Drink: Sportsunder glass

Oct 2, 2007 8:22 AM
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At last, my dome away from home!

The Plaza Dome is a sports venue that management hopes its customers will want to see and be seen.

"It’s our lounge," said Lou D’Amico director of sports operations at the Plaza Hotel. "There are no sports lounges in the downtown area, so it’s a project we are extremely proud of. Now it’s a matter of getting the word out and having everyone experience a fantastic room overlooking Fremont Street.

The room is dome-shaped with huge statues and photos of Hall of Fame players. It’s quiet and intimate with the effect of walking into a shrine.

"There is comfortable seating everywhere for about 300, a betting facility right here and a beautiful bar area," d’Amico said. ”˜It’s unique to be in a dome where you can feel like you are a part of the Fremont Street Experience right from your seat.

The Dome is open for business basically Thursdays through Mondays during football season. That could change during the NBA season when that begins in late October.

Right now, the Dome is airing a local sports radio the first Thursday of each month. Normal business hours are from 4 p.m. til midnight Thursday, Friday and Monday, 8:30 a.m. til midnight Saturday and Sunday.

"When we first talked about this project, we wanted to do something big that would bring people downtown," d’Amico said. "If they came here to the Dome, it would spart downtown interest. Fremont is beautiful to see at night and to have a clear second-story view of it is truly a spectacular feeling."

And, this is a completely sports-oriented motif.

"Few lounges have a live sports book," said Freddie Maatouk, the Plaza’s corporate vice president of casino marketing. "So far, the 5 p.m. Sunday night game has drawn the biggest crowds. We’re just getting the word out."

D’Amico is hoping to lure Las Vegan and future baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Greg Maddux to the Dome for an autograph appearance. Maddux is currently pitching for the San Diego Padres.

"I think Greg would really give the Dome a wonderful boost," d’Amico said. "I’ve known the Maddux family from a number of years. I think he would really enjoy this."

And now for Week 5 when the Cowboys and Packers are the only unbeaten teams in the NFC, while the Bears, Chargers and Saints are a combined 2-9!

Bears +3½ at Packers: Imagine, the Pack favored at Lambeau with the chance to go 5-0. The Bears are a disaster. PACKERS.

Chargers +1 at Broncos: Is it too late to bring back Marty? We still love those original helmets. Don’t look for any sympathy in Denver. The Rat has his own problems. CHARGERS.

Dolphins +5½ at Texans: Houston is back on safe ground in its own yard, but now getting overvalued. Miami wishing Nick Saban never left. DOLPHINS.

Lions +3½ at Redskins: Hard to believe the Lions wound up with 37 points after scoring just 3 against Chicago through three quarters. But, Detroit is back on the road, often a nightmare. And going to Washington carries a history of defeat. Plus, the Skins are coming off a bye. BEST BET: REDSKINS.

Cards -1½ at Rams: Old St. Louis takes on the new. We’ll take the former version whether it’s Leinart or Warner. Rams are 0-4 and done without Orlando Pace. CARDS.

Panthers at Saints (45): Plenty of bags to go around. The two biggest mysteries in the NFC. Never thought I’d say this, but where will the points come from. UNDER.

Jets +3½ at Giants: My neighborhood game. Take the points. NEW YORK (JETS).