By Steve Kelly
There’s a chance sports betting in the District could arrive in time for the Super Bowl.
Capital One Arena has filed the first application for a “Class A” provisional sports betting license.
The “Class A” designation is reserve for D.C.’s four major sporting venues, including Audi Field, Nationals Park and the Entertainment and Sports Arena.
Capital One Arena’s application was filed Dec. 23.
DC Lottery said the application review is expected to take 30 to 45 days, meaning it’s possible betting at the arena could be in place by the Super Bowl Feb. 2.
Last year, Monumental Sports & Entertainment, the company that owns the Washington Capitals, Mystics and Wizards, said it will open a sportsbook inside Capital One Arena in 2020 in the location of the former The Greene Turtle Sports Bar and Grill. It will be operated by William Hill US, which is based in London and has operated in Las Vegas since 2012.
It will be open to people 21 and older, even though D.C. law allows anyone 18 or older to play the lottery or bet on sports.