Vegas Weekender: March Madness hits Las Vegas

Sports fans can experience the NCAA college basketball tournament Vegas-style with viewing parties on the Strip and Fremont Street Experience through April 5 catering to all March Madness needs.

There’s plenty of action for basketball fans, but the weekend also features a roster of top-name headliners.

Sports books

Sports books: from the Palazzo to the palace

Lagasse’s Stadium at Palazzo features plush seating and a prime spot to view the game on more than 80 television screens, including a large, 10-foot by 20-foot projection screen, complete with stadium-style seating. Lagasse’s Stadium also offeres a full bar and tasty menu designed by celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse.

Mandalay Bay sports book offers some of the highest betting limits in all sports and a friendly staff. With 84 television screens and 300 seats, the sports book at Mandalay Bay is easily one of the best in town.

With plenty of seating, individual monitors and several monstrous TV screens, the Caesars Palace race and sports book allows guests their own space to watch the game away from the hustle and bustle on the casino floor. Grab a bite at Bobby Flay’s Mesa Grill, which is located just steps away.

Parties

March Hoops Central at Fremont Street

At Fremont Street Experience fans can watch the world’s largest NCAA bracket on the Viva Vision screen and enjoy stage shows by The Dream Team Divas at 8:30, 9:30 and 10:30 p.m. March 25 – 28, 31 and April 1 – 5 and the Hardwood Hotties at 9:10, 10:10 and 11:10 p.m. on March 26 – 30 and April 1 – 3. Drink specials will be offered at many Fremont Street properties.

Blondies & Sin City Brewing Co. go mad

Located inside the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, Blondies features more than 40 plasma and big screens televisions where guests can enjoy the game along with drink and appetizer specials during all tournament games.

Also inside the Miracle Mile Shops, Sin City Brewing Co. is hosting viewing parties featuring drink specials. Patrons can order food from several restaurants on property for delivery directly to the bar.

Rockhouse features March Mayhem

Rockhouse, located in front of Imperial Palace, is hosting March Madness dive-bar style through April 5 featuring drink specials, beer pong competitions from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and all the college basketball games on 28 big-screen televisions.

Go tailgating at the Rhumbar party

Rhumbar at Mirage features an outdoor tailgate party on a patio overlooking the Strip through April 5. Enjoy tailgate fare, drink specials and a prime spot to watch basketball on multiple big screens. Festivities start 30 minutes before the game and end at the sound of the last buzzer.

Charity

Not as tasty as orange soda, but for a cause

Through Wednesday, March 31, Miracle Mile Shops’ fountain will emit a constant orange color in between its regularly scheduled water shows in support of the Nevada chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Additionally, all money tossed into the fountain as well as the shopping center’s indoor rainstorm feature during the month of March will be donated to the Nevada Chapter.

Shows

Headliners take the stage in Vegas

Rock out with several legendary performers at “I Wanna Rock! Live! Real Rockstars — Mega Hits” at 8 p.m. March 26 – 27 at Las Vegas Hilton. The rock show of mega hits features Twisted Sister frontman and heavy metal icon Dee Snider and former guitarist for The Runaways and solo artist Lita Ford. They’ll be joined by Jeff Keith, lead singer of Tesla and Mark Slaughter of the group Slaughter.

David Copperfield

David Copperfield at MGM Grand

David Spade brings his sarcastic, sharp-tongued brand of humor to audiences in Vegas at 9 p.m. on March 25 – 27 at the Venetian.

Television host and comedian Daniel Tosh makes audiences laugh with his biting observational humor at 10 p.m. on March 26 – 27 at the Mirage.

Lionel Richie keeps audiences partying “All Night Long” in his show at Caesars Palace March 26 – 27 at 8 p.m.

Master magician David Copperfield astounds audiences with his larger-than-life illusions at 7:30 and 10 p.m. nightly; plus 4:30 p.m. Sat. March 25 – 31 at the MGM Grand.

Controversial comic Andrew Dice Clay brings his brazen comedy to the stage at 9 p.m. on March 25 – 28 at the Las Vegas Hilton.

The Flying Karamazov Brothers combine comedy, theater, music and juggling in their high-energy show at the Orleans March 27 – 28 at 8 p.m.

Society of Seven combines seven talented male performers with “American Idol” star Jasmine Trias in a high-energy variety show that the whole family can enjoy. The show is at 7 p.m. Fri. – Sun., March 26 – May 30 at the Gold Coast.

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