William Hill US made a notable debut this week, opening its first-ever sportsbook location in Washington DC and the first in a sports complex in the United States – the Capital One Arena. Inaugural season ticket holders from the Washington Wizards, Capitals and Mystics have marked the ceremonial opening bets.
The temporary sports book is housed inside the Capital One Arena Box Office at 601 F Street, NW. Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE) is the parent company of the Washington Capitals, Wizards, Mystics and Capital One Arena, led by Founder, Chairman, Principal Partner and CEO Ted Leonsis.
The timing of the launch dovetails perfectly with the return of professional sports in the aftermath of the global COVID-19 pandemic, despite the suspension both leagues imposed.
William Hill US CEO Joe Asher stated: “Washington DC is known for its dedicated sports fans, and we’re excited to finally bring them a new way to engage with their favorite 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.”
The opening and involvement of the inaugural season ticket holders was welcomed by Jim Van Stone, President of Business Operations and Chief Commercial Officer, MSE. He said: “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.”
Visitors can notice seven ticket windows and 10 kiosks inside the box office of the arena, and a smooth bet placement experience. The facility is available from 11 am to 11 pm, seven days a week.
Design and construction are underway on the permanent William Hill Sports Book, and it is scheduled to open in the fall of 2020 pending approval by regulators. The sports book will include full-service food and beverage options, complemented by William Hill’s premium sports betting services, Washington Capitals’ official sports betting partner, Wizards and Mystics and Monumental Sports & Entertainment.