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Think we're going to run into March madness??

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Think we're going to run into March madness??

Hi All,

My fiance and I are coming to Las Vegas as part of our honeymoon from the 23rd March - 30th March 2011. I have booked our accomodation at the Bellagio for our stay and have now just realised that this is possibly in the middle of March madness, is this right???

Neither of us have been to Las Vegas before and being from Australia don't fully understand March madness.

We are both in our mid twenties (my 25th birthday on the 26th March) so don't mind crowds etc but want to try and avoid a lot of it if possible!

Can someone please explain it to me? Obvisously Las Vegas is going to be busy during this period? Is it just sports/betting areas that will be busy?

We are planning on doing some sightseeing while we are there, Grand Canyon, Hoover Dam, seeing shows, going out for dinner etc, is March madness going to affect us doing these things?

Please shed some light on this time for me!!

Thanks!!

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1. Re: Think we're going to run into March madness??

I am not sure when the games are that will be held in Las Vegas, probably earlier than that because that is getting to the final 4 and the final 4 isn't in Las Vegas.

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You shouldn't have a problem with March Madness, opening weekend is going to be March 17-20th and that is by far the busiest weekend. You will be there for later rounds and while there may be an increase in sportsbook business, it shouldn't be anything too out of the ordinary. Have fun and congratulations on the wedding!

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March M. should not effect you at all. Been thier during that time. Vegas can look crowded during wkends but no more than usual. You should be fine. If you didn.t know what March Madness was, it's Basketball.

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Oh thanks very much for the replies, you have made me feel better, I thought it was going to be super busy while we were there!!

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5. Re: Think we're going to run into March madness??

"I am not sure when the games are that will be held in Las Vegas, probably earlier than that because that is getting to the final 4 and the final 4 isn't in Las Vegas."

What games held in Las Vegas are you talking about? The NCAA tourney is not held in Las Vegas, and never has been and probably never will.

The MWC and the WCC both hold their league tourneys in Las Vegas but that is a few weeks before the OP arrives.

The poster that gave the dates for the 1st weekend is correct, that is the only real busy weekend of the NCAA tourney.

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6. Re: Think we're going to run into March madness??

You'll see some run over from the first weekend, but not that big of a deal. Even the first weekend isn't *that* crazy...nothing like NYE for example. Yes, the Sports Books, sports bars, etc...are busier, and room rates are crazy high for the first weekend, but it sounds like you've got your accomodations lined up, so I definitely wouldn't worry about the crowds.

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7. Re: Think we're going to run into March madness??

Here we go again. Even if it was the HEART of March Madness when you're there, you probaby won't be affected at all!! Most of the people that go to Vegas for this are guys, and what do guys like to do when they're in Vegas?? Those are the places that will be crowded! Places like the sportsbooks, poker rooms, clubs, strip clubs, buffets, etc. You probably won't have a thing to worry about if you're at the fancy schmancy restaurants, expensive buffets (like at the Bellagio), Bellagio fountains, probably any of the expensive restaurants at Bellagio, the spas, shopping malls, shopping outlets, shows, etc. In fact, since you're on your honeymoon, I'm sure your wife will probably be dragging you to all the aforementioned places that won't be crowded!!

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8. Re: Think we're going to run into March madness??

Great points by Umaga!! I went with my wife a few years ago during March Madness and yes, the sportsbook was crazy, but definitely nowhere else that she "dragged" me to, especially when we went to see "O" or when we went to the Forum shops.

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Shawn,

I take it you weren't impressed with "O" or the forum shops! Good on you for tagging along.

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10. Re: Think we're going to run into March madness??

Haha! I'm not a big fan of going to shows and definitely not a fan of shopping, but I actually thought "O" was great!