March Madness. The 2022 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 2022, March Madness kicks off with Selection Sunday on March 13th. The dates for all the events that are connected with the tournament are:
Selection Sunday – March 13. 2022 – N/A
First Four March 15 & 16. 2022 – Dayton, Ohio
First/Second March 17 & 19, 2022 – Buffalo, New York
First/Second March 17 & 19, 2022 – Cincinnati, Ohio
First/Second March 17 & 19, 2022 – Fort Worth, Texas
First/Second March 17 & 19, 2022 – Portland, Oregon
First/Second March 18 & 20, 2022 – Greenville, South Carolina
First/Second March 18 & 20, 2022 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
First/Second March 18 & 20, 2022 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
First/Second March 18 & 20, 2022 – San Diego, California
Sweet 16/Elite Eight March 24 & 26, 2022 – San Antonio, Texas
Sweet 16/Elite Eight March 24 & 26, 2022 – San Francisco, California
Sweet 16/Elite Eight March 25 & 27, 2022 – Chicago, Illinois
Sweet 16/Elite Eight March 25 & 27, 2022 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Final Four – April 2, 2022 – New Orleans
NCAA Championship Game — April 4, 2022 – New Orleans
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, and Tailgate Social at Palace Station. 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!