William Hill US, one of the country’s leading sportsbook operators, officially opened its first location in Washington D.C., and the first within a U.S. sports arena. The sportsbook celebrated the opening of the DC location with a ceremony in which first bets were placed by season ticket holders from the Washington Wizards, Mystics and Capitals.
The William Hill sportsbook is temporarily located inside the Capital One Arena Box Office. Monumental Sports and Entertainment is the parent company of the Washington Capitals, Mystics, Wizards, and Capital One Arena. The opening of the sportsbook coincides with professional sports returning, following the shutdown all leagues imposed due to government COVID-19 mandates.
At the head of Monumental Sports and Entertainment is the founder, chairman, principal partner and chief executive officer, Ted Leonsis.
“Washington, D.C. is famous for its devoted sports fans. We’re excited to bring the DC fans a new way to interact with their favorite teams. Being the first sportsbook to open a location in a professional sports venue wouldn’t be possible without Ted Leonsis and his team at Monumental,” commented Joe Asher, CEO of William Hill US. “Our teams are working together to finalize the permanent sportsbook, bar, and restaurant we originally visualized inside the arena.”
William Hill Celebrates with Inaugural Season Ticket Holders
Inaugural season ticket holders (those who bought season tickets the first season the team played) were the first to place bets during a small ceremony.
Inaugural season ticket holders have held season tickets since the 1973/74 season of the Washington Wizards, from the 1973/74 season of the Washington Capitals and the 1998 season for the Mystics.
The inaugural season ticket holders who were honored are Mr. David Dwornik (Wizards), Mr. David Feldman (Capitals), and Ms. Angela Tilghman (Mystics). Each one placed a bet on their team, using their lucky numbers.
“We are so pleased to celebrate this day with three of the most dedicated DC fans. They motivate our players to excellence on the ice, on the court and for whomever, Monumental Sports and Entertainment continues to innovate,” said Jim Van Stone, President of Business Operations and Chief Commercial Officer.
Van Stone went on to say, “We couldn’t be more excited to pair this new dimension of sports with the return of all of our leagues. William Hill has been a great partner with a reputation for excellence in service. William Hill maintains the highest level of integrity throughout their process, and we look forward to welcoming many old and new visitors to the arena to check out the sportsbook.”
The Temporary Sportsbook Location is Worth a Visit
The temporary William Hill sportsbook is located inside the arena’s box office. Bettors will find ten kiosks, seven ticket windows, and a smooth, easy way of placing bets. The sportsbook will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m, seven days a week.
Construction of the permanent sportsbook is underway, and, pending regulatory approval, it’s expected to welcome bettors in the fall of 2020. The permanent sportsbook will feature a full-service bar and restaurant, complemented by William Hill’s premium sports betting experience.
William Hill is the exclusive sports betting partner of the Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals, Washington Mystics, and Monumental Sports and Entertainment; Monumental Sports owns all three sports teams, as well as Capital One Arena.
About William Hill
Employing over 12,500 people, William Hill PLC is among the world’s leading sports betting and gaming companies. The company began in 1934, in the UK and the company is listed on the London Stock Exchange.
Headquartered in Leeds and London, William Hill has nationwide licensed betting facilities in Great Britain. It is one of the UK’s leading online sports betting and gaming services.
In 2012, the company opened in the US, focusing on retail and mobile sports betting in Nevada; it’s now the largest sports betting company in the USA. Currently, William Hill US operates 114 sportsbooks in Nevada and has the state’s leading mobile sports betting app.
In New Jersey, William Hill has locations at Monmouth Park Racetrack, Tropicana Atlantic City, Ocean Resort Casino, and online with the William Hill New Jersey sports betting app.
William Hill also operates sportsbooks in Iowa, Indiana and West Virginia, and online in those states with its mobile sports betting app.
William Hill is also a licensed sports betting operator in many casinos in New Mexico and Mississippi. Finally, the company is the exclusive risk manager for the Rhode Island and Delaware sports lotteries.
Finally, William Hill is also licensed to operate in Italy, the Bahamas, Sweden, and Spain and serves its online customers throughout the world from its digital hubs in Malta and Gibraltar.
About Monumental Sports and Entertainment
America’s leading sports and entertainment company, hands down, is Monumental Sports and Entertainment. The people behind the scenes, as well as the teams, players, and events, bring joy and excitement to millions of fans. Monumental innovates and invests to consistently raise the bar, delivering exceptional experiences to unite and inspire our fans, community, and our people.