Picture this: It’s almost time for the tournament to tip off. You’re frantically searching between couch cushions for the missing remote control because you know the channel showing continuous sitcom reruns from 1997 isn’t where you want to be right now.

You rush to the fridge and open it to discover a vast emptiness. You scramble to the pantry and grab the remnants of a bag of potato chips that could, for all you know, also be from 1997.

The first game is starting and you zip back to the couch, brackets filled out and ready, surrounded by children/vacuum noise/insert-distraction-here, and suddenly the in-laws drop by for an impromptu visit, just to “catch up” on things.

Sound familiar?

Even in the best-case scenario, watching all of the college hoops at home doesn’t compare to the excitement you’ll only find in Las Vegas. Plan a trip and leave the couch behind.

In Las Vegas, you can find big-game atmosphere around every turn, with amenities galore, not to mention ways to celebrate afterward that just aren’t waiting in your kitchen. See every buzzer-beater in style!

Lagasse’s Stadium at The Venetian/The Palazzo is the ultimate 21-and-over sports bar and sports book experience. Stadium seating, with elevated versions of game-time classic dishes and gourmet options from Emeril Lagasse’s signature cuisine. And with more than 100 HD TVs (including a 9-foot by 16-foot main screen), you won’t miss a second of the action no matter where you are.

Looking to enjoy a beer with the game? Beer Park atop Paris Las Vegas provides a 10,000-square-foot, open-air rooftop atmosphere overlooking the fantastic Fountains of Bellagio (How does that compare to your back yard?), with more than 100 eclectic beer options including three dozen brews on tap, along with handcrafted beer and liquor libations. Order from either the full menu or concession-style stadium offerings, and enjoy the games your way on dozens of HD TVs.

How about a full day of sports and fun at Topgolf Las Vegas near MGM Grand? Take a few swings in private golf bays, sit by a pool, enjoy the game on big screens, and dine from the full menu. Stick around for a post-game drink and maybe even a concert. A whole-day-in-one experience.

Umami Burger, Beer Garden and Sports Book at SLS Las Vegas is another venue where you can do more than just watch the games. Enjoy craft brews at the Beer Garden overlooking the Strip, and get in on the action at the sports book right at the venue. Not to mention the innovative gourmet burgers that are Umami’s trademark.

Did you plan a trip to Vegas just to see your favorite team? Beerhaus at The Park is more than just a fresh take on the classic beer hall. If you’re rooting for an out-of-town team, the manager tells us that Beerhaus becomes the “home” for fans of every team that’s playing away-from-home here in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas is also home to huge viewing parties specifically for the tournament. You’ll find dozens of parties available.

If you are all about the game, check out the excitement and ambiance at the Westgate Super Book. It’s the world’s largest race and sports book, with 25,000 square feet of space and screens galore.

Before and after every buzzer beater, celebrate like no place else. From legendary seasonal pool parties like Rehab Beach Club at the Hard Rock Hotel to nightlife hotspots like Marquee at The Cosmopolitan, in Las Vegas, the final whistle is just the beginning. Many day clubs and nightclubs double as viewing parties for major events, too, putting all of the excitement in one place.

When the tournament rolls around, choose Vegas. You’re sure to have a blast, and you’ll never once have to worry about finding that lost remote.