How to Have a Great Time in Albuquerque During the Basketball Tournament - How to Have a Great Time in Albuquerque During the Basketball Tournament

The University Arena in Albuquerque is host to the West Regionals on March 23 and 25. Head to where the weather is sure to be beautiful in Southwesterly fashion.

1. Attend the University Arena if you have game tickets. Nicknamed “the pit,” this structure was rated No. 13 in the “Sports Illustrated” list of best venues for watching sports.

2. Linger around the pit before game time. Wish and will tickets to fall from random pockets so you can attend. Then, when it doesn’t happen, go hit the bars.

3. Stop at the Coaches Sports Grill at 1414 Central SE, which lies just a half-mile from University Arena. It’s an excellent site to watch the games on CBS(you’ll likely hear the crowd from a distance), or to celebrate your team’s victory.

4. Try Spectators at 5850 Eubanks Blvd. NE or Billy’s Long Bar at 4800 C San Mateo Blvd. NE. If you’re sans tickets, both will be broadcasting the games, and both are sure to host several vocal fans like yourself.

5. Say hello to the various teams at their hotels. Activity will abound in the lobbies of the Wyndham Airport, Doubletree, Marriott and Hyatt Regency. The media will be staying at the Hilton.

6. Visit old town Albuquerque, where the adobe church of San Felipe de Neri still stands since its construction by early Spanish settlers. There are more than 130 shops, galleries and restaurants in old town. Pick your favorite and relax until game time.

7. Check out the city’s cultural attractions. Among them are the Petroglyph National Monument, the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, and the National Atomic Museum.

Contact the Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau for more information (800-733-9918 or

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