Ted Leonsis announces plans for a Capital One Arena sportsbook

Josh Luckenbaugh
March 27, 2019 - 1:17 pm

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A sportsbook is coming Capital One Arena, Wizards and Capitals owner Ted Leonsis announced at the American Gaming Association Sports Betting Executive Summit Wednesday.

The sportsbook will be replacing the arena's Greene Turtle bar, as had been previously speculated. The Greene Turtle will remain open until April 9, the date of the Wizards' final home game, then will be transformed into the "Shell Raiser Lounge" for the Capitals' Stanley Cup playoff run. 

But after that, that space will become the arena's sportsbook.

"There will be a sportsbook in the building accessible from outside, depending on the league, depending on the event, it may be accessible from the inside as well," Leonsis said. 

The D.C. Council voted to legalize sports betting in February, and is expected to start taking bets before the end of 2019. Under the bill, the D.C. Lottery would oversee sports betting in the city.

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