GRAND ISLAND, Neb. – In the sports world, it's officially March Madness season. What's different than last year, is that Nebraskans can now legally bet on games at sportsbooks for the first time. 

The Grand Island Casino holds the western-most sportsbook in Nebraska.

Elite Sportsbook opened in August of 2023, marking this year the first that Nebraskans can bet on college basketball games in March, including the Huskers this year.

Casino officials say the Super Bowl has been their biggest day so far, but expect March Madness to be number two, as games will span over the course of almost three weeks.

The sportsbook is prepared for their first go, especially with several Midwest teams in the men's and women's tournament, including Nebraska and Creighton.

"I'm glad to see teams from Minnesota, South Dakota, from Iowa, from Nebraska in men's and women's NCAA Tournament," said Grand Island Casino General Manager Vince Fiala. "That draws a lot of excitement locally, and that's what we're looking for."

Fiala also says construction of the permanent casino and sportsbook is still on schedule, and the project is expected to be completed in early 2025.