In normal years, Atlantic City casinos and New Jersey racetracks can be a fine place to watch the Super Bowl among countless football fans and sports betting enthusiasts.
In this COVID-19 pandemic environment, that’s not particularly practical. But some research by NJ Online Gambling shows that there are options, however limited.
The most gung-ho spot for Sunday’s Kansas City Chiefs vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers title game seems to be the Meadowlands Racetrack, which promises that “dining is available in the outdoor heated pavilion and indoors in the Grandstand lounge. Fans are encouraged to purchase the dining package to guarantee admission and seating for the evening. Each dining area has full waitress service beginning at 4 p.m.”
Food includes chicken wings, loaded French fries, grilled chicken paninis, burgers, loaded nachos, popcorn shrimp, cheesesteaks, and more.
The food is included in a prepaid charge of $50 per two-person table or $100 per four-person table (tax and gratuity not included). There also are six-person sections — complete with couches — for $150.
Weather or not, here we come?
Unfortunately, it does not look as if Mother Nature plans to cooperate with regard to the outdoor seating. While Saturday in East Rutherford has a “mostly sunny” forecast (though the high temperature is just 37 degrees) according to weather.com, Super Bowl Sunday is listed as a 37% chance of rain/snow showers with a high of 38 degrees — and a low of 18 degrees.
There also is indoor seating available in the Grandstand Lounge, for $70 for a two-person table or $125 for a four-person table. Grandstand Lounge reservations also can be purchased at $135 per three-person section, complete with couch. These sections are premium seating directly in front of the HD TVs.
Seats can be added to any of the above options for an additional $35 per seat.
All guests will have their temperature checked and must complete a brief health questionnaire before entering via the Clubhouse entrance. No one with a temperature exceeding 100.4 degrees will be allowed to enter. Guests are encouraged to download and fill out a required health questionnaire available at PlayMeadowlands.com to speed up the check-in process.
All guests must wear masks while not actively eating or drinking at their table.
Monmouth Park and ‘The Big Game’
These include a $15 “Buccaneers Fish and Chips Meal,” a “Kansas City Barbecue Ribs Meal” for $18, and a $14 “Big Game Sampler” set of appetizers.
Freehold Raceway, the state’s other racetrack, has no indication of any such “Big Game” of football occurring on Sunday.
Atlantic City casinos for the most part also seem skittish on the big event — for the general public, anyway. Those who spend $1 million annually at casinos — a spending figure that has been mentioned in an ongoing lawsuit between Borgata and Ocean casinos over a claimed “poaching” by Ocean of ex-Borgata marketing executives — presumably are able to work out their own luxurious private arrangements.
Borgata’s website lists rooms for $189 on Saturday and $139 on Sunday. While Hard Rock’s prices are listed at $299 and $109, the rooms appear to be sold out.
Bally’s ($281 for two nights), Harrah’s ($309), and Caesars ($404) also are not featuring the Super Bowl on their respective websites.
Some AC casinos dip in their toes
Ocean is offering a $149 “Big Game Package,” with an invite to enjoy the “action at William Hill Sports Book, and then enjoy the game in luxurious accommodations with game day snacks and beverages. Guest is responsible for all taxes, fees, and gratuities.”
Those accommodations are a “contemporary room” with a choice of chicken wings, chicken tenders, or pizza, along with domestic beer or hard seltzer and a bowl of chips and pretzels.
Tropicana has a $199 package that offers a room as well as “perimeter seats for two” at its own William Hill Sportsbook — and that includes a $50 beverage credit.
Resorts seems to have the biggest bargain: a $99 room rate on Sunday night with a $25 dining credit valid at Bar One or Sportsbook Bar and a $25 free bet at a table game. Special football-themed COVID-19 masks also will be offered to patrons.
The Golden Nugget features the same room rate, with a “Golden Bowl” promotion at slot machines and table games that could earn a lucky visitor up to $375 in free play.