Buffalo’s newest sports bar prepares for first NCAA tournament

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The third Thursday in March is a day that basketball fans mark on their calendar each year. With NCAA Tournament games kicking off just after noon and going for about twelve hours a day over the next two days, there will be a lot of scores and story lines to keep up with.

At (716) Food and Sport inside HARBORcenter, the 38-foot feature screen above the center bar can show up to six games at a time, and the staff is prepared to switch which games are featured at any moment.

“We want to give people what they want before they know they want it,” said Coach Kyle Bukolt. “So if there is a game towards the end and it’s a little bit closer than people thought, we want to make sure that it’s on with audio so that people are glued to the action.”

In honor of the UB Bulls making their first NCAA tournament appearance in school history, (716) plans to show their game against West Virgina at 2:10 Friday full screen.

There will also be special Bulls-themed menu items, drink specials, and a cowbell giveaway for the first 100 people through the door.

If you can’t make it to a bar or restaurant to watch the games, here are some tips to stay connected on your computer or smart phone, from CNET’s Karin Caifa:

  • The free “Bracket the Madness” app to create bracket pools, fill out your picks, share them on social media, and trash talk your friends
  • The CBS Sports app allows you to build brackets and watch clips of the games
  • Check out www.exceltemplates.net to print brackets and score sheets to organize your office pool
  • Set your internet browser to be the college hoops information hub. Brand Thunder offers a March Madness-themed browser extension that you can easily install to get score updates and video highlights easily and in one place.

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