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March Madness Frenzy: Cheering on Your Team!

Denver’s energy explodes during March Madness, the single-elimination NCAA basketball tournament. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a newcomer navigating the city, here’s how to experience the exhilarating atmosphere:

Hosting the Madness:

  • Optimize Your Space: Transform your home into a basketball haven. Decorate with team colors and set up a comfortable viewing area. Utilize furniture strategically for optimal seating and consider a projector for a larger-than-life experience.
  • Fuel the Excitement: Prepare delicious snacks and beverages. Consider offering classic concession stand fare like popcorn, nachos, and wings, or explore catering options for a hassle-free feast. Share your March Madness experiences on social media using relevant hashtags and local business tags.
  • Engage Your Guests: Incorporate interactive elements. Create a “bracket pool” where guests predict winners and award prizes. Organize mini games during commercial breaks like trivia or a free-throw challenge.

Partying Like a Champion:

  • Embrace the Buzz: Wear your team’s jersey or colors and arrive early to secure a good spot. Mingle with fellow fans, discuss the games, and enjoy the camaraderie.
  • Local Events: Many restaurants and bars host viewing parties with special promotions, ensuring a lively atmosphere. Here are some restaurants, bars, and event centers hosting March Madness events for families and fans of all ages throughout Denver for the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments:
    • Punch Bowl Social: Locations in Stapleton and South Broadway offer a fun and interactive atmosphere with bowling, arcade games, and a restaurant. They have large TVs to catch the games and a menu with kid-friendly options like pizzas, burgers, and appetizers.
    • Main Event: This entertainment center provides a variety of activities like bowling, laser tag, and games, along with a restaurant and bar. They often have special packages for families watching sporting events, making it a great option for March Madness.
    • Dave & Buster’s: Similar to other locations, Dave & Buster’s in Denver offers a large selection of video games, a sports bar, and a restaurant. They provide special packages for groups watching sporting events, making it a lively place to enjoy March Madness with the family.
    • Elitch Gardens Theme Park: While not solely focused on March Madness, Elitch Gardens offers a unique experience. Enjoy the thrill of rides and attractions, grab a bite to eat at various concessions, and catch the games on TVs located throughout the park (subject to availability).
    • Tom’s Watch Bar – Coors Field: Located near Coors Field, this bar boasts over 155 TVs and a 360-degree viewing experience, making it a true sports fan’s paradise. They offer a vast beer selection and a menu with American pub fare.
    • The Tavern: With multiple locations across Denver, The Tavern offers a casual atmosphere with a large patio and numerous TVs perfect for watching games. They have a good selection of food and drinks, along with special promotions during March Madness.
    • Society Sports & Spirits: Located in the heart of downtown Denver, this popular spot features a lively atmosphere and a “Tailgate” experience with cheap beer, hundreds of fans, and many TVs. They offer a menu with classic bar fare and pub favorites.

Beyond the Game:

  • Network with Fellow Fans: Strike up conversations with people who share your passion for basketball. This can lead to new friendships and potential business connections within the Denver community.
  • Embrace the City’s Spirit: Immerse yourself in the city’s contagious energy. March Madness provides a unique opportunity to connect with the vibrant Denver community and experience the city’s dynamic spirit.


NCAA Women’s Basketball details here.      NCAA Men’s Basketball details here.