Saturday December 9, 2023

First Sportsbook Connected to MLB Stadium Opens At Nationals Park

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The BetMGM Sportsbook at Nationals Park opened on Monday, becoming the first retail sportsbook connected to a Major League Baseball stadium.

BetMGM began a multi-year, exclusive deal with the Washington Nationals last year. The on-site venue will add to BetMGM’s app that launched in June, which allows mobile wagers within a two-block radius of the stadium.

In July – the app’s first full month – Washington reported a handle of $643,498 and $148,796 in revenue.

  • Fans will not have access to the retail sportsbook while attending a Nationals game, but can still place bets through the app.
  • The 4,000-square-foot on-site sportsbook will offer full-service beverage and dining options, six betting windows, betting kiosks, and 40 big-screen TVs year-round.

Rise of On-site Sportsbooks

On Monday, the United Center announced plans to add a two-story sportsbook to its venue in partnership with FanDuel.

The District opened William Hill’s sportsbook at Capital One Arena, home of the Washington Capitals and Wizards, in May 2021 — the first sportsbook to operate inside a U.S. professional sports venue.

Earlier this month, BetMGM unveiled plans to become the NFL’s first on-site sportsbook at the Arizona Cardinals’ State Farm Stadium.

Last year, DraftKings received approval for a sportsbook at the Chicago Cubs’ Wrigley Field as part of the pair’s reported $100 million deal. FanDuel recently opened a sportsbook inside the Footprint Center, home of the Phoenix Suns and Mercury.

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