The Bowl game between Florida State and Auburn was super for college football fans, but it pales in comparison to the truly biggest football game of the year. If ever there was an excuse to visit MetLife Stadium, the game on Sunday February 2nd, 2014 would be it. For the rest of us, we have the luxury of flying (or driving) to Las Vegas to watch the division champions meet.
Vegas always has a lot to offer any football fan. Especially for fans who enjoy plush leather seats, gourmet food, a full bar and a cozy room upstairs.
Top Five Recommendations for Watching the Big Game in Vegas
#1 – Emeril Lagasse’s Stadium at the Palazzo
Huge, plush couches. A 9’x16’ big screen. Great food. Some of the cutest referee’s serving drinks this side of sports heaven. This upscale venue has a food/drink minimum and will sell out VERY quickly. Reservations STRONGLY recommended so call 702-607-2665 now. Otherwise, head early to the neighboring Venetian’s upscale sports book and try and grab a seat there.
#2 – The LVH (formerly the Hilton)
THE LVH is home to the granddaddy of Vegas sports books. Huge. Loud. The array of championship propositions is the best in Vegas because it goes far beyond who will win the coin toss. Over 300 seats, over twenty giant screens including one 15’x20’ HD monster. If the Sports Book is full you can head to the 1,500 seat LVH Theater which offers free admission with food and drink specials. More info about the LVH here.
#3 — Crazy Horse III Gentleman’s Club
This is on the list because it is so quintessentially Vegas. If you’re in Vegas with your golf buddies dodging the endless snowstorms in the Midwest or on the East Coast, what better place to watch the biggest sporting event of the year than inside the cozy confines of a premier gentleman’s club? The giant HD screens may even big enough to keep your attention! $50 in advance or $75 at the door. The venue also offers Free limo transportation (subject to availability) and many other perks too obvious to mention. Call (702) 673-1700 for more info.
#4 Mirage Sports Book
The Mirage sports book is legendary. This was one of the first mega-sports books in Las Vegas. The recent renovations added a lot of large comfortable chairs and a giant TV screen. It’s large, comfortable and free. What more could you ask for? This is one of the best sports books to visit on a regular day and it’s one of the best for the Big Game. Crowds will be large and full of energy so just be prepared and arrive early.
#5 Red Rock Sports Book
This is one of the biggest and best sports books away from the Vegas Strip. If you’re looking for the energy of a sports book from the Vegas Strip with the prices of being in the suburbs this is the place for you. There are 3 humongous HD projection screens that will be showing the game. The Red Rock sports book is always crowded for football so make sure you show up early if you want a seat. The sports bettors at Red Rock aren’t the most sophisticated so prepare for lots of cheers whenever the favorite scores.
The sports books at the Bellagio, Caesar’s Palace and Wynn are top-notch premium viewing venues too. They are guaranteed to be packed, so getting a good seat will require an early arrival or a lot of grease.
Some good spots off the Strip that may not be packed by noon (kick-off is at 3:30PM Vegas time) are the sports book at the Southpoint where they will be hosting free, live-feed spill-over parties in their Showroom; the 125-seat book at the Orleans; and the roomy, local’s friendly Sunset Station.
There’s nothing like being at the game, but for visitors and locals Vegas offers some real pleasant alternatives to being crammed in a stadium with 65,000 other people. Single malt scotch anyone?