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There’s plenty of room to party on the Strip for March Madness

The madness that is March has it raining basketballs on Las Vegas.

Even if you don’t like sports, it’s still better than navigating the Strip in actual rain, right?

Your favorite college team may be done for the season, but that doesn’t mean you have to be.

Preparing for what is consistently one of the most tourist-packed seasons in town, casinos and sports bars are lacing up their Jordans to put their best foot forward.

Games will be played until April 4, and someone was cruel enough to schedule several of them on workdays, so get those flat tires and runny noses ready — you’re calling out.

When you do, you have as many viewing options as there are games.

A little less than $200 will get you entrance to the Forum Ballroom at Caesars Palace, where you can sweat like the players while stuffing your face with premium buffet offerings. Nothing says athletic like breathing heavily over a plate of chicken wings.

Packages include an open bar, live betting stations and table games. All four regions’ games will be broadcast on big screens throughout the room.

For half that price, buffet not included, you can view the tournament in a party setting at the Hard Rock Hotel. Single-day passes cost $100, and doors open 30 minutes before tipoff.

If your annual basketball-centered guys trip to Vegas has you craving luxury only a corporate executive chef can fulfill, Crush at the MGM Grand is featuring a special menu and beer specials, brought to you by Chef William De Marco.

If not, remember what I said about chicken wings?

The world’s largest Hooters is hosting a watch event, too. Fans and bettors can get 20 wings and a pitcher of beer for $25.

There’s no cost to get into the Fiesta Room at El Cortez, where you can get yourself $2 beers and hot dogs.

General admission to the Golden Nugget watch party is also free, but for $150 you can upgrade to VIP and enjoy unlimited drinks and stadium food.

Our local university’s team may be absent from the tourneys, but Las Vegans still know how to throw a party for everyone else. And, since it’s ours, we can cry if we want to.

Contact Kimberly De La Cruz at kdelacruz@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5244. Find her on Twitter: @KimberlyinLV.

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