Each school playing in the The American Men’s Basketball Tournament has been assigned a fan base restaurant in Hartford. Dine with fellow fans around town; show your ticket stub or tournament credentials to receive 15%* off of your bill.

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*Does not include alcohol, tax, or gratuity

Taste of The American at the Basketball Fan Fest
The Taste of the American will serve up 11 regional dishes representing the 11 teams competing in The American Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball Championship at the Basketball Fan Fest in the XL Center’s exhibition hall. Admission to the Fan Fest is free; tokens must be purchased to sample food.

Strawberry Orange Muffins: Strawberry and orange muffins with a streusel topping

Chili with Spaghetti: Steaming spaghetti covered with our secret recipe chili, topped with a mound of shredded cheddar cheese

New England Clam Chowder: Thick and creamy New England clam chowder chock full of fresh clams, potatoes, cream

Eastern Carolina
Cornbread: Cornbread made from scratch in an iron skillet

Steak Sandwich: Sliced tenderloin piled high on freshly baked bread with your choice of sautéed onions or mushrooms and horseradish mayo

Pulled Pork: Special pork roast, slow smoked until it’s fork-tender, shredded and piled high on a soft bun

Key Lime Pie: A graham cracker crust filled with a creamy smooth lime flavored filling, and topped with lots of whipped cream

Dallas Texas BBQ Chicken: Shredded chicken smothered in BBQ sauce. Served on a freshly baked soft bun

Philly Cheesesteak: Sliced Philly steak, provolone cheese, sautéed onions. Served on a freshly baked Philadelphia roll

New Orleans Jambalaya: Creole-style jambalaya with tender chicken, bell peppers, sausage, rice, celery & onion.

Oklahoma City Chili Cheese Dogs: Loaded chili cheese dogs topped with chopped onions

The Basketball Fan Fest includes a exhibition from the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, a Half Court Challenge where you can test your basketball skills against fellow fans, a Kids Zone with basketball inflatables, sign making and activities for children, a Man Cave & Game Room lounge area, a Beer Garden with a full-size trailer bar, a photo booth, First Alert Weather Center, Sports Desk, social media hub, giveaways and more. Admission is free.

Fan Fest Hours:
Friday, March 13, 11 am – 9 pm
Saturday, March 14, Noon – 5 pm
Sunday, March 15, Noon – 3 pm