Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Your Vegas Fantasy Football Draft

You and your fellow Midwesterners have done the same old fantasy football draft at the local Hooters for five years now. It was great for a while. Then the hazing of last year’s last place team resulted in a lifetime ban from Hooters. It’s time to do it up big. We can help you plan the ultimate destination draft in Vegas, baby!

One of the biggest selling points of a Vegas draft party is the fact that late August through early September is a slower time as far as tourism is concerned. The summer vacation rush is subsiding, and hotels are dropping room rates like Ted Ginn Jr. drops touchdowns passes. Secure a handful of rooms for the league at MGM Grand for around $75 per room, per night. Forget about fancy. As long as there’s a bed and a bathroom, you should be fine. If last year’s champion complains, tell him to book his own room next time. The group will not be spending much time in their rooms anyway.

There are plenty of relatively inexpensive lodging options up and down the Strip, especially if you can swing a midweek visit, but MGM Grand boasts a killer sports book that features private, luxury sky boxes and some of the best buffalo wings in town. You’ll also have easy access to the Las Vegas Monorail, attractions such as Topgolf and the High Roller, and some of the Strip’s best pool parties and nightclubs.

Yes, the majority of the Vegas vacation will be spent at the sports book and casino, but consider taking a tour while in town. You’d be surprised at the affordability of helicopter tours of nearby Grand Canyon. Driving to the geological wonder is about an 8-hour roundtrip. Flying to the South Rim is a 4-hour trip hotel to hotel. The scenic vistas will help you clear your head, get your mind right and decide who to spend that first round draft pick on.

A group outing is also a nice addition to any Vegas getaway. If you’ve yet to determine a draft order, this is the perfect opportunity to do so. Grab the league and head to one of the many Vegas shooting ranges. The majority of the Strip’s gun ranges offer complimentary shuttle transportation to guests of the major resorts. Here’s what you do: sharpest shooter is awarded the first pick and the rest of the draft positions are doled out based on accuracy.

The draft itself is the most important part, and there’s no shortage of draft hosting options in Sin City. If your league is going with the DIY option, don’t forget to bring along a draft board. Set up shop poolside. Reserving a private cabana means you’ll have a cool, comfortable place to draft your immaculate squad and receive bottle service Jerry Jones would approve of. As an added bonus, the high-profile accommodations will more than likely result in an abundance of bikini-clad volunteers for the position of sticker “assistant.”

Should your league be in the market for more of an all-inclusive experience, some Las Vegas hotels will actually host a draft for you. Places like The D Las Vegas in Downtown cater to fantasy football leagues. This time of year, the property sells pre-planned draft packages starting at $25 per person that include the use of its Detroit Ballroom for up to 4 hours, catering from some of Downtown Las Vegas’ favorite restaurants, cocktail service, gambling vouchers and a complimentary draft kit.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve been planning this since December or lunch; there are plenty of options readily available in Las Vegas for fantasy football leagues looking to shake it up. Fill out your trip with discount tickets to Vegas shows, tours and attractions from VegasDaze. Join the conversation and share your Vegas fantasy football tales in the comments section. Follow us on social media for more fun travel ideas and recommendations.

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