Shops
Surround yourself with massive TV screens ranging from 80 – 200 inches in Cabo Wabo’s loft. This watch party will require a minimum spend of $75 per person in attendance. For reservations, contact email@example.com.
Underground Lounge / The Porch at Hooter’s Hotel and Casino
Hooters will be hosting a watch party on Thurs/Fri of opening weekend. The cost is $99 plus taxes and gratuity for the full day which includes buffet access, all you can drink draft beer and a reserved seat. You can buy a 2 day package for the discounted rate of $150 plus tax / gratuity. Contact KarenDavis@hooterscasinohotel.com for reservations.
TopGolf March Madness Viewing Party
Once again, TopGolf is hosting a viewing party for the opening weekend of March Madness. Viewing options are offered by session – The AM session runs from 9am – 1pm and the PM session is from 1:30pm – 5pm. Pricing is a bit all over the map based on what level you want to sit on and whether you want to hit some balls or just chill. Packages start at $200 food and beverage minimum (for 4 guys) which doesn’t include a $100 “sitting fee” per session and options get more expensive from there. You can get a full menu of pricing options by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. As much as I love the Vegas TopGolf, I feel there is better value to be found elsewhere. It is important to note that the AM/PM sessions offered are shorter than the morning/evening sessions offered elsewhere and the PM session wont even allow you to catch the late games.
Did we miss your viewing party? Let us know in the comments and well add it!
Thinking of doing a trip to Vegas for March Madness? Following the March Madness in Las Vegas Facebook page is a must. Members of the group provide up to the minute watch party info / act as a resource to answer questions about the opening weekend of the tourney.