D.C. United and FanDuel are set to open a sportsbook in Audi Field on Friday, July 8. It will be the first retail sportsbook to open in a Major League Soccer Stadium.
FanDuel and D.C. United will host a media event to officially open the sportsbook on Friday with actor Carl Anthony Payne II attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony and placing the ceremonial first bet.
D.C. United announced a multi-year partnership with FanDuel in 2020 making the sports betting heavyweight the official sports betting sponsor of the club. The location was expected to open in 2021 but it first needed to be granted a Class A license by DC Lottery.
The soccer-specific stadium opened in 2018 and seats 20,000. The new betting space will be open year-round and is 2,700 square feet. It includes three wagering stations, two large video walls, 47 televisions, and 18 self-serve kiosks. Bettors will also have a view of the field from the sportsbook.
The location will be FanDuel’s second in a sports facility with their first opening last year at Footprint Center in Phoenix, Ariz.
Other Local Stadium Sportsbooks
When sports betting was passed in the city, the law authorized retail sportsbooks in the four major sports arenas. The sportsbook in Audi Field will be the third in-stadium sportsbook to open in the Washington D.C. area.
In 2021, Caesars by William Hill partnered with the Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards to open up a sportsbook inside Capital One Arena. It became the first sportsbook to be in a professional sports venue in the U.S.
Since opening, the sportsbook in Capital One Arena has produced quite a bit of revenue for the District of Columbia. According to the American Gaming Association report, it was the top contributor to the industry with $18.4 million brought in during its first year.
Then in February, BetMGM opened up one of its own retail sportsbooks at Nationals Park — the home stadium of the Washington Nationals. When it opened it became the first sportsbook to be connected to a Major League Baseball stadium.
It leaves just FedEx Field and the Washington Commanders as the only major sports team in the D.C. area to not have a retail betting location in their stadium, though there may be an agreement in place for newly-licensed Fanatics to operate that sportsbook.
Maryland Sports Betting Update
Retail sports betting launched at the end of 2021 in Maryland, but the state has yet to legalize mobile betting. The hope is that mobile apps will launch in time for the NFL season to start.
Until then there are five operational in-person sportsbooks in casinos around the state. FanDuel Sportsbook (Live! Casino & Hotel in Hanover), Caesars Sportsbook (Horseshoe Casino Baltimore), BetMGM (MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill), TwinSpires (Ocean Downs Casino in Berlin), and Barstool Sports (Hollywood Casino in Perryville).
Pointsbet (Riverboat on the Potomac) and Betrivers (Bingo World) have been awarded their facility licenses but have not opened yet.
Fanatics is the latest sportsbook company to gain approval for a retail location from the Maryland Lottery and Gaming Commission.
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