Occasion: The Super Bowl Party / Big Fight
Why stay home for the big game or fight and do a little friendly wager with your buddies? At least you know the casinos will pay up what they owe you.
Q: What casino has the best Super Bowl events?
A: Something for everyone. That should be the slogan for Vegas. Most sports books in town show the big game and there are plenty of action-packed locations to choose from. We have put together a convenient Super Bowl page. Some strip clubs also throw Super Bowl celebrations and invite special "celebrity" dancers in for the event. (Talk about a halftime show!) Lagasse's Stadium at the Palazzo is a mega sports book with more than 100 televisions, stadium-style seating and an outdoor patio that opens up right onto the Las Vegas Strip. Guests can enjoy a great view of the game and a tasty bite from Super Chef Emeril Lagasse's mouth-watering menu. The Sporting House Bar & Grill at New York-New York is a sports fan's dream. It features 130 high-definition TVs, including two that are16 feet long. Along with the Midfield dining room, a main bar and a row of big leather recliners, guests can reserve the MVP Room, Screening Room or Boulevard Suites for throwing private parties among friends. Inside the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino is Blondies Las Vegas. Games are broadcast on 40 big-screen TVs -- plus, there is beer pong. Be aware that you may have to reserve a table or pay an entrance fee for viewing parties during major events, but unlimited beer and snacks are usually included in the price. Also, check out two popular off-Strip sports books, where you'll always find the lively yet casual atmosphere of a sports bar. The Hard Rock Race & Sports Book is adorned with big plasma screens and sports memorabilia, while the LVH Superbook is home to a massive 15-foot-by-20-foot screen as well as the Ultimate Fan Cave, a smoke-free viewing area.
Q: We want to rent a suite for the Super Bowl/big fight for eight of us. We need a huge TV, full bar and plenty of room service. What hotel fits the bill?
A: The Four Seasons offers the 3,000-square-foot presidential suites complete with large-screen TVs, incredible Strip views and a full service staff available. Split the bill with a group of friends as the presidential suites start at $3,000. The Palms is also renowned for its party-inspired "Fantasy" suites. In addition to watching the game, sports fans are sure to delight in the added amenities at the Hardwood Suite, where you can take shots on an indoor basketball court, or the Kingpin Suite, which boasts a bowling alley. Also, keep in mind that while football will be shown on free TV, major fights may be blacked out or may not be available inside a room. Make sure to check this out before you finalize your plans.
Q: Where do the boxers hang out after the fight?
A: You've got to go where the boxing match is being held. Usually at Mandalay Bay or MGM Grand. The boxers will frequently work out at the sponsoring hotel's gym. You can check out the sports book or convention area of the sponsoring hotel a day or two before the fight where they sometimes have public weigh-ins. You might also catch a glimpse at one of boxers by checking out the nightlife scene in Las Vegas. Some of the nightclubs have special nights on the weekend of the fight that are hosted by one of the fighters.
Q: Which hotels typically host the big fights in Vegas?
A: Several hotels host fights when they come into town. Sometimes they take place at the Events Center at Mandalay Bay or in the Grand Garden Arena at MGM. Fights also take place inside The Pearl at Palms and at The Joint in Hard Rock Hotel.