EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Looking for the ultimate college basketball experience this March Madness? There's no need to head to the finals in Phoenix. Instead, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment in East Rutherford is bringing a taste of the Vegas Strip to North Jersey.
"What we've created is a Las Vegas-style sports bar in New Jersey," said Dominic Caiazzo, director of group sales at Meadowlands. "We have huge screens everywhere and are open from Thursday to Monday." For the marathon first day of the tournament, when games start as early as noon, Caiazzo said there's no place like Meadowlands.
"The first day is phenomenal," said Caiazzo. "All of the bars are open, all food and beverage services are included and there's and incredible energy in the bar." Guests won't miss a single play, thanks to track's Victory Sports Bar, which features 11 televisions, all 12 ft. by 20 ft., and 60 traditional units throughout the area. "On those first days, individual bars just can’t play all the games," he said. "We can, and do."
Meadowlands also sees an uptick in group and event bookings around tournament time, hosting everyone from alumni fan groups to companies taking the day off. "Our parties can range from 10 guests to 10,000, and we can host everything from bracket parties to championship game watches," said Caiazzo. "We have offices secure space to do wings, sliders and beer buckets during the tournament, as well as other private parties. Regardless of what you're looking for, we have a team of event planners who can tailor the event to your liking."
For those unable to experience the fun firsthand, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment is offering fans the chance to win big through the MRE March Basketball Challenge. In the free-to-play game, players fill out a bracket and amass points based on their success. Weekly winners receive special prizes, while the bracket's overall winner will walk away with $6,500. Brackets are filled out via the MRE Sports app, which can be downloaded here.
On the evening of the national championship game, New York Knick Larry Johnson will also be at Victory, signing autographs, talking with fans and watching the game.
No matter who you're rooting for this March, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment's one-of-a-kind venue delivers the ultimate college basketball experience from tip off to final horn. For more information, or to book space today, click here.