Make your brackets, place your bets…March Madness is upon US! NYC is no stranger to the annual madness surrounding college basketball. It’s even got a selection of bars that have become official hubs for the top-tier teams’ fans. Here’s where you can catch all the excitement this year.
Spring heralds one of the biggest sporting events in the country and all anyone can think of is finding a screen to catch the action live. That could explain the uptick in “sick days” and extended “lunch breaks” in March-April. It’s way more fun to celebrate in front of a big screen with a steady supply of food and drinks. And NYC has a steady supply of sports bars and pubs to make your wish come true. But before we tell you the best places to chill and cheer on your favorite college basketball teams, here’s all you need to know about the 2023 March Madness.
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When is March Madness 2023?
The 84th Annual NCAA Division I Men’s basketball tournament starts on March 14, 2023, and concludes with the championship game on April 3, 2023 in Houston, TX. Selection Sunday is on March 12, followed by the First Four on March 14 and 15.
- First Four – March 14-15, 2023
- First round – March 16-17, 2023
- Second round – March 18-19, 2023
- Sweet 16 – March 23-24, 2023
- Elite Eight – March 25-26, 2023
- Final Four – April 1, 2023
- NCAA championship game – April 3, 2023
Where are the March Madness 2023 venues?
As usual, 14 venues have been chosen to host the seven rounds, starting with University of Dayton Arena for the First Four games. The Final Four and the championship is at NRG Stadium in Houston.
Birmingham, De Moines, Orlando, Sacramento, Albany, Columbus, Denver, and Greensboro will host first and second rounds. The West Regionals is at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and Madison Square Garden is hosting the East Regionals. Midwest regionals will be at T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, and the South Regionals at KFC Yum! Center in Louisville.
See March Madness 2023 full schedule with more dates and venues here.
See: How to find cheap parking near Madison Square Garden
How to Watch March Madness 2023?
Not everyone can make it to the arena to watch a game live. So, the next best thing is to get together with friends and watch it live on a screen. Tune in at home or make a beeline for your favorite bar – but make sure there are other fans to share your excitement.
CBS Sports and Discovery Sports (Turner Sports) have the television rights. This year, CBS will broadcast the Final Four and championship game. 2023 will be the lead play-by-play announcer Jim Nantz’s final season; Ian Eagle is succeeding him.
TBS, CBS, TNT, truTV and their digital platforms will be covering all March Madness games in 2023. You can stream games, replays, and highlights on the March Madness Live app – the three-hour preview is good enough to watch at least one game for free.
See the official broadcast schedule here.
Excited about the return of March Madness but bummed about watching it all alone at home?
You can’t miss the buzz about March Madness 2023 viewing parties in many cities. All sorts of bars and pubs are gearing up to catch some hard-court action on their high-definition big screens. It’s definitely worth watching your team shoot hoops and root for your bracket alongside fellow March Madness fans.
Where to watch March Madness in NYC?
NYC is no stranger to the annual madness surrounding college basketball. It’s even got a selection of bars that have become official hubs for the top-tier teams’ fans. Whether you went to these schools or just want to adopt their team, watching the games with fellow fans is a must-have experience.
Virginia Dawgs fans can head over to American Whiskey near Madison Square Garden, while the Musketeers rule at The Keg Room, an upscale Irish bar on West 36th Street. Cincinnati alumni are known to flock to Phebe’s at 359 Bowery, and you’ll indeed find Bearcats fans here during March Madness games. Auburn Tigers fans got lucky with St. Pats Bar & Grill on West 46th Street – a Midtown spot with an outdoor patio space! Nashville-themed Printers Alley on West 40th Street is home to Volunteers fans with country music, Tennessee whiskey et al.
The list doesn’t stop here – all we can say is that New York City will not disappoint you during this year’s March Madness. But check for operational updates before you head over. Driving in NYC might not be your favorite, but booking your parking in advance could make it a little better.
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