The NCAA men’s college basketball tournament kicks off with the first round of 64 teams duking it out March 19-22. Cinderella stories, bracket breaking upsets and fan favorite teams face off during one of the craziest times of the year in Las Vegas.
The dream destination, of course, is the 350-seat race and sports book at Westgate Las Vegas. At 30,000 square feet, it's the world’s largest.
Here’s a look at 12 other ways to get in on the March Madness in Las Vegas.
—Head over to the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for Hoops & Hops, a three-day basketball tournament celebration inside The Chelsea, which will be transformed into a sports lounge for the first round of tournament action. Gourmet stadium fare and game-day snacks will also be available throughout the weekend.
—Take a break from the action at Holstein’s Shakes & Buns at the resort for The Bracket Burger, an 8-ounce, dry-aged beef patty topped with American cheese, a fried egg, firecracker onions, lettuce, tomato, avocado, spicy mustard and barbecue sauce for $15.95.
—Watch all the action on the 20 big screens at Lagasse’s Stadium at the Palazzo. Doors open at 9 a.m. and food specials include chilled Alaskan King crab legs for $55 a pound, shucked oysters for $16 for a half dozen and a surf-n-turf tomahawk bone-in, 30-ounce rib-eye steak for $75.
—Head to Rhumbar at the Mirage for single day party packages for $150 per person or four-day tailgate packages for $375. The deals include unlimited mixed drinks and breakfast burritos, hot pastrami sandwiches, double cheeseburgers, nachos, hot dogs and more.
—The Pub at Monte Carlo dishes out five for $20 beer buckets featuring Budweiser, Bud Light, Bud Light Lime, Shock Top and Michelob Ultra during the tournament.
—Every bar at Caesars Palace serves up five for $30 beer buckets of Miller Lite and Coors Lite, $12 Bacardi Oakheart and Patron Anejo cocktails, $11 Skyy Bloody Marys, Jack Daniel’s and Jack Honey cocktails and $10 Jameson shots.
—Challenge Basketball Hall of Fame members Moses Malone and Gary Payton to a game of horse from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on March 21 at the Spanish Steps at Caesars Palace.
—Head to downtown Las Vegas for the Fremont Street Experience’s sixth annual Downtown Hoopstown through April 6 with the stage production show "Hardwood Hotties." There will also be an interactive high hoops zone, the world’s largest NCAA bracket and a basketball-themed show displayed on the 1,500-foot Viva Vision canopy.