William Hill US, America’s leading sports book operator, marked the official opening of its first-ever location in Washington, D.C. – and first-ever within a U.S. sports complex – with ceremonial first bets placed Aug. 3 by inaugural season-ticket holders from the Washington Wizards, Capitals and Mystics.
The temporary sports book is located inside the Capital One Arena Box Office at 601 F Street, NW. Its timing coincides with the return of professional sports following the hiatus all leagues imposed in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic.
Inaugural season-ticket holders since the 1973-74 season of the Washington Capitals, from the 1973-74 season of the Washington Wizards and the 1998 season of the Mystics placed the ceremonial first bets. Mr. David Feldman (Capitals), Mr. David Dwornik (Wizards) and Ms. Angela Tilghman (Mystics) each placed bets on their respective teams, using lucky numbers with hopes of winning big.
“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,” said Jim Van Stone, President of Business Operations and Chief Commercial Officer, MSE. “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.”
Inside the arena’s box office, visitors will find seven ticket windows and 10 kiosks and a seamless experience for placing bets. The facility will be open seven days a week, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Design and construction on the permanent William Hill Sports Book are underway, and it is expected to open in the fall of 2020, pending regulatory approval. The sports book will have full-service food and beverage offerings, complemented by the premium sports betting facilities that are synonymous with the brand. William Hill is the exclusive sports betting partner of the Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, Washington Mystics and Monumental Sports & Entertainment, which owns all three sports league franchises as well as Capital One Arena.
— Monumental Sports & Entertainment press release
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