Championship Week in men’s college basketball covering 31 individual conference tournaments sets the stage for Selection Sunday. This is when the 68-team field for the annual NCAA Tournament is first released.
This year’s tournament will take place between March 18 and April 5. In a unique twist, all 67 games will be played in Indiana with a heavy concentration of games being played in Indianapolis.
Regardless of where the actual games take place, the best place to be for one of the biggest betting events of the year is still Las Vegas. The entire town is busy gearing up for this year’s NCAA Tournament in an effort to make the 2021 Big Dance the biggest of them all.
A shift in this year’s schedule moves the bulk of the action to the weekend. The First Round will take place on Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20. This consists of 32 games in two days.
The following weekend hosts the eight games that make up the Sweet 16. The Final Four semifinal matchups are slated for Saturday, April 3 with the NCAA championship game taking place on Monday, April 5.
Along with all the top casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, the downtown area of Las Vegas is making big plans to attract basketball fans and bettors alike to their sportsbook.
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The Flamingo Las Vegas has put together a ‘Hoops on the Strip’ package for watching the games. Guests will receive two premier seats in the sportsbook along with a pair of drink tickets. Prices vary depending on the actual seat.
The VIP Booth Package at Harrah’s Las Vegas offers the ultimate viewing experience. This sportsbook option offers seating for up to four guests with a pair of drink tickets for everyone.
The Linq Hotel has become famous for its “fan caves.” These are available for every major sporting event. This designated viewing area provides the necessary audio and video capabilities to watch up to six different games at the same time. This package has a beverage service with food delivery from Guy Fieri’s Vegas Kitchen & Bar.
The Still is located in the Mirage. This venue will be hosting a “Brackets and Beers” event. From start to finish, fans can enjoy all the tournament action with more than 50 different craft beers and 30 different video screens broadcasting the games.
Brackets and Beers is broken down into two separate viewing options. The first session runs from 9 a.m. local time to 2:30 p.m. The next session starts at 3 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m.
One of the newest casino resorts in Las Vegas is Circa Sports Las Vegas. It is located in the downtown area on Fremont Street. This is also home to the world’s largest sportsbook as Circa’s biggest attraction.
The sportsbook itself spans three separate floors. Stadium Swim combines sports betting action with six different pools, swim-up bars, cabanas and personal chaise lounges. It also offers a 135-foot video screen overlooking the pools while spanning all three levels of the sportsbook. General admission tickets are available for each day of this year’s NCAA Tournament.