Monumental Sports and William Hill have been on the forefront of sports wagering when introducing the Capital One Arena sportsbook, and now we know what the physical space will look like once it opens in 2021.
Monumental Sports has not been shy about its move into the sportsbook market with William Hill US on the Capital One Arena gambling plan. William Hill US is no stranger to relationships with arena-based teams, with deals in place with the Vegas Golden Knights, the NBA, and Prudential Center, home of the New Jersey Devils, among others. The pair have already opened a temporary sports book in the Capital One Arena ticket lobby, with construction underway on the permanent sportsbook space within the former Greene Turtle space at the arena. These rendering show what the space will look like, with William Hill US releasing more details.
Most of the new sportsbooks opening across U.S. arenas aren’t really sportsbooks in the traditional meaning: they’re lounges where fans are encouraged to place bets on their smartphones. For instance, the Pittsburgh Penguins are adding a branded lounge to PPG Paints Arena in partnership with Rivers Casino and its online wagering app. You won’t be able to place bets within this space; it’s more a reminder that sports wagering is just a click away on your smartphone. The same goes for a partnership between Pepsi Arena and PointsBet.
At Capital One Arena, you will be able to place a wager any time–even when no events are going on inside the arena. If the space looks mostly like a fairly standard sports bar with some gambling kiosks installed, you’re right on track to understanding the goal here: Monumental Sports and William Hill are going for that sort of casual approach here. Want to make the viewing of the game more interesting with a little wager? No problem. Want to watch the game in a normal sports-bar experience? No worries. We offer both approaches. What’s being built: a multi-level entertainment space featuring a full-service sports book with 12 ticket windows and 10 self-service kiosks, two VIP areas and one large private dining/event space. Highlights include:
- The entertainment space will feature 1,500 square feet of custom LED that will wrap the entire facility.
- A jumbotron on the 2nd level, which is a replica of what is located inside the Capital One Arena, will bring game-day action to life.
- A radio and TV broadcast studio on the first floor is visible from the main bar area and to pedestrians walking past the sports book location.
“We are thrilled to be the first US sports complex to have opened a year-round sports book at Capital One Arena, located in the nation’s capital,” said Jim Van Stone, President, Business Operations and Chief Commercial Officer for Monumental Sports & Entertainment, via press release. “The William Hill Sports Book will be a one-of-a-kind, immersive experience not only for Wizards and Capitals fans attending events, but for all sports fans – featuring state-of-the-art audio visual technologies and premium culinary offerings, which will surely become a premier entertainment destination for Washingtonians and visitors to the Greater Washington region.”
Once open in early 2021, the William Hill Sports Book will be open daily, year-round, and accessible to the public from F Street. The second floor also offers direct access to and from the Capital One Arena during select ticketed events: The NBA does not allow sports betting within arenas, so during Washington Wizards games fans will not be able to move freely between the book and the arena and will instead need to go outside the arena and the enter the book. The NHL has no such restriction, so fans can move freely between the arena and book during games.
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