Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady has begun construction on its new Rivers Sportsbook betting lounge. The work is expected to be completed later this summer; and pending New York State Gaming Commission approval, the new sportsbook will be up and running before the start of the upcoming NFL Football season in September.

“We couldn’t be happier to start construction on our new sportsbook and we’re looking forward to opening one of the first licensed sportsbooks in the state of New York at Rivers Casino & Resort Schenectady,” said acting General Manager Justin Moore. “We think sports fans and sports bettors throughout the Capital Region and beyond will be thrilled with the new sportsbook and are looking forward to welcoming them into the casino to place legal wagers for the first time.”

The new Rivers Sportsbook is adjacent to Van Slyck’s lounge, located directly off the casino’s main gaming floor. The facility will occupy just over 5,000 square feet and will be a luxury-styled sports lounge. Club chairs and table seating will accommodate approximately 80 guests and includes five private booths with TV monitors – each accommodating up to six people, 18 individual VIP seats, and 32 tabletop seats.

The lounge will have an impressive state-of-the-art 53 feet long by nine feet high LED video wall that will anchor the sportsbook viewing area, along with 22 additional TV monitors measuring 86” each. It will also include 16 betting kiosks, and six staffed betting windows to accommodate all sports bettors and guests.

Subject to New York State Gaming Commission approval, the venue will offer betting on a wide array of sporting events including professional football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, college sports and more. Bets are expected to include, but not be limited to, straight bets, parlays, totals, and in-game betting.