It has been reported today that the Capital One Arena in Washington has played host to the opening of a new sportsbook and betting facilities from global bookmaker William Hill.
The US arm of the betting giant has opened its first US betting facilities within a sports complex and the momentous occasion was marked with debut bets placed by season ticket holders from the Washington Wizards, Capitals and Mystics.
The sportsbook, which is temporary, is located within the box office of the arena and the deal has been signed with venue owner Monumental Sports & Entertainment just in time for the return of many pro sports and sporting events following the months of suspension due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
US sporting legends were among those placing debut wagers at the facility, including: Ms. Angela Tilghman (Mystics), Mr. David Feldman (Capitals) and Mr. David Dwornik (Wizards).
As part of the partnership between the bookmaker and the venue, the firm has installed ten betting kiosks for placing wagers along with seven ticket windows that will be open seven days a week for twelve hours from 11am until 11pm.
Jim Van Stone of Monumental Sports & Entertainment commented on the opening:
“We are so pleased to mark this day with three of the most dedicated team fans who propel our players towards excellence on the court or on the ice and for whom Monumental Sports & Entertainment continually innovates.
And we couldn’t be more excited to couple this new dimension of a sports experience with the return to play across all of our leagues.
William Hill has been a terrific partner with a reputation for excellence in service and maintaining the highest level of integrity in their process, and we look forward to welcoming many familiar and new visitors to the arena to check it out.”
The new facility is only temporary as the permanent venue is still under construction and not expected to be completed until near the end of the year, pending approval from the local relevant regulatory bodies.
Joe Asher of William Hill US also shared views on the partnership:
“Washington, D.C. is known for its dedicated sports fans, and we’re excited to finally bring them a new way to engage with their favourite teams. Being the first to open a retail location in a professional sports venue wouldn’t be possible without our relationship with Ted Leonsis and his team at Monumental.
Our teams are working hard to finalize the permanent sports book, restaurant and bar concept we originally envisioned inside the arena.”
In addition to betting services, customers can also expect a full-service food and drinks facility.