When you’ve got the March Madness fever, you’ll travel just about anywhere to watch your favorite teams and players! For 2014 NCAA March Madness and sports addicts, these hotels are near the following stadiums: the FedEx Forum , Memphis, TN; Honda Center, Anaheim, CA; Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY; Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN; and AT&T Stadium, Arlington, TX.
FedEx Forum, Memphis, TN
The 203-room Westin Memphis Beale Street is literally steps from the FedEx Forum. When the blues comes calling, you’re in the heart of Memphis and minutes from blues, barbecue and Beale Street – and of course, there is the NCAA South Regional NCAA game going on across the street on March 27, 29, 2014.
Another classic Memphis hotel is the Peabody, an AAA Four-Diamond historic hotel in the heart of “Blues City.” Once you land at this hotel, you won’t need a car as it is located blocks from the city’s attractions, and steps from the FedEx Forum. Don’t miss the time-honored tradition (since 1933) of the march of the Peabody Ducks to and from the Grand Lobby at 11am and 5pm.
Honda Center – Anaheim, CA
Less than 2 miles from the action-packed Honda Center , the Holiday Inn Anaheim Hotel offers an array of amenities including free WiFi, complimentary parking, BBQ area with complimentary grills (for tailgating), swimming pool with Jacuzzi, poolside Cabana bar – and Kids Eat Free Program! When the West Regional NCAA games are over, you can also combine your love of NCAA with a family vacation as this Anaheim hotel features is also just 1 mile from Disneyland.
Madison Square Garden – New York City
Located just 0.28 miles from Madison Square Garden, the recent $320 million debut of the Courtyard by Marriott and Residence Inn New York Manhattan/Central Park offers two brands in one sky-scraping building. The guest rooms offer spectacular floor-to-ceiling windows or tall glass walls with views of Central Park, Times Square or the Hudson. This Midtown Manhattan hotel puts guests in the middle of the city and near everything iconic to New York City.
Lucas Oil Stadium – Indianapolis, IN
The NCAA Midwest Regional games will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium, also host to the 2012 Super Bowl XLVI. As the world’s largest JW, the JW Marriott Indianapolis is a staple to downtown Indianapolis. This hotel is also crown jewel of the $450 million Marriott Place, featuring a total of five Marriott hotels connected to the Indiana Convention Center. It would be easy to get lost at this expansive JW Marriott Indianapolis, and its location just 0.38 miles from Lucas Oil Stadium and all the entertainment of downtown makes it a winner for sports fans.
AT&T Stadium – Arlington, Texas
The 2014 March Madness NCAA National Semifinals and Championship Games takes the stage at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on April 5 and 7. Do it Texas style at the official hotel of the Dallas Cowboys, the Gaylord Texan, a sprawling property in Grapevine.
Located 10 minutes from DFW Airport gets you checked into your Texas hotel room quickly, and then it’s just 30 minutes to the action at the AT&T stadium. You can optimize your fan experience at the hotel under the climate-controlled atrium, featuring 4 ½ acres of entertainment, from indoor gardens, winding waterways, shipping, spa, restaurants and live music and dancing at the Glass Cactus Nightclub.
Photos courtesy of the individual hotels.