March Madness. The 2021 NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournament. It’s truly the most exciting time of the year in collegiate sports. And Las Vegas is THE PLACE to catch all the exciting hard-court action. Who will make it to the sweet sixteen, the elite eight, and the final four? Will the champion teams be among the darlings of college hoops, or will it be another Cinderella story?
In 2021, March Madness kicks off with Selection Sunday on March 14th. The dates for all the events that are connected with the tournament are:
Selection Sunday: March 14, 2021
First Four: March 18, 2021
1st/2nd Rounds: March 19 – 22, 2021
Sweet 16: March 27 and March 28, 2021
Elite 8: March 29 and March 30, 2021
Final Four, National Championship: April 3 and April 5, 2021
When you’re in Las Vegas during this magical season, your best bets for feeling like you are practically courtside for all the big matchups are the two Las Vegas resorts with the most ginormous sportsbooks. They are the Westgate Las Vegas and the Circa Resort & Casino. At these massive sportsbooks, you’ll have it all in spades: every betting option under the sun, giant high-definition TVs, promotions and giveaways, and food and beverage options from hotdogs and beer to gametime gourmet. Some of the other large full-service casino sportsbooks to consider for catching college hoops are at Caesars Palace, The Linq Hotel + Experience, and The Mirage. Reserved seating will be the best way to go, so be sure and claim your spot as far in advance as possible so you won’t miss a play!
Sports Bars are another great way to enjoy March Madness in style in Las Vegas. On the Strip, some of our favorites are Blondies Sports Bar & Grill and PBR Rock Bar, both located at the Planet Hollywood Miracle Mile Shops; The Still at the Mirage; Charlie’s Bar + Grill at Wynn Las Vegas; Tap at the MGM Grand; and ameriCAN Beer & Cocktails at The Linq. For local neighborhood watering holes with excellent sports viewing the standouts include Born and Raised (3 locations); Sporting Life (Southwest); and Distill (9 locations). At all of these establishments, fans will have excellent TV viewing, plenty of appetizing gametime food options, and fan-friendly service. Arrive early, these places will all fill up well before kick-off!