William Hill Introduces Sports Betting in D.C.
William Hill has launch sports betting options to punters in Washington D.C
Since the COVID-19 pandemic took hold, many events around the globe were postponed, ranging from concerts to political rallies. The world of sport has also suffered, with major US competitions such as the NBA and MLB being halted. Now that sports are returning, states across the country are looking to introduce sports betting options for their residents. Last week, the District of Columbia joined the party as William Hill U.S. opened seven betting windows and nine kiosks at the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C.
For the moment, the box office at the home of two of the city’s major teams, the NBA’s Washington Wizards and NHL’s Washington Wizards, will serve as a temporary location for William Hill. The operator’s primary retail site is currently undergoing construction, so in the meantime is utilizing the box office to offer sports betting options. This temporary venue is open seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. EST.
William Hill’s partner, Monumental Sports & Entertainment, was delighted to see retail sports betting operations go live. Jim Van Stone, president of business operations and chief commercial officer for Monumental Sports, said the opening of the temporary sportsbook would bring a “new dimension to the Washington Metropolitan region.”
Stone also stressed the importance of William Hill being a well-known brand, and that they were looking to build on their relationship. He feels this announcement will encourage “even more visitors to our arena.”
Safety Measures in Place
For those worried about visiting because of Coronavirus, all of the typical safety protocols we have now come to expect will be in operation. As is common in most venues now, hand sanitizers, social distancing, and face masks are required for customers.
William Hill was equally as thrilled to enter the Washington D.C market. Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill U.S, stressed the importance of their relationship with Monumental and that they have been “terrific partners.” Asher also confirmed that they still plan on opening their permanent sportsbook as soon as possible. He said this temporary solution will allow their customers to bet on sports as they start coming back, while they focus on “finalizing the permanent sportsbook, restaurant and bar concept we have always visualized.”
Top Class Facility Under Construction
The development of a permanent location inside the world-class arena that hosts two professional sports teams is exciting. David Grolman, president of retail operations for William Hill U.S, believes the sportsbook will be among the most impressive locations around, stating, “It’ll be what I think is the most immersive sportsbook-restaurant experience anywhere the country.”
As part of this deal, the Capitals and Wizards benefit massively, and it is hoped that more will follow. The New York Giants and New York Jets have FanDuel Sportsbook at Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Wayne Kimmel, a venture capitalist and chairman of SeventySix Capital Sports Advisory, believes sportsbooks in stadiums will only increase. He said the sports and gaming world would forge closer links in the future, “providing a full, 360 entertainment experience for fans”. It seems this is not the last sportsbook or casino location we will see inside a stadium. In the NFL, Denver Broncos have taken the lead and announced FanDuel and MGM as partners, with more expected to get in on the action.
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