Atlantic City Casinos, NJ Racetracks Plan Super Weekend For Super Bowl

Bengals-Rams title game comes at a relatively stable time in the COVID-19 era

After a very muted Super Bowl-themed day in 2021 at Atlantic City’s casinos and racetracks, options are more plentiful for Sunday’s game between the Los Angeles Rams and Cincinnati Bengals.

“We are excited to welcome football fans to Atlantic City this weekend to enjoy one of the biggest sporting events of the year,” Joe Lupo, president of the Casino Association of New Jersey, said in a statement. “Our industry is diligently working to rebuild and recover from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

“This year’s game is a perfect opportunity for guests to come back to Atlantic City, wager responsibly and enjoy all the world-class amenities and attractions our casinos have to offer. We are optimistic the Big Game will mark a strong start for Atlantic City in 2022.”

An unseasonably warm week in Atlantic City winds down on Sunday to a forecast with a high of 45 degrees and a low of 29. So all-day revelers might be able to spend part of the pre-game outdoors to lower their potential COVID-19-infection risk.

But, realistically, most of that revelry will take place within the confines of AC’s nine casinos.

‘Bowling’ at the Caesars properties

The Wild West tower of the Caesars casino contains the largest sportsbook at 15,200 square feet, including five private “Fan Caves.”

Stadium seats are going for $150, with a VIP version going for an extra $50 and a high-top table for four going for $645. The self-serve “beer wall” is a curiosity for those who haven’t yet partaken.

Another Caesars Entertainment property, Harrah’s, is debuting a “Harrah’s Big Swimfest” event at its Pool After Dark site, where “it’s 82 degrees and never a bad weather day.” That party lasts from 5 p.m. until 3 a.m., with general admission with food only for $50, or VIP tables with bottle service, cabanas, and bungalows for prices ranging from $500 to $3,000. You can also shell out $4,000 for a “stage table.”

Harrah’s sportsbook, meanwhile, offers stadium seats for $95 or a table for two to four gamblers for $200.

At Tropicana‘s sportsbook, perimeter seating is $125, with tables for four for $400 and tables for six for $600 also available. Tropicana also has a $65.99 all-you-can-eat special featuring chow from Chickie and Pete’s, plus Sunday beer specials.

Hungry enough to eat 50 wings and a pound of steamed or Buffalo shrimp from Hooters or A’Dam Good Sports Bar? That Tropicana option will set you back $86.99, or $72.99 for the boneless version.

Continuing the AC roundup

For those who see Super Bowl Sunday as a marathon and not a sprint, Borgata‘s 13 hours of festivities kicks off at 11 a.m. at the BetMGM Sportsbook & Bar and the Level One Cocktail Bar & Lounge. Additional viewing opportunities are available at B Bar, Lobby Bar, and Long Bar. Reservations are required, so call 609-317-8006.

Golden Nugget‘s sportsbook has more than 50 TVs, five video walls, and self-service betting kiosks — but no Super Bowl-themed promotions could be found on the casino’s website.

Back on the Boardwalk, Ocean Casino has a “Big Game Hotel Package” for Sunday into Monday, with rooms starting at $349. That comes with a $50 beverage credit and admission to a viewing party at Nola’s Bar & Lounge.

Ocean’s 7,500-square-foot sportsbook includes solo seats for $100 or a table for up to four visitors for $400. Another option for game viewing mixed with play is renting a semi-private bay at the Topgolf Swing Suite for $500 for up to eight patrons. Special cocktails at Ocean include a Who Dey Margarita and Kupp Runneth Over.

At Hard Rock, the casino’s “Wild Card” members are invited to The Big Game Watch Party beginning at 5 p.m. at Etess Arena, featuring an 18-foot-by-32-foot center stage LED wall. X-Card members can enjoy a 4 p.m meet-and-greet at the Plum Lounge with former Philadelphia Eagle Mike Quick and ex-Giant Pepper Johnson.

Hard Rock’s Lobby Bar, Sportsbook Bar, and Center Bar will feature $5 Bud Lights and Coors Lights, as well as $8 Bloody Marys.

The DraftKings Sportsbook at Resorts, meanwhile, has $6 domestic draft beers and $12 pitchers, or $20 buckets with six bottled beers, as well as $8 Jim Beam shots. Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville and Landshark Bar & Grill are offering $20 beer buckets containing five Landshark beers.

A $50 reservation (call 609-289-5441) ensures a seat as well as food and beverage credit at the FanDuel Sportsbook at Bally’s. The Jerry Longo’s Meatballs & Martinis and Water Dog restaurants also will be open for dining and Big Game-watching.

Big Game at the Big M, other NJ tracks

The FanDuel Sportsbook at the Meadowlands Racetrack has $100 and $200 tables on Sunday, with matching food credits beginning at 4 p.m. Victory Sports Bar staples include chicken wings and loaded French fries, grilled chicken paninis, burgers, and cheesesteaks.

Monmouth Park’s Caesars Sportsbook is featuring food and drink specials all weekend. That includes a $6 Bengal Bomb (Jagermeister, Red Bull, and Orange Curacao) and a $6 LA Black Ginger Ram (blackberries, spiced rum, ginger beer, and sweet and sour mix). A $15 special includes a 32-ounce domestic beer pitcher plus six bone-in wings.

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