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March Madness Food Deals 2025: What to Expect Next Year

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March Madness is the biggest sporting event for Division I college basketball teams. Millions of fans cheer their team(s) on throughout the tournament, which lasts three weeks from mid-March to early April. And restaurants are turning the tourney into a food holiday with plenty of deals. 

What can you expect for March Madness food deals in 2025? Here's a look at what we saw during the last tournament and hope to see again next year.

In 2025, we predict BOGO-free food deals at Buffalo Wild Wings, Firehouse, and Cold Stone, and more. Loyalty rewards members from Casey’s, and Qdoba will have a chance at freebies and extra reward points. Plus, look for several free delivery deals for online orders.

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March Madness is the three-week college basketball tournament when restaurants offer food deals.

Between mid-March and early April, college basketball teams battle in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion — and during that time, restaurants offer food deals to fuel sports fans’ tourney-watching meals. 

March Madness food deals encompass a variety of promotions offered by restaurants and food chains during the NCAA basketball tournament, including discounts, freebies, and special offers to attract customers. Examples range from buy-one-get-one-free deals to discounted combo meals and loyalty rewards such as free wings or double points. These promos provide convenient and affordable options for enjoying food while watching the games.

The March Madness tournament will begin on Tuesday, March 18, 2025. (predicted)

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The NCAA 2024 March Madness basketball tournament began Tuesday, March 19 (first four), through Monday, April 8 (championship game). Although the 64-team tournament’s start date varies from year to year, it typically starts the second or third week of March and continues until the championship game.

The term March Madness was first used in 1939, but wasn’t associated with the NCAA tournament (which started in 1939) until sportscaster Brent Musberger mentioned it on air in 1985. In total, 64 teams play in the women’s tournament, while 68 men’s teams will play during March Madness. Here are the 2025 dates (predicted) for each round in the men’s tournament, starting with the first four on March 18 (the official start of March Madness), followed by the first round of play on March 20:

  • First Four: March 18 - 19, 2025

  • First/Second Rounds: March 20 - 22, 2025

  • First/Second Rounds: March 21 - 23, 2025

  • East Regional: March 27 - 29, 2025

  • West Regional: March 27 - 29, 2025

  • South Regional: March 28 - 30, 2025

  • Midwest Regional: March 28 - 30, 2025

  • Final Four/Championship: April 5 - 7, 2025 (San Antonio, TX)

March Madness Deals

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7-Eleven

In 2025, watch for several March Madness deals at 7-Eleven, in-app or in store.

  • 10 mini tacos $2.59

  • 16 boneless wings for $6.99 or eight boneless wings for $3.49

  • $3 Meal Deal: Two pizza slices and any size Big Gulp

  • $2 off a whole pizza and a Pepsi, Mountain Dew or Starry 2L

  • $4 6-inch sub sandwich

  • 5 bone-in wings for $5.99 or 10 bone-in wings for $10.99

  • $3 one Big Bite (4/1 or 6/1) and one Big Gulp 30 oz

Applebee's

Next year, we expect Applebee's to offer $0.50 boneless wings for dine-in, to-go, or delivery at participating restaurants. Also, look for discount drink deals, such as $10 Bacardi Rum buckets, $5 Adios Blue Long Island Iced Tea, and a $4 Mocktail On The Beach.

Auntie Anne’s

Auntie Anne's will most likely offer their divided Pretzel Bucket and zero delivery fee for online and in-app orders at Auntie Anne’s on tournament days.

Bad Daddy's Burger Bar

In 2025, look for Bad Daddy's Burger Bar to discount their signature wings (8 count) to $10 (reg $14.95) for online and dine-in orders.

Buffalo Wild Wings

For years, Buffalo Wild Wings has been giving wings away when a NCAA tournament game goes into overtime. We expect BWW will again offer this deal in 2025. How the deal works: If any game goes into overtime, rewards members will receive six free wings (regularly $10.99) if you log in to your Blazin’ Rewards account or place an online order the same day the game goes into overtime. Look for the for the free wings coupon to hit your members’ account the next day.

We have even more Buffalo Wild Wings hacks that’ll get you cheaper wings and beer.

Burger King

Look for a rewards member exclusive in-app game next year (in 2024, it was the Fiery Buffalo BK Ball Game) that will give you the chance to win a perk every day through the March Madness. You can redeem as many perks as you can during the tournament (but only one a day).

Here were the prizes and the odds of winning in 2024 (all food prizes require a $1 purchase when you redeem the prize):

  • Free Whopper (2 in 64)

  • Free 8-piece Fiery Buffalo Nuggets (4 in 64)

  • Free 8-piece Nuggets (4 in 64)

  • Free Fiery Buffalo BK Royal Crispy Wrap (4 in 64)

  • Free Medium Soft Drink (8 in 64)

  • Free 4-piece Nuggets (4 in 64)

  • 64 Crowns (6 in 64)

  • 32 Crowns (10 in 64)

  • 16 Crowns (16 in 64)

California Pizza Kitchen

Watch for a 5 Mix & Match Take & Bake Pizzas for $50 deal at California Pizza Kitchen. We expect eligible pizzas to include Pepperoni, Mupesa, BBQ Chicken, Thai, Cal Veggie, and Five Cheese (regularly priced up to $18.99).

Casey's

Next year, we expect Casey's to offer several food deals like:

  • BOGO 50% Off Large Single Topping Pizzas with a promo code.

  • $14 Large Specialty or Breakfast Pizza with a promo code.

Casey’s rewards members will likely get to play Casey's Match-Up game for a chance to win freebies every day during the 2025 NCAA basketball tournament. Here's the prize list from the last tournament in 2024:

  • Free Casey’s Juice or Tea (value $2.19)

  • Free Casey’s Small Chips (value $1.99)

  • Free Casey’s Nuts (value $1.69)

  • 25 Bonus Points

  • 50 Bonus Points

  • 75 Bonus Points

  • 100 Bonus Points

Cold Stone Creamery

In 2025, watch for a BOGO free deal online and in-app with a promo code at Cold Stone Creamery during March Madness.

Dave & Buster's

Look for Dave & Buster’s to have several March Madness deals throughout the tournament in 2025, such as:

  • $2 beers and $5 shots

  • All You Can Eat Wings for the championship, plus get a $10 Power Card starting at $22.99 after 4 p.m.

  • Bracket Busters Giveaway: Dave & Buster’s gives away up to 1 million game chips (while supplies last) for fans who submit their busted bracket via social to Dave & Buster’s. Here are the deets:

    • You'll receive a $10 free game play coupon

    • Coupon is valid for one week

    • Limit one coupon per person

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Dog Haus

In 2025, we expect Dog Haus to offer a couple of March Madness deals like:

  • Loaded Tots, BLT Tots, or Southwestern Tots for $7.99

  • Chopped Cheese Sliders for $13.99

Grubhub

Watch for Grubhub to have several March Madness offers in 2025, such as:

  • Little Caesars: $5 off orders $25+

  • Taco Bell: BOGO Cantina Menu item on orders $15+

  • Wendy's: Get a free Baconator on orders of $25+

  • 7-Eleven: Save $7 on orders of $20+

  • Jack in the Box: Get $5 off orders of $20+ with purchase of Smashed Jack

  • Pizza Hut: Save $5 on orders of $25+

  • Popeyes: Score a free 6 piece wings on orders of $20+

  • Applebees: Save $5 on orders of $30+

  • Jersey Mike's: Save $5 on orders of $25+

  • Wendy's: Get 25% off order of $25+

Friendly's

We predict Friendly's will have a March Madness deal like buy any 12-count boneless or bone-in wings at Friendly's and get a Fribble for $0.99 (reg $7.29+) with a promo code.

Hooters

Watch for a March Madness deal for HootClub rewards members in 2025. During the last tournament, if you visited Hooters four times and made a $40+ purchase, you received a $15 reward for a future purchase.

Hungry Howie's Pizza

Hungry Howie's will offer a March Madness deal or two on their pizzas at HungryHowies.com or in the Hungry Howie's app.

Jack in the Box

In 2025, we expect Jack in the Box to offer free delivery on game days (from 4 a.m. - 11:59 p.m. PT) with any $20+ online or in-app order at Jack in the Box.

Jet's Pizza

Watch for a few hot deals at Jet's Pizza during next year's tournament. Look for deals like these at JetsPizza.com or through the Jet's Pizza app:

  • $5 off any menu-priced 8 corner pizza

  • $5 off all specialty pizzas

  • Mix n' Match any 2 items, $7.99 each

KFC

During March Madness, KFC typically offers a few deals. Next year, keep an eye out for a freebie with purchase deal and a catering offer when you order online or in the KFC app.

Find out how you can unlock the KFC menu for cheaper chicken.

Marco's Pizza

In 2025, Marco's Pizza will most likely offer a few March Madness deals on their pizzas and pizzoli (with promo codes).

McAlister's Deli

Look for zero delivery fees at McAlister's Deli during next year's tournament when you order at McAlistersDeli.com or through the McAlister's Deli app.

O'Charley's

O'Charley's will likely offer a discount (with a promo code) on party platters at OCharleys.com.

Outback Steakhouse

Watch for Outback Steakhouse to offer a deal like their 3-course meal for $16.99+.

Pie Five Pizza

Even during March Madness, you can buy any three personal pizzas, get a fourth one free at Pie Five Pizza.

Playa Bowls

Look for Playa Bowls to offer their Playa Rewards members a March Madness special at PlayaBowls.com, in the Playa Bowls app, or in restaurant.

Popeyes

In 2025, we expect Popeye's to offer their rewards members a March Madness food deal and a $0 delivery with an in-app or online purchase.

Qdoba

Watch for Qdoba to offer their rewards members a chance to earn bonus points and a mystery reward when they play the Burrito Bracket Challenge in 2025.

Here's how we expect it will work next year: order an entree four times in-app, online, or in restaurant, and you'll earn the Champion Mystery Reward (see below). For online or in-app orders, you have to order through your rewards account. For in-restaurant orders, you must scan your Rewards card or Rewards barcode. Limit one offer per person per order. Your rewards will post to your account within 24 hours.

  • First entree order activates the Slam Dunk Mode and unlocks 2X Points on your next visit

  • Second entree order you'll receive 2X Points

  • Third entree order you'll receive 3X Points

  • Fourth entree order you'll receive your Championship Mystery Reward

Red Robin

Next year, you can celebrate March Madness with food deals at Red Robin.

Schlotzsky’s

Watch for Schlotzsky’s to offer free delivery for online or in-app orders every Saturday and Sunday during the NCAA tournament in 2025.

Subway

In 2025, we expect Subway to have their buy one Subway footlong and get one 50% off deal online or in the Subway app.

TGI Fridays

Look for TGI Fridays to have several offers during March Madness 2025. We expect they will have their busted bracket deal (get six free wings with any food or non-alcoholic purchase). Plus, they will most likely offer a discount on their traditional and boneless wings on tournament game days (men’s and women’s).

The Greene Turtle

Next year, at The Greene Turtle, watch for drink deals like the Starting Five (a beer bucket with five beers) for $15 and discounts on their house margaritas, beers, hard seltzers, and more. 

Uber Eats

In 2025, you can celebrate March Madness with plenty of Uber Eats delivery deals. Here are some of the deals we hope to see next year through Uber Eats:

  • Burger King: Free Whopper with orders of $15+

  • Firehouse Subs: BOGO free subs

  • Taco Bell: BOGO Cantina Chicken Quesadilla

  • KFC: Free Chicken Sandwich with orders of $15+

  • Wendy’s: Free Dave’s Single burgers with orders of $15+

Wendy’s

Next year, watch for Wendy’s to offer their rewards members a March Madness deal such as their Dave's Single for $1 and a Dave's Double for $2.

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