By Harry Allison
Capital One Arena’s sports book is open and there will be a permanent venue in the space that was once occupied by the Greene Turtle at 6th and F Streets.
The renovation of that space is complete and now work continues toward construction of a venue Monumental Sports and Entertainment executives call “transformational.”
When it’s ready, with a target of late November, the two-story facility will provide as many as 750 people (in a best-case scenario, which means post-coronavirus pandemic) with seating and sporting events to bet on.
There will be direct access to the arena for certain sporting events, but the goal is to turn the William Hill US-run sportsbook into a regular destination for sports fans with worldwide interests.
“We think it’s going to be world class,” Jim Van Stone, president of business operations for Monumental Sports and Entertainment, which owns Capital One Arena, told WTOP.
“The building is only open a couple of hours a day. We think this brings so many more people to the complex. We’re doing 3 million people a year through the turnstiles, and 15 million people walk the neighborhood from a visiting standpoint. We think we might have the ability to bring 500,000 to 750,000 people annually to the Capital One Arena complex.”