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Las Vegas Prepares For College Football Bowl Season As Ultimate Destination For Sports Fans

VEGAS.com travel experts recommend the best places to view this season's hottest matchups

 

As the world tunes in to see the college football season close, many will turn to Las Vegas to serve as a sports fan's sanctuary, offering the best venues to get in on the action.  With so many choices, the travel experts at VEGAS.com have stepped in to help the discerning viewer with a list of the top game viewing and betting hot spots throughout the city.  They include:

 

Caesars Palace Race and Sports Book
Voted "Best Sports Book" in Las Vegas four years straight by a local Las Vegas newspaper, this sports book has a VIP-style area, separated by ropes that feature 22 tables with personal monitors so guests can keep tabs on the game closest to their heart — and wallet.

Lagasse's Stadium at The Palazzo
Combining everything guests love in a bar and sports book, Lagasse's Stadium offers tasty cuisine from Celebrity Chef Emeril Lagasse.  The bar hosts up to 1,300 people and features 100 high-definition TV screens along with a 9-foot by 16-foot giant flat screen that gives fans a view no matter where they sit. 

Las Vegas Hilton Race and Sports SuperBook
The Las Vegas Hilton's Race and Sports Superbook encompasses 30,000 square feet and offers more than 300 seats. There are 60 viewing monitors, including 28 large screens and one mammoth 15' x 20' screen showing all of the biggest games and races.

McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon at The Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino
Guests can try their luck of the Irish at McFadden's. With a spacious, 7,000-square-foot layout (including a private party room that can accommodate up to 150 people), McFadden's has more than enough room to fit your party and all the Irish jokes that come with it. More than 20 high-definition, plasma televisions are scattered throughout the bar (which doubles as a restaurant), making certain that you won't miss a second of the game.

M Resort Race and Sports Book
The M Resort Race and Sports Book features 23 televisions to catch all the latest football action. Comfortable seating, cocktail service and cutting-edge technology add to the excitement of your experience. In addition to regular lounge seating, there is also a VIP lounge area where guests can feel special while placing their bets. The race book seats 50, the sports book seats 40, and there is additional seating for eight in the mobile gaming area.

MGM Grand Race and Sports Book
Aside from offering 5,300 square feet of bettor's heaven at the MGM Grand Race and Sports Book, there are also skyboxes to give you the feel of a luxury box at your favorite football stadium. Each skybox ranges from 300-325 square feet, fits up to 10 guests and features plasma TVs, CD systems and surround sound.

The Pub at Monte Carlo
The Pub has become a premier destination for sports fans with TVs covering every direction you look. The overall décor of The Pub is industrial, but the shrine de beer in the entrance hardly says industrial. More than 50 kegs are lined up to form a wall with light permeating from behind to light up the signs of beers like Tecate, Guinness, Amstel Light and Longboard.

Rockhouse Bar and Nightclub at Imperial Palace
Guests are encouraged to swing by the Rockhouse Bar and Nightclub which features 28 high-definition TVs showing the action.  At 10 p.m., Rockhouse transforms into a nightclub, giving guests a place to celebrate their team's win or try to forget their loss while watching the attractive staff swing on tires over the bar.

Wynn Las Vegas Race & Sports Book
The Wynn hotel is one of Las Vegas' most luxurious resorts and the sports book at the property is one of the most upscale places in town to place a bet or watch a game. The sports book features dark wood décor and there are plush leather swiveling armchairs with drink holders and desks. There is also a VIP lounge with 20 seats including comfortable couches. Gamblers can watch the action on one of 37 plasma TVs and three 12-foot-by-12-foot big screens.

More info on these and other Vegas sports bars can be found here

The schedule for the college bowl games is:

Dec. 18

  • New Mexico Bowl: Brigham Young (6-6) vs. Texas-El Paso (6-6) at Albuquerque.
  • uDrove Humanitarian Bowl: Northern Illinois (10-3) vs. Fresno State (8-4) at Boise, Idaho.
  • R+L Carrier New Orleans Bowl: Ohio (8-4) vs. Troy (7-5) at New Orleans.

 

Dec. 21

  • Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl: Southern Mississippi (8-4) vs. Louisville (6-6) at St. Petersburg, Fla.

 

Dec. 22

  • MAACO Bowl Las Vegas: Utah (10-2) vs. Boise State (11-1) at Las Vegas.

 

Dec. 23

  • San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl: Navy (8-3) vs. San Diego State (8-4) at San Diego.

 

Dec. 24

  • Sheraton Hawaii Bowl: Hawaii (10-3) vs. Tulsa (9-3) at Honolulu.

 

Dec. 26

  • Little Caesars Bowl: Florida International (6-6) vs. Toledo (8-4) at Detroit.

 

Dec. 27

  • AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl: Air Force (8-4) vs. Georgia Tech (6-6) at Shreveport, La.

 

Dec. 28

  • Champs Sports Bowl: West Virginia (9-3) vs. North Carolina State (8-4) at Orlando, Fla.
  • Insight Bowl: Missouri (10-2) vs. Iowa (7-5) at Tempe, Ariz.

 

Dec. 29

  • Military Bowl Presented by Northrop Grumman: East Carolina (6-6) vs. Maryland (8-4) at Washington.
  • Texas Bowl: Illinois (6-6) vs. Baylor (7-5) at Houston.
  • Valero Alamo Bowl: Oklahoma State (10-2) vs. Arizona (7-5) at San Antonio.

 

Dec. 30

  • Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl: Army (6-5) vs. Southern Methodist (7-6) at Dallas.
  • New Era Pinstripe Bowl: Kansas State (7-5) vs. Syracuse (7-5) at New York.
  • Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl: North Carolina (7-5) vs. Tennessee (6-6) at Nashville.
  • Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl: Nebraska (10-3) vs. Washington (6-6) at San Diego.

Dec. 31

  • Meineke Car Care Bowl: South Florida (7-5) vs. Clemson (6-6) at Charlotte, N.C.
  • Hyundai Sun Bowl: Notre Dame (7-5) vs. Miami (Fla.) (7-5) at El Paso, Texas.
  • AutoZone Liberty Bowl: Georgia (6-6) vs. Central Florida (10-3) at Memphis.
  • Chick-fil-A Bowl: South Carolina (9-4) vs. Florida State (9-4) at Atlanta.

Jan. 1

  • TicketCity Bowl: Northwestern (7-5) vs. Texas Tech (7-5) at Dallas.
  • Outback Bowl: Florida (7-5) vs. Penn State (7-5) at Tampa, Fla.
  • Capital One Bowl: Alabama (9-3) vs. Michigan State (11-1) at Orlando, Fla.
  • Gator Bowl: Mississippi State (8-4) vs. Michigan (7-5) at Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Rose Bowl presented by VIZIO: Wisconsin (11-1) vs. Texas Christian (12-0) at Pasadena, Calif.
  • Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: Connecticut (8-4) vs. Oklahoma (11-2) at Glendale, Ariz.

Jan. 3

  • Discover Orange Bowl: Stanford (11-1) vs. Virginia Tech (11-2) at Miami.

Jan. 4

  • Allstate Sugar Bowl: Ohio State (11-1) vs. Arkansas (10-2) at New Orleans.

Jan. 6

  • GoDaddy.com Bowl: Middle Tennessee (6-6) vs. Miami (Ohio) at Mobile, Ala.

Jan. 7

  • AT&T Cotton Bowl: Louisiana State (10-2) vs. Texas A&M (9-3) at Arlington, Texas.

Jan. 8

  • BBVA Compass Bowl: Pittsburgh (7-5) vs. Kentucky (6-6) at Birmingham, Ala.

Jan. 9

  • Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl: Nevada (12-1) vs. Boston College (7-5) at San Francisco.

Jan. 10

  • Tostitos BCS National Championship Game: Oregon (12-0) vs. Auburn (13-0) at Glendale, Ariz.

 

To speak to a VEGAS.com travel expert, contact Alison Monaghan at Kirvin Doak Communications: 702-737-3100.

 

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