By Caroline Fontein
Watching football on television is one thing, but sitting in a sports book or bar in Las Vegas and cheering on your team adds a whole new element to game day. Whether you want to put
money on the game or be somewhere exciting to watch your team play, you can do it all in Vegas.
“The atmosphere, the electricity, it’s unbelievable with all the types of bets that are going on,” said Jay Kornegay vice president of race and sports book operations at the Las Vegas Hilton. “I know that some people say, ‘I don’t really have an opinion on [the game], but once I put $5 on it, I have an opinion now.’ So that kind of electricity, that kind of rush, can only take place in Las Vegas.”
This football season, sports books, bars and restaurants across the Las Vegas Strip are catering to fans with state-of-the-art viewing options, food and drink specials and easy access betting opportunities. Venues in Vegas bring all the football action you see on television to life for fans who want more out of following their team than sitting at home on the couch. This
football season, cheer for your team, Vegas style
Lagasse’s Stadium inside the Palazzo kicks game-day excitement up a notch with more than 100 high-defi nition televisions, stadium-style seating and a food and dr ink menu
created by celebrity Chef Emeril Lagasse. The interior is classier than your average bar, for those who want to watch the game in style. The venue has seats for 551 people including patio seats with views of the Strip. A 9-foot by 16-foot television situated in the center of the venue lets everyone have a good view of the game. The stadium-style seating is situated around the main screen. Along with being able to watch a football game at almost
every angle, guests also have access to billiard tables, sports betting stations, video poker machines, table games and during-the-game sports betting in the palm of your hand via pocketcasino mobile devices.
With six 12-foot by 15-foot screens, a 20-foot by 50-foot LED board and 12 50-inch plasma screens, fans are immersed in everything football at the Caesars Palace Race & Sports Book. The sports book has 140 sports seats available and a 12-inch fl at-screen TV at every table. The book offers limited reserved seating based on availability. Food and drinks are available in
the sports book.
A 5,300 – square – foot , state-of-the-art bett ing arena, the MGM Grand Race & Sports Book is a prime spot to catch the game. The sports book features seating for 104 guests, 36 60-inch plasma telev i sions, 2 4 42-inch plasma televisions and four skyboxes. Each skybox is equipped with the latest technology including 42-inch plasma televisions and surround-sound audio and CD systems. They offer a special-second level view and can seat about eight to 10 guests.
Every Sunday starting at 9 a.m. the Las Vegas Hilton hosts Football Central in the Hilton Theater. All of the NFL games are broadcast on giant HD television screens, capable of showing 14 games at once. The theater holds about 1,500 seats, making it one of the largest football viewing venues in Vegas. At Football Central fans can cheer on their teams while enjoying food and drink specials, giveaways and satellite betting stations. This party is free and non-smoking. A map indicating which game is going to appear on which screen is given to guests when they enter the theater, so fans can pick their seats accordingly. Betting stations are situated right outside the theater for easy access throughout the games. This free event continues through the big game.
New this year, the Hilton is also hosting Football Central on select Saturdays for college football fans. This event starts at 8:30 a.m. on the following Saturdays: Sept. 17, Oct. 1, 29, Nov. 5. More dates may be added throughout the season.
PBR Rock Bar & Grill at the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood invites die-hard fans to watch all the fall-off – your-seat football action from the restaurant’s 105 HDTVs. During every game PBR offers buckets of fi ve Budweiser or Bud Light beers for $19 and buckets of imported beers for $24. On Monday night PBR o ers $5 Smirnoff vodka drinks. In honor of Monday Night Football they also offer a 48-ounce football souvenir cup that can be purchased and filled with a domestic draft beer for $20. Refills are $10. Additional costs apply
for imported beers and mixed drinks.
It’s all football, all season long at Cabo Wabo Cantina in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood. The restaurant and bar is offering game time specials, kickoff return rewards, a touchdown wheel of deals, complimentary shots to fans of winning teams and a Monday night
loyalty program. With college and NFL games kicking off, Cabo Wabo opens at 8 a.m. on
Saturday and Sunday. Cabo Wabo will show every game on one of their numerous big-screen televisions. Game time specials including $5 touchdown shots, $5 Buffalo chicken nachos and buckets of fries, $10 buckets of wings and $20 buckets of beer give every fan something to cheer about.
Monday Night Football ta ke s on a new l ife at Rockhouse Bar & Nightclub located in front of the Imperial Palace. Every Monday night Rockhouse will show the game on their 28 HDTVs
and offer football fanatics $30 bottomless domestic draft beers during the game.
McFadden’s Restaurant and Saloon at the Rio is letting football fans tap into their primal instincts at the “Man Cave,” a fully-stocked sanctuary available for groups and private parties throughout football season. The Man Cave features three comfy couches, a recliner, three HD fl at-screen televisions, one full-size keg of Coors Light or beer of choice and an over-the- top platter of more than 100 chicken wings or platter of choice with an assortment
of various snacks. Beer pong tables allow guests to show of their own athletic skills during game down-time. The Man Cave is priced at about $500 per game depending upon the food and drink options. For more information or to make reservations call (702) 270-6200.
Every Saturday through Monday during football season the outdoor patio at Rhumbar at the Mirage turns into the prime spot for tailgating and watching your team play. Saturday through Sunday fans can celebrate with a noon to 6 p.m. happy hour featuring $5 Stoli Cocktails, Rum Punch, 16-ounce bottles of Miller Lite, Sam Adams and $20 60-ounce pitchers of Miller Lite. On Monday night fans can indulge in $30 buckets of six Miller Lites. Fans are
encouraged to wear their team colores.
Every Monday night, LBS Burger Joint at Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa is offering a “Drink to Drown” special featuring 10-cent draft beers with the purchase of any entrée. For each 10-cent draft beer purchased, patrons will receive an entry ticket to add in a raffe pool. At the end of football season, one lucky fan will be chosen from the raffe to win a fully-catered
LBS party to celebrate the big game that they can share with 20 of their closest friends
and family members.
Fans with an appetite for the game and a hearty bite to eat can satisfy their hunger at Rick Moonen’s RM Seafood at Mandalay Bay. Every Saturday and Sunday during football season from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. the restaurant is offering “Bottomless Brunch” featuring unlimited orders of treats such as: chorizo & egg wrap, “RM” eggs Benedict, French toast, chicken sandwiches, “RM” burger and moon ‘n doggies, a gourmet shrimp dog creation inspired by Chef Moonen’s appearances on Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters.” This palate-pleasing feast is priced at $30 per person (excluding tax and gratuity).
For football fanatics who want all the game time betting action in the palm of their hand, Cantor Gaming offers fans the best of both worlds. Cantor Gaming is the first company licensed by the Nevada Gaming Commission to manufacture, distribute and operate a mobile gaming system in Nevada. They currently operate the race and sports books at the M Resort, Hard Rock Hotel, Tropicana, Cosmopolitan, Venetian and Palazzo.
“We’ve built a luxury brand item within a casino which is not limited to just luxury customers. Every sports book that we operate in Nevada is state-of-the-art, the latest in the world’s
technology provided by us which provides the platform for people to be mobile as well as stationary depending on what their needs are,” said President and CEO of Cantor Gaming Lee Amaitis.
Cantor Gaming just released a new sports application on a new Samsung Galaxy Tablet. This is replacing their current mobi le gaming device. Through mobile gaming gamblers have access to slot games, video poker, table games and propriety games developed by Cantor Gaming. The devices also feature sports betting options including in-running wagering for
fans who want to place bets during the game without ever having to leave their seat. If
you prefer to be mobile, the devices can be used in various approved areas within the
Cantor Gaming is currently in submission for approval for their new tablets to be approved for use not only within the casino but oustide as well. Amaitis explained that he thinks approval will come through sometime during the football season. For now football fans have access to betting whether they are on the go within a specific property or hanging out with friends watching the game.