Las Vegas gets its game face on for Super Bowl Sunday

With its numerous sports bars and massive sports books, Las Vegas is perhaps the next best place to be for football fans on Super Bowl Sunday.

Of course, in 2024 it will be the place to be, as the city hosts the big game for the first time. But for fans not fortunate enough to have tickets for this year’s game just (four hours or so) down the road in Arizona on Feb. 12, there is a plethora of choices for betting, food, drink and camaraderie up and down the Strip. Note: It’s important to plan ahead for all accommodations that weekend.

Circa Resort & Casino, a magnet for sports viewership since it opened in 2020, will host watch parties in its sports book, Stadium Swim and its newly opened meetings and convention space.

The three-level sports book, its 78-million-pixel, high-definition screen dominating the casino, offers four packages (ranging from $300 to $6,000) with different views, seating arrangements and bottle service. BBQ and Victory Burger & Wings Co. provide the food.

Las Vegas’ winter weather typically permits a February pool party at Stadium Swim, which boasts another massive, 14-million-pixel screen and six temperature-controlled pools. There are eight different price points (from $150 to $30,000) for individuals and for groups of all sizes. All attendees must be at least 21 years old. For more information or to book, visit the resort’s website.

Also downtown, the D Las Vegas will offer “private man caves” for groups of eight or more with multiple screens, VIP seating and unlimited stadium food and beverages. An 11,000-square-foot party hub has on-site betting and unlimited stadium food and drink packages.

Across the street from the D, the outdoor Downtown Watch Zone at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center features stadium-style seating, food, reservable tables and small-group areas. Admission is free, but tables (for four to 14 people) and man caves (for 15 to 20 people) can be reserved for a fee.

Large, classic sports books such as Westgate’s SuperBook, Caesars Palace, Mandalay Bay and the luxurious Wynn typically have some reserved spaces and will fill up quickly with first-come, first-served seating the day of the event, so those interested are encouraged to arrive early.

The sports bar at the Cosmopolitan features LED video walls, dozens of TV screens and 23 video poker machines as well as pool tables and foosball.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, now under the MGM Resorts International umbrella, has a smaller but well-appointed space. Anchored by a sports bar and lounge, it features LED video walls, dozens of TV screens and 23 video poker machines. Billiards and foosball are available if the action on the TV screens wanes.

Other viewing spots to consider include:

• The Strat Hotel, Casino & SkyPod will feature viewing parties, a tailgate-inspired buffet and drink specials. The game will be shown on LED video walls at PT’s Wing’s & Sports and the William Hill Sports Book as well as numerous LED TVs at View Lounge, Remix Lounge and throughout the casino floor. Buffets at View Lounge or PT’s Wings & Sports’ Beer Hall are $120 per person. Seating for gameday may be selected when making a reservation online.

• The Sahara Las Vegas will host viewing parties at both Azilo Ultra Pool and Chickie’s & Pete’s Crab House and Sports Bar. “The Ultimate Big Game Tailgate” at Azilo Ultra Pool (which has a 240-foot-long LED video wall) will open at noon. Tickets to the VIP experience are $120 and include live entertainment by Big Ben and Fatman Scoop. Game-day fare will be available for purchase. Reserved seating and bottle service will also be available. Doors to view the game at Chickie’s & Pete’s will open at 2 p.m. Pricing starts at $256.75 per person and includes guaranteed VIP seating with big-screen viewing as well as a $200 food and beverage credit for game-day fare, drinks and bottle service.

• Cabo Wabo Cantina in the Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino will host an all-you-can-eat-and-drink viewing party ($250 per person). Buffet offerings will include homemade guacamole and chips, nachos, chicken wings, macaroni and cheese, carne asada and chicken sliders. The all-you-can-drink premium bar will offer house margaritas, handcrafted cocktails and draft and bottled beers. Reservations to watch the game in the upstairs lounge, the Loft, are also available.

Limited tickets for Brooklyn Bowl's Big Game Viewing Party packages (with and without bowling) are available for purchase online.

• For a less traditional viewing experience, Brooklyn Bowl at the Linq Promenade will have six distinct viewing options featuring all-you-can-eat food and beverage packages, bowling and private room reservations. Limited tickets for Brooklyn Bowl’s Big Game Viewing Party packages (with and without bowling) are available for purchase online.

•The viewing party at Libertine Social at Mandalay Bay will start at 2 p.m. and include a select all-you-can-drink open bar and endless selections from the game-day menu. Guaranteed seating at the bar starts at $200 and table seating starts at $250.

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