Never mind New Year’s Eve. Forget the Fourth of July. The biggest party on the Las Vegas calendar is too much for 24 hours to hold.
We’re talking, of course, about “Tournament Time” and those glorious opening days of back-to-back (to back) college basketball games. The first and second rounds of the tournament – scheduled to tip-off Thursday, March 19 – comprise one of the three busiest weekends in Las Vegas, drawing legions of fans to The Strip, where they will transform The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas into the epicenter of the month’s “madness.”
Powerless to stop them, The Cosmopolitan can only hope to contain them inside its 10th annual Hoops & Hops celebration.
The three-day bash kicks off March 19 inside the 40,000-square-foot Belmont Ballroom on the fourth level of Cosmopolitan’s Chelsea Tower. Doors open at 7:30AM, but don’t be surprised to see your fellow fans lined up more than an hour early, eager to find their seats, place their bets, and choose which of the 68 teams will emerge the national champion.
No matter what time, or day, you arrive, you’re in for much more than just a watch party.
It’s A 360° Viewing Experience
With 16 first-round games on the schedule for Thursday and Friday, Hoops & Hops is adding more screens – 24 projectors and 80 high-def televisions wrapped around every wall and corner – to create a 360°, arena-like viewing experience within the Belmont Ballroom. No matter where you sit, or which direction you’re facing, you’ll be able to see the games.
Reserved seating packages in Belmont Ballroom are priced at $450 per person (plus gratuity and tax) and include space on one of the dozens of private sofas, open bar, and access to the gourmet buffet.
General Admission tickets are $250 and will net you access to the round tables and open bar seating (first come, first serve). The open bar includes well liquors, beer, wine, soda, and water. And food is available for purchase.
Speaking of Food…
With doors opening early and the party lasting into the night, Hoops & Hops is offering GA ticketholders a grab-n-go menu that includes morning and afternoon options, many of them curated from The Cosmopolitan’s award-winning dining portfolio.
So, if you’re in the mood for a healthy breakfast or prefer to splurge hours later on a Hattie B’s Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich or made-to-order street tacos.
And When it’s Time to Place Your Bets…
Hoops & Hops guests are welcome to make their way to The Cosmopolitan Race & Sports Book powered by CG Technology at any time, but who needs to when there are eight betting stations available right outside Belmont Ballroom? With the odds of a perfect bracket at one in 2.4 trillion, according to Duke math professor Jonathan Mattingly, you might have a much better shot at going home a winner by focusing on the individual game action.
Or When You Need a Break…
While many fans will come and go during the first three days of the tournament – re-entry is allowed for all ticketholders – and some don’t want to miss a second of the action.
For those dedicated fans who need the occasional break, Hoops & Hops offers massage therapists in the common areas outside of Belmont Ballroom. If you prefer to get a little exercise during breaks in the action, you take some shots from a hardwood court inside the ballroom, play free rounds of Super Shot basketball inside the ballroom, or get reacquainted with Golden Tee.
And at the end of the evening’s last game, your Hoops & Hops wristband will get you complimentary access to Cosmopolitan’s Marquee Nightclub. DJ Vice and Alan Walker are just two of the artists tapped to perform at the club during the March tournament.
But Who Needs a Break?
Commercial breaks are the quickest way to sour the spirits of fevered sports fans. To keep the energy level at an 11, the Hoops & Hops team will switch the audio to another game during the commercials, so the game action never stops.
It’s the little things that make the biggest differences.
Tickets to Cosmopolitan’s 10th Hoops & Hops college basketball celebration can be purchased via the Hoops & Hops webpage.