Sportsbook operator William Hill US and Monumental Sports & Entertainment, owner of the Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals, and Washington Mystics, have announced a first-of-its-kind partnership for sports betting in Washington DC.

Subject to the receipt of all required regulatory approvals the partnership will include the creation of the first sports book at a US professional sports venue, with the development of a William Hill Sports Book at Capital One Arena. William Hill also will become the exclusive sports betting partner of the Washington Wizards, Washington Capitals, Washington Mystics and Monumental Sports & Entertainment.

Ted Leonsis, Monumental Chairman, Founder, Principal Partner and CEO, explained: “We are excited to partner with William Hill, the industry leader in sports betting, to become the first professional sports arena in the US to feature a sportsbook. Through this partnership, we are thrilled to enhance the fan experience with innovative gaming opportunities and transformational dining and culinary options not just on event days, but year-round. 

“Our partnership with William Hill compliments our vision of making our arena the premier sports and entertainment destination in Washington DC.” 

William Hill CEO Joe Asher said: “This sports book will be a flagship venue for the industry and will serve the sports fans of the Washington DC area unlike any other. Partnering with Ted Leonsis and the entire Monumental team was ideal. They share our vision and principles for bringing innovative sports betting opportunities to fans in a responsible way. This deal sets a new benchmark for how the industry will serve fans and how fans engage in sports.”

Once approved, the sports book will be operated by William Hill, with premium betting facilities and a full-service food and beverage offering. The book, which will span multiple floors, will be open daily, year-round, and accessible to the public from F Street. During game days and certain in-arena events, ticketed and non-ticketed fans will have access to the sports book. 

The sports book also will be open on non-event days. Sports fans of legal age will also have the option to wager on a William Hill mobile app inside the arena, as permitted by the Washington DC regulations.