- The Capital One Arena is now ready to open its sportsbook.
- The William Hill sportsbook in the Arena will be open and accepting bets during the pandemic.
- The Capital One Arena sportsbook will be the first arena sportsbook available in the country.
WASHINGTON – The opening ceremony for the William Hill sportsbook in the Capital One Arena will take place on Monday.
Once the opening ceremony is complete, the sportsbook will be ready to take cash bets on various sports matches.
What The Sportsbook Offers
Although it took nearly a year and a half after D.C. sports betting was legalized, the area will finally have its first sportsbook. During that time, Monumental Sports made a sportsbook that has plenty to offer.
The sportsbook in the Capital One Arena is actually not completely ready yet. Construction is still taking place to complete the sportsbook area. But the sportsbook is still allowing for legal sports betting action to take place.
The sports bets will be handled in the arena’s box office. In that area, there are seven sports betting windows and nine kiosks operated by William Hill. All of them are spaced out in a way to respect social distancing restrictions.
The sportsbook will be operational and allow in-person visitors despite the coronavirus pandemic going on. Staff will be wearing masks and gloves and customers will have access to hand sanitizers.
A First For U.S. Sports Betting
Most sportsbooks across the United States are located within casinos. This is the first time that a sportsbook has opened in a major sports arena. The Capital One Arena is home to the Washington Capitals and the Washington Wizards.
With the mission of bringing innovative entertainment to their fans, the Capital One Arena knows that opening a sportsbook is a natural step to take.
“Bringing fresh and innovative experiences to fans is core to our mission at Monumental Sports & Entertainment, and we are so proud to partner with William Hill to bring this new dimension to the Washington Metropolitan region,” said Jim Van Stone, president of Monumental Sports.
With this opening, sports and sports betting are now closer intertwined together. It is possible that this partnership could break some of the stigma against sports betting in the future.
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