Where to Watch March Madness Sweet 16 and Elite 8 Games in Philadelphia

Written By Katie Kohler on March 23, 2022 - Last Updated on March 24, 2022
Sweet 16 Philadelphia

The Wells Fargo Center is hosting the East Regional of the 2022 NCAA Tournament. The Sweet 16 tips on Thursday and games in Philadelphia begin on Friday, March 25. The Elite Eight East Regional game is scheduled for Sunday, March 27.

If you are visiting Philadelphia, here’s a March Madness betting and visitor’s guide. Whether you have tickets or not, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the basketball action and enjoy the City of Brotherly Love.

Can you bet on sports in Philadelphia?

Yes. There are 14 legal, legit and licensed sports betting apps in Pennsylvania in addition to retail sportsbooks. If you are 21+ and physically located in Pennsylvania, you can place a bet on some of the best online sportsbooks like FanDuel and DraftKings anywhere….even at your seat at the Wells Fargo Center.

How to get Sweet 16 tickets in Philadelphia

Tickets to the East Regional in Philadelphia are sold out and available on the secondary market at sites such as StubHub and VividSeats.

Purdue vs. St. Peter’s Sweet 16 betting odds

March 25 at 7:09 p.m: No. 3 Purdue vs. No. 15. Saint Peter’s at 7:09 p.m.

Purdue vs. St. Peter’s analysis from Jon Rothstein

Jon Rothstein, college basketball insider for CBS and FanDuel gave his analysis on Purdue vs. St.Peter’s.

How did St. Peter’s become the Cinderalla of the 2022 NCAA Tournament?

“Great defense, great coaching by Saheem Holloway, and an unbelievable sense of belief. Sometimes it happens with mid-majors. If you follow the MAAC, Iona was the team that people expected to go to the tournament and go on a run. St. Peter’s did their work in the shadows.”

Purdue vs. St. Peter’s matchup 

“I am not going to bet against Holloway. He’s been linked to the Seton Hall job. It makes complete sense to pick Purdue to end their incredible run. Logic does not exist in college basketball.”

UCLA vs. North Carolina Sweet 16 betting odds

March 25 at 9: 39 p.m. No. 4. UCLA vs. No. 8 North Carolina

Where to watch March Madness in Philadelphia

Live! Casino Philadelphia

Walking distance from the Wells Fargo Center, Live! Casino Philadelphia is a prime pre and post game spot in the sports complex. It’s also a great place to watch all the NCAA Tournament action on the huge 52-foot LED screen at Sports & Social right next to the FanDuel Sportsbook.

During NCAA Tournament games, there will be food and drink specials, giveaways, contests, games, and more. You can reserve a watch party for large groups by emailing [email protected].

At FanDuel Sportbook at Live!, sports bettors that place a $50 wager on a March Madness game between March 17-April 4, can visit fanduel.com/bracketbonus and enter their Bet Slip ID located at the top of their ticket for a chance to win $500.

Rivers Casino Philadelphia

The 5,700 sq. ft. BetRivers Sportsbook at Rivers Philadelphia has a huge HD video wall and lots of comfortable seating. Rivers Casino Philadelphia just opened a Rita’s Water Ice so you can enjoy the regional treat when you visit.

The BetRivers Sportsbook is doing college basketball jersey drawing during NCAA Tournament games. When you place a bet of $50 or more on college basketball games, you will be entered to win a college basketball jersey of an NBA star.

Upcoming college basketball jersey drawings at BetRivers

  • March 24, Sweet 16: Shaquille O’Neal, LSU
  • March 25, Sweet 16: Kyle Lowry, Villanova
  • Elite 8, March 26, : Russell Westbrook, UCLA
  • March 27, Elite 8: Anthony Davis, Kentucky
  • April 2, Final Four: Zion Williamson, Duke
  • April 4, Championship Game: Joel Embiid, Kansas

Barstool Sports Bar Philadelphia

Barstool Sports Bar in Philadelphia is now open, just in time for March Madness. There are no sports betting kiosks, but it doesn’t matter since you can bet from any sports betting app, including Barstool PA.

The best sports bar in Philadelphia

If you want to start an argument or get some opinions, post the question on Twitter or Reddit. Some of the more common answers are  Cavanaugh’s Rittenhouse, Tradesmans, City Tap House, Misconduct, McGillins, and Xfinity Live.

Things to do when visiting Philadelphia

Watching basketball is your priority and you’ve already Googled the “best things to do” in Philadelphia. I’ve lived right outside of Philadelphia my whole life, so I’ll offer some personal “do it” or “skip it” insight based on Visit Philadelphia’s “Most Essential Things to do.”

  1. Get a photo in front of the Liberty Bell: The lines are really long on the weekend. If you are okay waiting, do it. If not, at least take a walk around Independence Hall.
  2. Pose with Rocky Statue. Skip it. Yes, the locals driving by are laughing at you. He’s a fictional character and you just stood in line for an hour to take a picture with him. There are statues of Dr. J and Joe Frazier outside of Xfinity Live. Real-life champs.
  3. Eat a cheeseteak. Do it…but not the tourist traps. While it takes endurance and maybe 50 tries to get through to Angelos in South Philly, some other spots locals love are John’s Roast Pork (for cheesesteaks and roast pork), Cleavers, and Phillip’s (which is right near the Wells Fargo Center.)
  4. Tour Independence Hall. Do it. And walk to nearby Elfreth’s Alley, the oldest street in America.
  5. Visit the famous LOVE sculpture. Do it. You’re in the City of Brotherly Love and it’s March Madness. What’s not to love?
  6. Go to the Reading Terminal. Definitely do it. One of the oldest farmers in America and full of a dizzying array of sites and smells. Your best bet of the weekend is a pork sandwich at DiNic’s.
  7. Museums on the Ben Franklin Parkway: Depends on how long you are here for and how much time you have. Showing my penchant for art and culture, can I recommend the Harry Potter exhibition at the Franklin Institute?
  8. Stroll through Longwood Gardens: Skip it. A bit of a drive from the basketball action.
  9. Explore Philly’s waterfront: Skip it. Not looking like a good weather weekend in Philly.
  10. Dine at acclaimed restaurants: Do it. Philadelphia just had 11 semifinalist nominations for the James Beard Award.

Lead image from Wells Fargo Center Twitter

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Katie Kohler is a Philadelphia-area based award-winning journalist and Managing Editor at PlayPennsylvania. Katie especially enjoys creating unique content and on-the-ground reporting in PA. She is focused on creating valuable, timely content about casinos and sports betting for readers. Katie has covered the legal Pennsylvania gambling industry for Catena Media since 2019.

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