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March Madness Frenzy: Cheering on Your Team!

Houston’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 Houston for the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments:
    • NRG Park: While tickets might be required, NRG Park will be hosting the Final Four and National Championship games of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. This offers an unparalleled experience for any basketball fan, although primarily geared towards adults due to the event’s nature.
    • Sugar Land Space Cowboys: This option caters more towards families with older children. The Sugar Land Space Cowboys, a Minor League Baseball team, occasionally host watch parties for major sporting events like March Madness. While the focus might not solely be on basketball, it offers a unique family-friendly atmosphere with activities and entertainment alongside the games.
    • Hooters: This restaurant chain features a lively atmosphere with large TVs and a focus on sports. They have a menu with American comfort food, making it a popular spot for catching March Madness, although age restrictions might apply.
    • Buffalo Wild Wings: Similar to other locations, Buffalo Wild Wings offers a wide selection of wings, burgers, and other casual fare. The energetic atmosphere and multiple TVs make it a fun place to cheer on your team with friends and family (consider age restrictions).
    • Little Woodrow’s: This popular Houston bar chain has multiple locations across the city. They’re known for their extensive beer selection and lively atmosphere during sporting events. While primarily catering to adults, some locations might be suitable for older teenagers depending on the management’s discretion.
    • The Rustic: This gastropub offers a large patio, multiple TVs, and a good selection of food and drinks. They often have special promotions during March Madness, making it a popular spot for watching the games.
    • 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: As in other cities, Dave & Buster’s in Houston 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.

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 Houston community.
  • Embrace the Metroplex’s Spirit: Immerse yourself in the city’s contagious energy. March Madness provides a unique opportunity to connect with the vibrant Houston community and experience the metroplex’s dynamic spirit.


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