On Saturday, all eyes will turn to Minneapolis and US Bank Stadium.
The 2019 Final Four will see No. 1 Virginia (33-3) face No. 5 Auburn (30-9), followed by No. 2 Michigan State (32-6) squaring off against No. 3 Texas Tech (30-6).
It is the first Final Four for both the Tigers and the Red Raiders, and the Cavaliers’ first appearance since 1984. The action begins at 6 p.m. ET on CBS.
In New Jersey, the Final Four arrives with a whole new level of excitement as 2019 is the first year legal college basketball betting is permitted.
With 10 retail sportsbooks and 13 NJ sports betting apps in the Garden State, there are plenty of options when it comes to betting on this weekend’s semifinal games.
But where exactly is the best place to watch the action unfold and place those March Madness bets?
Here are our picks for the top three places to watch the Final Four (plus an honorable mention), with all the information you need to ensure you’ve got the best seats in the house.
The fan favorite: FanDuel at The Meadowlands
Located a stone’s throw away from New York City, The Meadowlands is No. 1 when it comes to NJ sports betting. And that’s not just because it consistently pulls in the most retail revenue of all 10 books.
You can watch the Final Four in an expansive 10,000-square-foot room filled with high top tables and chairs, comfy couches, and VIP seating. There are three bars and 100 4K HDR TVs.
With Cash at Counter, you can deposit to and withdraw from your FanDuel Sportsbook account in person. And if the line at the betting windows bothers you, the 14 IGT PlayDigital PlayShot QuickBet kiosks make the betting process a cakewalk.
Speaking of food, Victory Sports Bar & Club is right around the corner with buffalo wings, burgers, nachos, and cheesesteaks when you need to grab a bite.
FanDuel at The Meadowlands holds up to 650 people, but you can reserve a VIP seat by calling 201-460-4079. Just be advised that those seats might already be claimed. And as long as there is no event happening at nearby MetLife Stadium, parking is free.
The big deal: DraftKings at Resorts
The 5,000-square-foot space holds 300 fans, not including the VIP space that can hold an additional 100 guests. Hence why we think DraftKings is a great spot for NJ sports betting during the Final Four.
With 16 self-service kiosks and five betting windows, getting that last-minute wager in before tipoff will be a breeze. Come early and grab one of the stadium-style seats, so you can sit back and watch the action on the 15-foot ultra-high definition LED video wall.
If you’re hungry, the bar menu includes buffalo wings, short rib empanadas, gaufrette fries, and sushi. Where else can you eat a roll while watching a pick-and-roll? Wash it all down with $4 drafts, $6 well drinks, and $12 craft cocktails.
Want to spring for a VIP space? You can reserve at DraftKings Sportsbook by calling 1-800-772-9000 but heads up. Resorts took reservation requests long before March Madness even began.
The newcomer: William Hill Sportsbook at the Tropicana
Conveniently located on the North Tower Casino Floor, and just yards away from the Boardwalk, the 5,000-square-foot William Hill Sportsbook at the Tropicana is one of Atlantic City’s newest.
It opened in October, but the new space was unveiled March 8, which was perfect timing for college basketball.
Featuring a 250-square-foot odds board, 1,654 square feet of video displays, and 180 seats, including elevated VIP seating, it’s one of a kind and worth setting up camp to watch the games and place a few bets.
At Tropicana sportsbook, you can bet on the games and then head over to Chickie’s and Pete’s where they’re serving up buffalo chicken nachos, jumbo lump crab cake sandwiches, and their world-famous Crabfries.
Of note, however, is that seating is first come, first serve unless you reserve ahead of time. To reserve on the day of, call 609-340-4022. For groups, call 609-342-7785 and ask for Erin Sterr.
The party scene: Borgata
Snagging the coveted honorable mention slot in our best bets for watching the last weekend of March Madness is Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s Brackets @ Borgata event.
Because the Borgata Race & Sports Book is only a temp facility while the new sportsbook is under construction, Borgata decided to embrace the popularity of March Madness. The casino opened up its Central Conference Center to the public with seats, TVs, and dedicated betting windows.
Other viewing locations include Level One Bar, located across from the poker room. Sports bets can be conveniently placed at the betting windows located closest to Level One, across from Bobby Flay Steak.
But to be fair, the Race & Sports Book is another convenient location for placing bets and taking in all the tournament action. With 100 seats with individual flat-screen monitors, 10 betting windows, and the Boot & Whip – an in-venue bar – it’s not a bad place to at least make a stop and catch some action.
Brackets @ Borgata is a solid fourth option for those looking for a great place to watch the games.
Other tips on where to watch the Final Four in NJ
Each of these NJ retail sportsbooks offers up a unique experience for those looking to enjoy the Final Four with fellow fans and betters.
Obviously, there are six other sportsbooks in NJ to choose from and each has its own appeal, but these are our top picks.
Don’t forget that Ocean Resort Casino has the largest sportsbook of all the Atlantic City casinos. And it is a popular choice for any die-hard NCAA basketball fan. However, it’s almost always standing-room-only for big events like the Final Four and the Super Bowl.
No matter where you choose to watch, enjoy every seismic dunk and swish-inducing three-pointer with great friends, food and drink, and, hopefully, some big winnings.