From Hoops to Hops: How to Do It Right in Vegas Come Tourney Time

If you’re still deciding where to see the games, here are five reasons to celebrate at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Las Vegas sees tens of millions of visitors every year, but there’s just something about tournament season that feels like everybody is in the house. Once the games begin, the world revolves around the Strip. To be even more specific, the world revolves around The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas.

The mega-resort is known for its spectacular “Hoops & Hops” party. Billed as a “college basketball luxury viewing experience,” the three-day event caters to die-hard and novice bettors alike, with four separate ticket tiers for the tournament’s busy opening days.

If you’re still deciding where to see the games, here is your five point checklist:

1.“Tournament Madness” Betting Preview

Extend your vacation and get a head start on your tournament strategy at the March 20 betting preview inside the CG Technology Sportsbook at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. “TC Martin Show on Fox Sports Radio” host TC Martin, CG Sports Book Vice President Jason Simbal, famed Las Vegas handicapper Scott Spreitzer and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas’s Vice President of Casino Operations Brian Benowitz have been tapped to serve as the resort’s panel of experts, offering tips and predictions for fans. You’ll want to hear what they say before you place your bets. March 20, 1 p.m.

2. A “Wall-to-Wall Basketball Mecca”

Once you step inside the Cosmopolitan’s Belmont Ballroom, you’ll never want March to end. The 40,000-square-foot space will be transformed into a “wall-to-wall basketball mecca” for the tournament, with stadium-style HD screens covering the walls, complimentary bar games (including a regulation-size basketball court) and an on-site sports book with 10 betting stations. Ticket packages include the Saturday Single Day Open Bar Pass ($150); the Thursday and Friday Single Day Open Bar Pass ($225); the $400-per-day reserved seating deal (with access to a gourmet buffet and open bar); and the all-in Three Day Open Bar Pass ($475) that covers the entire weekend.

3. Food. Tons of It.

Guests returning to The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas for the first time since the 2018 tournament will find there’s plenty more to experience in the realm of food and drink. The resort opened its Block 16 Urban Food Hall, serving up six distinctly delicious dining experiences, including James Beard Award-winning Chef Andy Ricker’s Pok Pok Wing and Portland Chef Rick Gencarelli’s Lardo sandwich eatery. Even if you’re planning to never leave your reserved seat, you’ll find an unlimited buffet and plenty of à la carte options inside the Belmont Ballroom.

4. A Classy Tournament Cocktail Experience

Also on the first floor, just east of the CG Technology Sportsbook, is CliQue Bar & Lounge, one of the more inspired cocktail rooms in the city. You won’t find cans and bottles here, just a bevy of concoctions conceived by the head mixologist. When your bracket goes bust, order yourself the “Doctor’s Orders” for a quick recovery, or celebrate your win with “Underneath the Sheets” or the “Bow Street Banana.” CliQue is bringing in more big screens to accommodate tournament guests, with half-day ($150) and full-day ($300) seatings available.

5. The Party Continues at Marquee Nightclub

Anyone with a valid “Hoops & Hops” wristband gets free entry to The Cosmopolitan’s Marquee Nightclub. If that weren’t a big enough incentive, the resort has stacked the weekend with some of its biggest resident acts, including Fedde Le Grand, Shock Wes and Eric D-Lux. After spending a long day on a couch, you’ll want to stretch your legs on the dance floor.

Tickets to the “Hoops & Hops” party can be purchased at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas website or by calling Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000.