Major pro-sports facilities in the US are about to head in a new direction as the Capital One Sports Arena in Washington sets to become the first such venue with a betting parlor.
It isn’t yet certain when the betting parlor will be unveiled, as there are still some wrinkles needing to be ironed out in regulation.
Speaking on behalf of William Hill (which will be operating the facility in Washington), chief executive Joe Asher said, “I don’t really have a good feel for how long that might take. You would bet on some time in 2020.”
Betting parlors are almost commonplace at sports stadiums elsewhere in the world. However, it’s only due a favorable ruling by the US Supreme Court in 2018 that such a thing is looking more possible in America.
One particular issue that could potentially prolong the process for the Capital One Sports Arena is the fact Georgetown uses the venue to host their home games.
This means there are several college games played there.
So the question which might or might not become a thorn in everyone’s side is whether or not the betting kiosks will be operative during such games.
As officials pointed out, fans would be able to place bets via the William Hill mobile app regardless, but it looks like we’ll just have to wait and see.