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Las Vegas News, Rumors, Shows And March Madness Info For March 2024

Written By Marc Meltzer on February 29, 2024 - Last Updated on March 5, 2024
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March is a great month in Las Vegas. The weather is beginning to transition from the frigid 40 and 50-degree winter days into the warm weather that visitors expect in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas has become a Spring Break destination for college students looking to party all day and night. While a contingent of visitors will be watching college basketball during the day many will hit the pool parties.

Dayclubs start opening on the first of the month with Encore Beach Club at Wynn and Wet Republic at MGM Grand. Marquee Dayclub at The Cosmopolitan will keep partying whether guests are outside in the open air or under a dome. More day clubs will open throughout the month.

March is also the last month to visit the Tropicana. The Vegas Strip casino is closing for good on April 2. It will be demolished later this year.

Prices for hotel rooms at Tropicana start around $500. There are less expensive hotels nearby if you only want to see the casino to take in the memories or grab a gaming chip.

St. Patrick’s Day is March 17 and it’s pretty much a normal day of drinking in Las Vegas. There will be special parties around New York-New York and The Linq but it’s just another day in Vegas, baby!

March Madness in Las Vegas

The biggest events in Las Vegas during March might be college basketball-related. Make no mistake, March is Madness in Las Vegas.

There are five different college basketball conference tournaments taking place throughout the Las Vegas Valley. The Pac-12 men’s and women’s tournaments are on the Vegas Strip, while the rest are five to twenty minutes away.

  • Pac 12 Women’s Basketball Tournament at MGM Grand: March 6-10
  • West Coast Conference (Men & Women) at The Orleans: March 7-12
  • Mountain West Conference Tournament (Men & Women) at Thomas & Mack: March 10-16
  • Pac 12 Men’s Basketball Tournament at T-Mobile Arena: March 13-16
  • WAC Tournament (Men & Women) at The Orleans: March 13-16
  • Big West Conference Tournament (Men & Women) at Dollar Loan Center: March 13-16

Once the tournament champions are crowned, the NCAA will hold Selection Sunday where qualifying teams on March 17. A few days later the first weekend of March Madness begins.

There are 48 games to watch and wager on over four days. The first round has 16 games on both March 21 and 22. There are another eight games each day during the second round on March 23 and 24.

Similar to the Super Bowl the sportsbooks inside Las Vegas casinos are packed. There are either limited seats available or it will cost money to reserve space. There are also watch parties anywhere a casino can find room for a TV.

Unlike the Big Game, some parties or seat reservations are only for the early or late games. Make sure to read the small print when paying money for a party or to reserve a seat. It’s a bummer to find out that seats are reserved for the wrong part of the day.

Prices for parties and reserved seats in sportsbooks are typically more expensive on the Vegas Strip than off. You’ll even find a March Madness event at the Fashion Show Mall if you want to shop too.

There are a handful of general admission parties in ballrooms at casinos off the Vegas Strip. These parties offer discounted drinks and food but seats can’t be reserved. This is a good option for large groups who don’t want to sit together without breaking the bank.

The “March Madness In Las Vegas” Facebook group is a great resource for news on this year’s events along with reviews from previous years.

One last March Madness note, all new Nevada sportsbook app registrations and initial deposits must be completed inside of a casino. Visit before the games start to save time waiting around to wager. Players may fund the app on their device after an account is established.

Las Vegas residencies and limited engagements in March

March marks the end of the U2 residency at The Sphere. There’s no word if the group will return to Las Vegas for another run of shows in the future. Similarly, the Wu-Tang Clan is ending its four-show limited engagement at Virgin Hotels Las Vegas.

The big news for Las Vegas residencies is that Adele canceled her March shows at Caesars Palace due to illness. She expects to return to wrap up her Las Vegas engagement later this year.

New Edition at Wynn and Jodeci at House Of Blues inside Mandalay Bay are the only new Las Vegas residencies kicking off in March.

  • U2 at The Sphere: March 1, 2
  • Christina Aguilera at The Venetian: March 1,2
  • New Edition at Wynn: March 1-2, 6, 8, 9
  • Chicago at The Venetian: March 1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 9
  • Carrie Underwood at Resorts World: March 6, 8, 9, 13, 15, 16
  • Kylie Minogue at The Venetian: March 8, 9, 15, 16
  • Foreigner at The Venetian: March 22, 23, 27, 29, 30
  • Miranda Lambert at Planet Hollywood: March 20, 22, 23, 27, 29, 30
  • Jodeci at Mandalay Bay: March 15,16, 20, 23, 24
  • Wu-Tang Clan at Virgin: March 22, 23
  • Barry Manilow at Westgate: March 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16

U2 is on the way out of The Sphere but the newest entertainment venue announced another residency lined up for the summer. Dead and Company with John Mayer will perform 24 “Dead Forever” shows from May to July.

Rumor: There have been whispers about the Eagles taking up a residency at The Sphere. TMZ is the first major news, rumor, and gossip outlet to share the info. The group is touring through mid-November so don’t expect shows until the completion of the “farewell tour.”

Mariah Carey is following Usher from Caesars Palace to a new residency at Park MGM. Her initial limited engagement at the Dolby Theater will begin with eight shows in April.

Arena and stadium concerts in Las Vegas

Las Vegas doesn’t always have many big arena and stadium concert tours happening in the same month since there’s so much entertainment available. March is a little different.

The month kicks off with two rescheduled shows from Madonna and an underplay by the Dave Matthews Band.

  • Madonna at T-Mobile Arena: March 1, 2
  • Dave Mathews Band at Park MGM: March 1
  • Nicki Minaj at T-Mobile Arena: March 8
  • Twice at Allegiant Stadium: March 16
  • Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band at T-Mobile Arena: March 22
  • The Love Hard Tour: Keyshia Cole, Trey Songz & Jaheim at MGM Grand: March 29

Las Vegas sports in March

For many, college basketball will be the biggest sports action in Las Vegas in March. That won’t be the case for everyone as the month starts with the annual NASCAR weekend.

During the month, Las Vegas will host hockey, rugby, tennis, and boxing matches. This is the variety of sports that longtime visitors to Las Vegas remember well.

  • NASCAR Pennzoil 400 Weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway: March 1 – 3
  • Rugby League In Las Vegas at Allegiant Stadium: March 2
  • The Netflix Slam: Rafael Nadal Vs. Carlos Alcaraz at Mandalay Bay: March 3
  • Vegas Golden Knights at T-Mobile Arena: March 7, 9, 17, 19, 21,23
  • Golden Boy Boxing: William Zepeda Vs. Maxi Hughes at Cosmopolitan: March 16
  • Keith Thurman Vs. Tim Tszyu at T-Mobile Arena: March 30

Just before February ended, Dana White confirmed that UFC 306 would be the first MMA card to take place at The Sphere. The fights will take place on Sept. 14, which is Mexican Independence Day. This is usually a big weekend for boxing in Las Vegas, so there could be more combat sports action during the weekend.

Dallas Cowboy fans can finally dine at Emmitt Smith’s long-awaited restaurant in Las Vegas. The restaurant was supposed to open in 2022 but has been slowed by legal drama.

Las Vegas news and rumors

The Cosmopolitan lobby might look different the next time you check into the hotel. You can see the making of the new lobby art installation here.

During the MGM Resorts’ 2023 earnings call the company revealed that it will be renovating some rooms at Bellagio, The Cosmopolitan, and MGM Grand. Additionally, the partnership with Marriott swings into full gear this month.

Venetian Rewards is launching this month. Head over to The Venetian or The Palazzo to get a new rewards card. Don’t be surprised if the tier levels from Grazie don’t perfectly align with the new Las Vegas casino rewards program

While on the topic of Las Vegas casino rewards, Fontainebleau decided to match tiers with other casino players’ clubs from around the country. There’s also a new sign-up promotion for those who don’t have upper-tier status elsewhere.

‘SpongeBob’s Crazy Carnival Ride’ is now open at Circus Circus. This is an interactive attraction that has special effects, and animatronics that takes guests on a ride through Bikini Bottom.

Slots A Fun connects to Circus Circus and has recently installed a slew of old-school coin-operated slot machines. In addition to the games, the casino across the street from Fontainebleau has cheap beer and hot dogs for $2 each.

The new Bruno Mars lounge, Pinky Ring, is now open at Bellagio.

Across the street at Planet Hollywood, Glass Bar has replaced Heart Bar in the middle of the casino floor.

Adult gaming (not gambling) experiences are all the rage in Las Vegas this year. Treasure Island just opened an arcade that serves booze. The Play Playground at Luxor opened in Feb. This is a different kind of adult playroom that also serves booze.

Three golf attractions are opening in Las Vegas this year. Swingers at Mandalay Bay will be adults-only while the others are all-ages with adult beverages.

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Marc grew up on the mean streets of the South Bronx. He's the rare combination of Yankees and Jets fan which explains his often contrarian point of view. Marc is a freelance writer and social media consultant. Writing about steak, booze, gambling and Las Vegas is a tough job but somebody has to do it.

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